From the less-is-more school: a minimalist briefcase.
From the same "less is more" design school as the Daylight Backpack, the Daylight Briefcase is our answer to those who desire a classic, ultralight, and utilitarian briefcase.
And, like any well-realized, pure, straight-forward design, the Daylight Briefcase is defined almost as much by what it forgoes as by what it features. Our decision to omit padded handles, foam panels, and structure makes it eminently light and packable: an empty Daylight Briefcase fits flat in the main compartment of the Aeronaut 45, and it can be rolled and stowed in just about any of our larger bags.
Take a closer look at the Daylight Briefcase and you'll see our signature well thought-out pocketry. On the front face, one zippered pocket sits at a slight slope so you can slip in your 7" tablet with ease, either on its own or in a vertical 7" Tablet Cache or vertical Cache for iPad Mini. (Tip: tuck the flap of the Cache above the zipper and to the left so that the Cache remains in the pocket when you remove your tablet.) Above that slanted pocket, a second zippered pocket spans the width of the bag. Inside, it is divided down the middle into two sides that are well-suited for holding a phone, a paperback or Kindle, a power supply, or other small stuff.
One wall of the main compartment contains an open-top pocket with an elastic top. This clever application of elastic means the pocket can offer greater capacity for bulkier items without totally bellowing out, as well as making it easier for you to stow and retrieve things without catching them on the edge of the pocket. On the opposite wall you'll find two webbing loops designed to accept our Cache laptop sleeve. The Cache secures to the interior of the Daylight Briefcase in such a way that you can slide it out at TSA security checkpoints without actually removing your laptop from the Cache, turning the Daylight briefcase into a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag most laptops 13" or under.
O-rings? You bet. There's a total of six O-rings in the Daylight Briefcase: two in the main compartment, and two in each of the horizontal pockets on the face and back of the bag (tucked up near the external edges of the handles). Just to get you started, we've included an 8" Key Strap in Black, tethered to one of the O-rings in the main compartment. Add Organizer Pouches, Key Straps, a Guardian Light, or even a 3D Organizer Cube to customize and organize the inside of your bag.
The exterior back side has a pocket with a gently curved zipper. Files or a magazine fit great, but, like with the Daylight Backpack, stowing a jacket in this pocket creates a padded back panel and gives the bag some body and definition.
Although the top webbing grab handles can be pushed down out of the way when they're not of use, they naturally want to arise and meet, ready for your hand to grab. The Daylight Briefcase comes with a Simple Shoulder Strap, which clips to d-ring attachment points.
Choosing an Exterior Fabric
You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Daylight Briefcase is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions: email@example.com
- plain weave with 1/4” / 6mm ripstop
- 400 denier type 6 filament nylon (base fabric); 420 denier ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop grid
- light urethane
- Made In
Choose this fabric if
- You want a lighter weight alternative to traditional nylon fabrics that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
- You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
- You have pets: 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.
525d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
- 2x2 “ballistic” weave
- 525 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon, twisted
- heavy urethane
- Made In
- South Korea with Canadian Yarn
Choose this fabric if
- You want your bag to be soft and supple yet tough as nails.
- You want a fabric that's stately enough to be at home at work, the mountains, or a nice hotel.
- You don't want your bag to collect pet hair or abrade your clothing.
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.
- B.J. R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact1 month agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, CompactRated 4 starsALMOST perfect.
This is a great little bag - big enough for the essentials and small enough as to inhibit its getting too heavy (i.e. overfilling it!) Well made and sharp. I have just three things I'd do differently (ok, three and a half):
1. The handles could be just a bit longer and have a bit of cushion. Even for a small bag, they feel a bit on the skimpy side and likely won't be too comfortable making the haul from one end of Newark airport to the other.
2. The way the front zip is sewn into two compartments is not entirely function and makes we worry I'm going to eventually tear the stitching as I reach into the pocket and hit the middle seam. The "and a half" is that it'd be nice if there was a little bit of organization in there (a pen pocket or two, that sort of thing).
3. I knew this was absent when I bought the bag, but I still think a water bottle pocket would make this a near perfect minimalist bag for just the essentials. Otherwise you've got to keep your bottle inside and a.) zip/unzip for access and b.) worry about cap failure/leak.
Generally, it's a sweet bag and I dig it!Was this helpful?
- Greg C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design, Compact2 weeks agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design, CompactRated 5 starsDaylight Briefcase just right
Bought to carry to coffee shop instead of a full backpack. Works great with MacBook Air (2020) and a few work supplies.Was this helpful?
- Casey M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, Sewn in USA3 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size, Sewn in USARated 5 starsSimple but perfect
Simple but perfect is how I describe most tb products - think think is engineered exactly how I need it, especially in the lighter halcyon, without adding anything more. Will be getting the daylight pack as well. The design of these fit the way I do business travel perfectly.
I travel almost every week for work so like to pack hobby gear like cameras, binoculars, etc. with these bags, I can use a carry on that comfortably holds this gear and these bags, so I can arrange my work setup once I get to my hotel.
There are no other products that do what the daylight does so well.Was this helpful?
- Astrid B.Verified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, High Quality Finishings, Durable5 months agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Made in USA, High Quality Finishings, DurableRated 5 starsLarger on the inside
This is well-made bag with room for a lot of stuff. Don't let the size deceive you -- there's more cargo capacity than you expect. Lots of pockets to keep things organized and handy.Was this helpful?
- Dawn L.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Compact, Thoughtful Design, Durable5 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Compact, Thoughtful Design, DurableRated 5 starsBest option for light, compact, packable briefcase
I needed something light, compact, and packable to bring in my suitcase for an international conference. My Pilot was just too large. After lots of investigation, this was the best possible option. My iPad Pro 12.9”, PC tablet, water bottle, jacket, plus conferencing gear was a bit of a tight squeeze, but it helped keep the weight down. I even met someone at a conference because I noticed that he had the same bag. Although I like the stealth label on the black colorway, I wish I had made a different choice so that other people could recognize my bag easily!Was this helpful?