After debuting the Luxe bag earlier this year, Defy Bags is expanding on their line of cleaned-up cases for the urban commuter. With years of experience producing burly messenger bags—like those made from 24-ounce tarpaulin with quick-release buckles intended for use by special forces—the company has applied this background to more subdued briefcases. The workcase series aims to inject a bit of roughneck personality into the boardroom staple, described in the company's witty copy as, "Badass meets ‘Pardon me sir.'"
The three new additions can be seen as walking the line from hardcore to buttoned-up. The Defender brief looks every inch as tough as it's intended to be, while the Scholar and Journeyman models streamline and simplify the materials for a more professional aesthetic. The body of each is made from vintage truck tarps and finished with hand-skived leather detailing. On the inside, specialty pockets are kept to a minimum with a closed-cell foam slot for laptops, plus a few discreet sleeves.
With the workcase series, Defy keeps to their grassroots and uncompromising ethos while raising the bar on refinement. Ideal for the salaryman who likes to geek out on reclaimed materials and durability, the briefcases start at around $300.
Defy Bags is offering Cool Hunting readers 20% off the workcase series through 24 May 2013 by using the code "coolhunting" at checkout.
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