When I was in college, I purchased a $40 women’s briefcase from Target that had black crocodile print faux leather and silver toned hardware. I loved that it was modern but looked appropriate in a professional setting. However, that bag started falling apart at the seams and handles within two months of use, and sadly I had to throw it away long before the semester ended. So I was quite excited when I got the chance to review the very similar Bidinis Simone Briefcase, made with genuine leather and much better craftsmanship.
Bidinis was started by Italian founder and creative director Caterina Bidini. Caterina is creative and passionate and aims to bring designer quality at accessible prices. The brand is now based in Sydney and all of their bags are made in Italy with Italian leather. Bidinis offers luxury bags in bright colors and modern designs, as well as classic styles for both men and women.
CONSTRUCTION & AESTHETIC
The Simone Briefcase is made with genuine leather from Italy in a crocodile print. The leather is lined with black fabric and backed to create flexible yet firm sides to the structured briefcase. It has a wide mouth opening with a silver toned zipper and matching leather pull.
The straps have a drop length of about 6 inches, meaning it’s best to carry handheld as opposed to over the shoulder. It does come with a matching strap that attaches to the handle hardware with simple snap clips. The bottom of the bag is protected with studs, helping it stand upright and maintain its professional look.
The bag comes with a silver toned pendant with the Bidinis logo on a leather strap, which adds some metallic shine without being gaudy. The bag itself balances boldness and elegance very well.
The Simone Briefcase measures in at around 15″ x 15″ x 5.5″ and tapers just slightly at the top. I can fit my 13″ Macbook Pro in there, although it is a little too snug if I have my Macbook in its sleeve. This would best suit a smaller, lighter airbook or tablet instead of a full sized laptop. Its lighter build and smaller straps aren’t conducive to hauling around heavy electronics and chargers. There are two pockets on the inside, one zippered for safekeeping. There is also a small, streamlined pouch at the front of the bag that’s perfect for snugly storing your phone for quick access. This feature is a trend that I’ve been noticing pop up in a few ladies’ bags, and I absolutely love it. Unzipping a bag and fishing around for your phone between papers and purse items quickly becomes a pain, and this makes it so much easier.
The Bidinis Simone Briefcase is a beautiful, classic choice for working women who want something professional yet stylish. The Simone Briefcase is the perfect upgrade from that college bag I mentioned earlier. It has held up perfectly after several months of use, and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s an excellent investment for a professional wardrobe.