Back to Life Back to Reality

After a few weeks of peace and serenity, after you’ve spent a week or two on a sun-drenched beach, making the transition from summer holiday to work may not be something you look forward to. August signifies not only the slow end of summer, it also means that the back-to-work/uni/school season is just around the corner when its time to face reality again.
Getting back into the swing of things after time off is never easy but there are a few ways you can adjust back into your working life and make the transition smooth and painless!

Get organised and start as you mean to go on. Making a shopping list of business essentials may help you find that you are actually ready to resume your working days. So to help put some colour and fun into your work day, we’ve picked our favourite back-to-work accessories.

Work Bags

SageBrown offers a  wide range of luxury leather briefcases and work bags designed to suit all customers’ needs that combine traditional functionality with modern elegance. Depending on your line of work, you’ll need to know what you want from your briefcase before you buy it. Do you just need something to carry a laptop and some documents in? Do you need slots for pens, PDAs and paperwork? Would you prefer the briefcase that closes with a zip, a flap, or clasps? Do you need a combination lock?  With so many choices, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. We have made the process easier by highlighting our five best-selling work bags in an easy-to-compare guide.

Get organised – SageBrown is proud to present their exclusive new vintage leather from their tannery in Northamptonshire, UK. This beautifully proportioned unisex briefcase from the Signature range is exquistly handmade and complimented with luxurious contrasting suede lining. There are two main compartments large enough for a small laptop and a slim slip pocket at the front. The back section has three suede pockets to hold mobile devices, business cards and other personal effects. The briefcase also comes with a detachable shoulder strap that attaches to hidden clasps in a back pocket. The briefcase is beautifully finished with a hand made solid brass lock and key from The Midlands, UK. Built to stand the test of time, this is a bag that’s designed to stick around.

The Kingston laptop bag is handmade in full grain durable calf leather and cleverly designed to be both stylish and functional with abundant storage space to carry both your laptop, personal effects and documents.  This bag features two spacious compartments, with expandable sides, zip closure and lined throughout in sumptuous cream suede. For convenience, or when fully laden, the adjustable leather shoulder strap can be attached to the metal loops on the top of the bag allowing this briefcase to be carried on the shoulder or across the body. The bag has two sturdy handles and piped edges which all add to the durability of this versatile, totally practical bag.

Clunk Click - Recommended by The Telegraph as one of the top ten briefcases for men, this SageBrown Kensington attaché briefcase is in a class of it's own. This classic, sturdy, lid over briefcase is constructed in a choice of premium calf leather or traditional English bridle hide with hand-stitching around the edges. Connoisseurs of leather will really appreciate the natural patina that develops becoming dramatically more beautiful over time. The briefcase closes with two handmade solid brass locks which give that signature deep "clunk" sound when opened. Internally, the case is lined in a luxurious contrasting suede. Inside there are three expandable pockets, space for five credit or business cards, pen loops and 2 flat pockets. The case stands on 4 metal feet at the base. This lid over attaché style is a rare find and one that is becoming increasingly desirable with discerning professionals. This is understated class at its best.

Don't shoot the messenger! - These are more casual style work bags, rather than formal briefcases, so they would be ideal for varied work environments. They go well with jeans and a shirt, and in some cases, a suit and tie. This popular leather courier messenger bag can be worn across the body, or on the shoulder and can be used as a casual or relaxed business piece. Handmade from durable cowhide and luxuriously lined with suede, this bag will certainly stand the test of time.The adjustable leather and canvas shoulder strap can be extended and can be worn across the body to keep hands free for other luggage.

For those of you who like to travel light how about his hand held portfolio? It's handmade in England in the finest traditional bridle leather using the best locks and zips money can buy. Ideal for both men and women executives, this versatile folder is the perfect example of a traditional portfolio that can cross over from a document case to a slim briefcase. The retractable handles means you can choose how to hold this smart accessory. A brass RiRi zip secures the case around two sides and features a handmade brass lock secured with a key. The sumptuous contrast suede lining adds a touch of luxury with the added bonus of a slightly padded slip pocket and leather card holder for three cards. A great accessory to carry in your hand or in your briefcase.

For other accessories to spruce up your professional image here's our top 10 favourites that you shouldn't be without to add the final touches.  

1. Stay sharp -  Keep your pens and pencils in shape with this smart sleek pencil case in a selection of colours and textures.

2. This key case keeps all of your keys safely and stylishly in one place. Handmade from our fine calf leather choose from a variety of colours and textures.

3. Safeguard your iPad mini from scratches and accidental bumps with this luxurious ultra slim leather iPad cover.

4. This classic, soft, lightly padded leather spectacle sheath is ideal to protect your glasses.

5. Hand-made in saffiano calf leather with a criss cross texture, these smart business card holders are an impressive way to introduce yourself to your client.

6.This sturdy pen case is slightly wider at the top and tapers to the base and is suitable for up to three pens.

7. Our best selling men's Italian gloves are hand stitched in the finest nappa leather with luxuriously soft rabbit fur lining throughout. Slide your hand into this super soft glove for the most fantastic winter warm feeling. 

8.This smart belt adds a touch of class and distinction to your outfit  and is versatile enough to be worn with formal or casual styles. 

9. This handmade unisex travel tray in in fine calf leather is luxuriously lined in a contrast colour suede which has been slightly padded with a diagonal stitch detail. Simply clip the corner studs together to form the tray or pack flat whilst travelling. 

10.This luxurious tall wallet is ultra slim and will fit discreetly into any front jacket pocket. Open the wallet to reveal a total of sixteen horizontal credit card slots and two full length slip pockets behind to insert notes, all with beautifully turned edges for that extra touch of class. 


Don't forget for that extra special touch SageBrown offers a personalisation service. Many leather products can be personalised with embossing or engraving on some metal components. Embossing embellishes the leather by indenting initials or wording through pressure. We offer blind embossing (no colour), gold or silver in a choice of two fonts -  Helvetica or Times New Roman. Engraving is done by hand onto metal components of some locks. 

Our Leather

Our leather offers the optimal balance of performance and practicality. Beautiful items that stand the test of time, feel good to use and carry your individual style effortlessly every day. Click here for tips on how to maintain your leather products.


Only the best leathers are sourced for our products to ensure they will stand the test of time. Attention to detail is paramount and top quality components such as zips and clasps to handmade brass locks from Northampton are sourced to create pieces that are simply outstanding. We work with a small workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, that have developed their skills over many years. Headed by Ahmet, each item is expertly cut and stitched from the finest leather to create products which are exceptional in every way.

Corporate Gifts

Many of our products make excellent corporate gifts. With Christmas just around the corner, its the perfect time to make an appointment to come and see us to discuss your requirements.

Since the launch of SageBrown, a trustworthy reputation has been built as a purveyor of luxurious leather goods by offering unsurpassable customer service. As well as offering a bespoke service to our more discerning customers, we also offer a corporate service making the act of sending the appropriate gift feel effortless. Select from a vast array of products that includes travel and business accessories, folios, briefcases, messengersstud boxes, and much more. SageBrown's fine leather collection accommodates all levels of corporate giving. A customised gift-wrapping service is also available. Bespoke boxes and packaging in your own corporate colours can be created to deliver your gift with class and distinction.

We pride ourselves on creating timeless business accessories that make your working life effortless and stylish. Our products not only look beautiful they are very functional and last for many years. From briefcases to messenger bags, portfolios to small leather goods, we have everything you'll need to get back to work. Click here to take a look at our extensive range of great products on our SageBrown web site or go to our Back to Work Pin Board and make your day job as enjoyable and stress free as possible. 

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