Style February 6, 2023
I was so happy to see a box with Waterfield written on it land on my desk, this was one of the first companies I ever reviewed back when I was a young fledging writer, I didn’t know then it was possible to fall in love with a bag but I did.
The Agile Brief was also love at first sight, it comes in three designs, the Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather, the Black Ballistic with Black Leather and Black Ballistic with Chocolate Leather which was the style we received. The Agile Brief has taken the classic briefcase and sprinkled it with Waterfield magic, keeping things light but incredibly durable at the same time. It comes with a built-in padded compartment to protect laptops and tablets up to 14.15″ x 10″ in size, the entire briefcase is surrounded with a light foam shell that not only adds structure making it easier to access your belonging and stand it upright but it also acts as an extra protective layer. Alongside your laptop you can fit your tablet and other work gear, at the front of the bag there is a zip up pocket with a key clip, this is handy for storing your most used items, keys, phone, wallet, travel, cards etc. Under that there is a document with some funky self-finding magnetic clips, these take a bit of getting used to when opening as they need sliding in opposite directions but then they snap back together in a most satisfying way.
In the main compartment you will find the laptop and tablet sleeve as well as an organiser section opposite. It is all lined with an attractive burnt orange material which makes it easier to see your belongings, especially smaller items. The Supreme Suspension Strap takes some of the pressure off your body, it has grippy material on the shoulder pad helping it stay in place and not wrinkle your clothing on the commute. There are also two full-grain leather wrapped handles as another option for carrying the brief case so they’ll get softer over time and won’t dig into your fingers. Speaking of the leather, is it weird to stay this bag smells good, Waterfield uses full grain, natural leather which is the toughest part of the hide with the tightest grain (and the most expensive) this version has a natural tan finish. This leather will become naturally distressed and softer over time creating a unique design that looks more rugged and attractive as the years go by. The Agile Brief is a highly durable, functional and beautifully made bag that will give you a lifetime of loyal service, it’s impossible not to love. RRP $349
- Premium materials and construction
- Soft padded laptop and tablet sleeve
- Secure self-finding magnetic buckles
- Suitcase handle pass through sleeve
- Premium full grain leather that ages beautifully over time
- Removable, adjustable Suspension Shoulder Strap
- Durable and weatherproof
- Puts all your other bags to shame