Boss puts a new face on stealth luxury with its Italian-made briefcase.
Signature bag, BOSS ($845). CityCenterDC, 202-408-9845
BOSS has arrived to save the modern DC gent from the twin scourges of messenger bags and black-box briefcases. The inspiration for the trim, slightly sporty BOSS Signature bag, says one member of the design team, “comes from the urban life of a businessman,” where elegance, craftsmanship, and functionality are mutually inclusive qualities. Each case is handmade by a single Florentine artisan over the course of eight hours. The stitching on the handles and the painted edges of the leather? That’s him. The silvery logo embossed on the front? That’s him, too. The bag’s uniqueness extends to its ocean-blue hue, applied in two layers to give it depth, for the guy who understands that masculinity comes in colors other than black or brown. Add in the practical touches—waterand scratch-resistant skin, laptop padding, pen loops, and smartphone pockets—and the result is the new go-to case for the DC professional. Bravi tutti!