International Pocket Briefcase
Twice Told Tale
Approximately 35 years ago, I bought my first and only, until now, international pocket briefcase. Decided to treat myself to a new one. I truly wish that all the other purchases I've made in the last 35 years turned out as well as that one. And I'm happy to see its relatively the same product. I plan on buying a third one, in about 35 years.
January 14, 2014
Fits perfectly in shirt pocket
The photos do not show it, but the folio opens up across the top to stuff things inside like receipts or notes. I put my Levenger fountain pen inside the pen sleeve and it also fits perfectly; I was afraid that I'd have to settle for a pocketini pen. This was a present for my fiance and I'm sure he will love it; he's been looking for something nice to replace his pocket steno-pad for taking notes.
October 19, 2013
Just what I wanted
All ratings are basis of the price point of $60+ USD. An excellent value. Have this item in the saddle color; feel the pictures in this ad are true to hue. Imagery is also accurate as to leather finish, stitching, general construction as is the representation of the extra cost embossing. Checked with a ruler, all dimensions are accurate. Tried my Passport in it, it does fit (in pocket beneath the card holder side), but it's snug. Best to carry a very thin pin if you need this feature. Not noted is that all surfaces are finished with either leather as shown or with a robust textile. Textile is some type of woven synthetic fiber, very light in color. Stitching is uniform and relatively fine on all seams, exposed or hidden. It compares very well with another much more expensive wallet I own. About Function: This item meets my personal requirements and expectations in every regard. But, if you need to carry more than two credit cards it might be an issue. There is room for more in the flap pocket, yes, but they'll be loosely bunched. A checkbook is out of the question. A feature not noted at all that has great benefits is the currency pocket. Neither the imagery nor the text picks up on this. The flaps are much too short for USA currency; it sticks out a good 3/4". Instead when you lay the wallet flat you have a full-length pocket that is a full 7 3/4" wide and 5 1/2" deep. But the pocket has a pocket within it. So, there's a shallow pocket that accepts flat US currency perfectly and another much deeper one for foreign currency that can be much larger. Nicely done. The pen pocket has been critiqued in other reviews. It's easy to see why. It's just too short for standard length pens, they stick up so far from the top of the sleeve that they are going to be prone to slip out and the clip of standard pen is just not long enough to get a good grip. In addition the wallet in not "tall" enough to properly hold a standard click-able ballpoint. The click button sticks all the way out of the leather. This is true of pens 5 3/4" in length. The sleeve is only 3 3/4" deep so, look for a shorter pen, with a deeper reaching clip and consider one that's rather thin as well. Of all the Levenger offers the Lamy's seem most suitable. They have long clips and the clips grasp their full length, not just at the end tip. But, they are neither thin nor short. The 3 x 5 card holding pocket is both good at holding a card and you can write on a card with a smooth and firm surface underneath. Sweeteners: The product packaging for Levenger products is uniformly excellent. It's nicely refined in materials, finish and color and the elastic band that closes the box is properly attached and of long lasting material. As a gift, it presents extremely well. When opened the wallet is gently wrapped in a very soft of well-finished material which you unfold to expose the wallet. A keeper all of it. These next may change without warning (the are not advertised at all) but I received sample 3x5 cards and a transparent sheet magnifier that fits perfectly in the interior 3x5 pocket. The cards are card stock not a thick paper--if you use a fountain pen, no worries. The card samples are of the Things to Do list, Horizontal Line note type and the Graph Grid type. All are two sided printed. The Things to Do card has the same graphic on both sides as does the Horizontal Line Card. The Grid card is printed with horizontal lines on the reverse. The type count is 5 Things to Do, 3 Horizontal Line and 2 Grid. The sheet magnifier works perfectly and comes in a protective sleeve to help with scratches over time. All in all for my needs this is a delightful purchase and I most certainly recommend it to you and to my friends.
September 12, 2013
POEM Pocket Briefcase (Haiku)
red pocket briefcase
my loyal note companion
best wallet ever!
April 26, 2013
Waiting for this in red
I've used the international pocket briefcase as a wallet. Having a pen and cards available is handy. There's room for cards & cash & receipts. Fits in a back pocket.
1) I'm waiting for it to be available in red again.
2) If the pen holder could be a bit more firm -- pens seem to fall out.
April 14, 2012
Great product but...
I have been using Levenger products for over a year so when it came to a wallet replacement, I knew where my first stop would be. Always leaving my to do list at the office and having to send my self emails for reminders of things to get accomplished was getting old so this product became very intriguing.
Unfortunately for me I carry more plastic money than the real thing, so the only drawback here is the organized space for credit cards. I like having my 3x5 card there to jot notes on, along with room for more just I case the list needs to grow, but I'd probably shy away of I could do it all over because of the lack of credit card slots.
Overall the product seems to be very high quality after a week's use, and the personalization added with monogramming really makes the product unique and intriguing to others when it comes out of my pocket. More slots in the future and I'm all over this one!
April 9, 2012
great. get it.
I had a franklin covey 755235 that I loved. but finally it fell apart. seeking to replace it, I found sadly that it had been discontinued. I found this thing and gave it a try. it is very high quality, and a little pricey, but it is really great. try it. you'll find you use it all the time.
February 9, 2012
Take Notes Now
I have owned this product for about 3 years now and I use it daily - not just for travel - it is my wallet and my life-saver when I need to jot down notes at any time and at any place. I had to write this review because just yesterday I was driving a friend from lunch and she had to jump on a conference call and take notes - she asked for a pen which always resides in its sleeve and she started taking notes instantly - made possible because of its sturdy construction - when she was off her call I had to rave about the product in all its simplistic glory. Forget PDA's and iPhones when you simply need to jot a quick note - so much easier and more human.
November 11, 2010
Tough Durable and Efficient
I purchased this back in 2004. It has seen a lot of hard use sitting in my back pocket since then. My checkbook and passport reside there along with notes, my kids pictures and other necessities. In other words, it is stuffed! Through all the abuse, my International Pocket Briefcase is in wonderful condition. I expect it will last at least another five years, perhaps much longer. Major kudos to Levenger for maintaining scrupulous quality standards.
April 3, 2010
Long Time User
I have been using my International Pocket Briefcase for more than 12 years, and it is still my go to daily organizer, note taker and quick organizer. Perfect for quick meeting in the office or on the road. The size allows it to easily fit into a your coat pocket, or toss it into your briefcase.
I get comments on it all the time, and has held up great.
November 13, 2009