Bomber Jacket International Pocket Briefcase
Business Travel Assistant
The business world is full of electronic gadgets designed to be convenient and promote productivity but there are times, especially when traveling, when I need to write down a phone number, create a follow-up list, or document a great idea. Most of those times come quickly and by the time I power-up and type in my user id and password the moment of inspiration had passed. That was until I got armed with the Bomber Jacket International Pocket Briefcase.
Besides being at the ready for taking notes it also has handy pockets for my hotel, rental, and airline cards along with space for business cards and spare 3X5 notecards. I use the billfold compartment as a place to stash my travel expense receipts.
The Bomber Jacket International Pocket Briefcase is very stylish and helps promote a professional and organized image. Best of all, it helps make my business travel just a little bit easier and I can't really say that about any of the electronic devices I have to cart along with me.
February 1, 2008
International Pocket Briefcase.
I have had and used this Bomber International Pocket Briefcase for about two years now. First I think it important to say that I believe the issue for other reviewers around year 2009 about the cash section being too deep has been addressed. Mine has two cash "pockets" in the back. One deep, spanning the whole height of the wallet (can accommodate up to 500EUR notes), the other about half way (good for US currency or up to 20EUR notes)
Mine did NOT come with the little pocketini pen that is in many of the photos, so be aware of that.
Pens can slip out if you throw it into a bag upside down, as the leather for the pen slot is a little flexy/stretchy. But if your pen clip grips well onto the leather, this is less likely. It can hold a medium size rollerball or fountain pen without adding much to the overall bulk, which is nice.
It is definitely a handsome wallet and the feel and quality easily justify the price. I dislike wallets in general, but I end up buying a lot of them in an attempt to have one that I actually like using and carrying. This is probably my favorite so far and about average in price paid. I do get lots of compliments and admiring looks when I am taking notes in public or reviewing my shopping list at the market.
The one feature I do not use much is the sort of receipt stash pocket behind the cards. I would rather just have another card slot and reduce the thickness by one layer of cotton liner. I do occasionally use it for parking/valet tickets though, so perhaps I should not complain. Still, I could just as easily use the pocket behind this one for the purpose.
My first impression was that it was a little thicker than I would have liked, but after using it for years, It is of a reasonable size for all of the functionality that it offers.
I just counted and right now mine is carrying 28 notes of currency, 6 3x5 cards, 6 cards/ID's (doubled up in card slots), an average sized Parker ballpoint, and it still lies quite flat. That is probably the leader in terms of capacity amongst all my wallets. Some other long/jacket wallets have pretty good capacity too, but none that I own have the section for a handily held 3x5 card for easy notation on the go and few have a pen loop.
If you have not seen/touched the bomber leather from Levenger, it is a deep grained and supple or soft leather that I find uncommonly attractive. It looks ever so slightly rugged but is even softer than many Nappa or deerskin leathers. I have bought a significant fraction of the total offered bomber products, if that gives an indication of my regard for the quality and style for my taste.
I have tried to address any concerns I would have about the features of the wallet for people considering the purchase. It may not be for everybody, but for me, I could scarcely be happier with the wallet. I definitely use mine more than any of my other score or more of wallets.
Thanks Levenger! It is always a pleasure when products last and get even more enjoyable to use over the years.
December 9, 2013
This "pocket" briefcase doesn't fit in a man's pocket. It hung out of the top of his pocket and was way too bulky when he sat down. We had to return it. :( We were so disappointed since he had had his eye on it for months!
December 7, 2013
Through the years, I have three of the "Pocker Briefcases." I just bought two for my sons because this is such a quality product. Classic styling, well built, and extremely functional. Have looked at a lot of wallets, but the Bomber Jacket International Pocket Briefcase is the real deal...
December 4, 2013
excellent for trade shows and customer meetings
I have the Bomber jacket pocket briefcase and use it for personal items, but wanted the international for trade shows, conventions and customer meetings to take notes, carry my business cards and keep business cards i gathered at these events. Levenger really has a great product in the Bomber jacket leather.
November 30, 2013
I've purchase other items from Levenger and didn't always feel I got the greatest bang for my buck, but this wallet is priced just right. The leather feels great and it's full of pockets for stubs, paper currency, passport, etc.
October 14, 2013
Almost Perfect. Almost.
I've never spent this much on a wallet before, but I love the functionality of the Pocket Briefcase design. And I expect it will last a decade at a minimum, so that makes it a worthwhile purchase for me. My only quibble, and it's a minor one: The clear ID window on my wallet is not quite centered, so one edge does not lie flat when my ID and credit cards are in place. And adjustment of a millimeter there would make this wallet 100% perfect.
July 28, 2013
It was all I've come to expect from Levenger
Have used the pocket briefcase for a couple of years and recently my dog decided to eat mine. I guess that soft leather was just to tempting. So I decided to upgrade to the Bomber Jacket International and it's perfect.
July 20, 2013
Bomber jacket pocket briefcase
I have used the pocket briefcase as a wallet for 10 years. I bought the bomber jacket version 5 years ago and it's amazing. It looks exactly as new. I'm thinking of buying another one to have in case they stop making them.
May 25, 2011
I wish I loved this, and I'm partly to blame
This is a great product, and if it meets your needs, grab it at once. The picture doesn't do it justice, but also doesn't really show the thickness of the pocket briefcase. Had I known the outer pocket (actually two pockets, one for currency, and another the size of the wallet itself) was as cavernous as it is, I probably wouldn't have gotten this. I was looking for something a little sleeker.
If they made this product withoutt the outer pocket, you would still have room for an ID, credit cards, and 3 internal pockets. And I would have ordered that one. And be thrilled.
The packaging is magnificent, and the delivery time was incredibly fast. I would return it for a slimmer wallet, except for the fact that they monogrammed it (which really makes it look incredible.
If you ever make one this without the outer pockets, I'll be in line to purchase it. and based on this item, I will be purchasing more items from Levenger...I will just research a little more next time to make sure it completely fills my needs.
May 11, 2011