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Not Your Father's Briefcase

Meet The Flight Case, Our Vertical Laptop Bag

Are you searching for a great vertical laptop bag that will not only transport and protect all your stuff, but will allow you to break free of the stereotypical "briefcase look"? Not quite ready to become your dad?

We'd like you to meet our Flight Case. A vertical briefcase (with a backpack option) that allows you to carry all your stuff, look smart and appease your inner rebel. The design is a deft combination of radical orientation, timeless proportions and professional execution.

Spend some time and get to know our Flight Case. Designed and built by passionate people who care about the craft, each piece is imbued with a quality that stands up to real-world use. Whether you're headed around the block or around the world, find out why our Premium Leather Vertical Briefcase is the first choice among creative, successful professionals worldwide.

Why The Flight Case

• Allows you to express your individualism while maintaining the highest level of professionalism

• The vertical design moves with you, is more comfortable and more protective

• Strikes the perfect balance between enough room to get you through a day but never feels bulky

• Quality you can believe in: Handmade from some of the finest hides available

• Expanded storage and backpack options

• Limited lifetime warranty

• Unparalleled customer service: Have a problem?

• Call 760 729 0620 Mon-Fri 10-3pm PST and speak to the boss.

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Open view of the mens leather briefcase by MacCase
Rear view of the mens leather laptop briefcase by MacCase

What Customers are Saying

"There is something to be said for the vertical design. It works brilliantly especially getting on and off trains and planes. It feels more like an extension of my body vs. something I am wearing. I used a traditional messenger bag for years. This is much better. Highly recommended"

- Christian B. Geneva Switzerland

"It's the perfect blend of old and new. I've had this case over 5 years and it only gets better looking with age. The leather is tough and the hardware is solid. As someone who commutes by motorcycle, the backpack option is great to have. This is the best computer bag I've ever owned."

- Tracy K. Vancouver BC Canada

"When I graduateed and got my first real job, I knew it was time to retire my beloved nylon messenger bag from college. I needed something that said I was taking things more seroiusly. This vertical briefcase fits my needs perfectly. Holds all my stuff yet allows me to be me. "

- Brian Z. Minneaplois, MN USA

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Professor Max Q Princeton, NJ. on July 25th, 2022

A Smart Choice-

I'm using the Flight Case as a leather briefcase backpack on campus it is proving to be quite the charmer. The bag holds everything I need for a day in the classroom but wearing the case as a backpack allows me to keep my hands free (to carry my coffee!) which makes getting around campus so much easier. Most of my students are using a backpack of some sort. The Mac Case is sort of the professional version of that.


Karl D - New York City. on Feb 7th, 2022

Ride on MacCase!

I'm commuting with this in backpack mode on my motorcycle. The case is great. The backpack straps are substantial and well worth the money. I can really tighten the case down and because it's not bulky, it doesn't affect the handling while I'm riding. When I get to work and take off my riding gear, I unclip the straps and have a fully professional leather briefcase I can take into any meeting. Just brilliant design all the way around.


Scott W. on May 08, 2021

The Perfect Briefcase for Travel

The perfect vertical briefcase for travel. It holds MacBook, iPad, iPhone and accessories. It makes moving around on the road a breeze. I took a train across country and it allowed me to carry my electronics securely with me at all times. The MacCase Premium Leather vertical laptop bag is the best option available!



Michael V. on Nov 07, 2021


This is my third MacCase product but my first for a laptop. The style is beautiful, the quality of construction is outstanding, the functionality is excellent. A tremendous value for the price. I would highly recommend this every time.



Barron Ruth on Aug 31, 2021


I love this case, I use it for carrying my IPAD PRO and my Macbook.... Best briefcase/backpack I have ever had!



Allan MacKenzie-Graham on Jul 19, 2020

My Favorite Bag

The Flight Case is simply the most beautiful computer bag I have ever seen. Simple and elegant, it draws compliments from friends and passersby. It looks great whether you are wearing a suit or jeans and a t-shirt. It is well-built and functional, made with solid, reliable hardware and easy to get things in and out of. And to top it all off, I feel confident that my MacBook pro is safe inside. I have purchased many computer bags over the years, from several manufacturers, but this is by far my favorite bag.



Tracy Polanowski on Jun 28, 2019

Premium Leather Briefcase

My husband loves this briefcase! It is of exceptional quality and is just the right size, not too big like all the other briefcases he has tried. He also loves the vertical orientation as it is easier to carry while he is walking. I love it because there's a space in it for my iPad Pro for when we go places together, even when his computer is in there. This bag looks even better than we expected it to. Its clasp is strong, and the pouch (we got the large one too) stays attached on the outside and holds all accessories. The only thing we didn't like was that there's no pen holder, but he bought a little sleeve to put his pens in so the cords wouldn't scratch them up, so no problem there. This is the best bag for the money anywhere out there.



Vesa Vahermaa on Jun 01, 2019

Prefect Computer Bag for Everyday Use

After browsing the web for quite some time looking for the perfect computer bag for my laptop and tablet PC, I stumbled upon MacCase. I was initially a bit hesitant considering the products were more expensive than the generic ones at my local electronics store, but was nevertheless impressed with the craftsmanship I could witness from the pictures and other users' reviews.

I decided to give MacCase a go, and ordered the vintage leather laptop briefcase that fits my tablet, laptop, important documents and all the necessary chargers in the pockets. I have used it practically every day since receiving it, and have gotten many positive remarks about it from my friends. Not only that, having bought the case fully equipped with backpack straps and an extended pouch, it fits both long and short trips and is a pleasure to carry around.

Furthermore, my brief E-mail correspondence with the MacCase customer service as an international customer have proven me that not only does this company provide excellent quality products that are fully worth the price, they also value their customers as individuals.

I fully recommend MacCase, both as a computer bag for your devices and as a company whose customer you might be considering becoming.



Reviewer: Andrei Frolov Vancouver, BC, Canada on Jul 02, 2018

Awesome Vertical Laptop Bag!

With sizes of run-of-the-mill computer bags getting bigger than my over-nighter climbing backpack, it is great to see a vertical laptop bag with a purpose. Not to mention taste. This Flight Case is just the right size to grab a laptop, a stack of papers, a few accessories, passport, and plane tickets. Design is very lean and functional, the leather and interior padding is excellent quality, everything is top notch. Just the thing I kept looking for ages, but could not find. For any amount of money. Well done. Thanks!



Reviewer: Scott K. Johnson Atlanta, GA on Jun 29, 2017

Thing of Beauty

After buying my new 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display, I couldn't see carrying it around in some ordinary computer bag or backpack. So I searched for the exact case that was worthy. The MacCase Flight Case is the ideal case for the task. Great leather and craftsmanship. I expect to be using it with this Mac and Macs to come. Definitely take a look if you value quality and style.



Reviewer: Sylvain Goulet Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Feb 04, 2015

Premium Leather Flight Case

This new Flight Case is simply fantastic! It's the perfect size for a 15" Macbook Pro, leaves some room for papers, iPad, and such extras without too much so that you are not encouraged to carry the entire office in it. The removable pouch at the front is a nice touch out of the way from the inside storage - get the larger one. The vertical shape falls naturally down when holding the bag on your shoulder as opposed to a regular (horizontal) office bag that often gets in the way of people in a crowded airport. It looks and is first class. I ordered mine on a Friday and was delivered all the way from California to Toronto, Canada by the following Monday. What great service. Thank you MacCase (Michael)!

What Comes in the Box

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Premium Leather Vertical Briefcase

Removable storage pouch for the leather briefcase

Removable, Zippered Storage Pouch

Padded interior divider

Padded Interior Divider

Shoulder strap and pad

Shoulder Strap and Shoulder Pad


Size and Weight

• Case Body - 15.5" x 11" x 2.5"

• Main Interior Compartment - 14.5" x 10.5" x 2"

• Small Pouch - 6" x 6" x 1"

• 2lbs

Explore Your Options

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Choose From 2 Distinct Hides

Choose from classic satin, pebble grain black or authentic, full grain distressed vintage brown. Our hides are the real deal, not "bonded leather" made from scraps and glue.

optional large pouch for the vertical leather briefcase backpack

Optional Large Storage Pouch

The base Pouch that comes with each Flight Case is removable. It can be swapped out for the optional Large Pouch. The Large Pouch increases the storage capacity by over 50% over the base Pouch.

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Optional Backpack Strap Set

Add hands-free functionality to your Premium Leather vertical laptop bag with the optional, matching backpack strap set. It turns any Flight Case into a fully functional leather backpack.

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Further Reading: The Vertical Laptop Bag

Vertical laptop bags and traditional horizontal laptop bags each offer distinct advantages, and the choice between them often comes down to personal preferences and specific needs. However, vertical laptop bags have unique virtues and benefits that set them apart from traditional horizontal bags, particularly concerning comfort and ergonomics.

The primary virtue of a vertical laptop bag lies in its alignment with the body's natural shape and movement. Unlike traditional horizontal bags, which are carried on one shoulder or across the back, vertical laptop bags are designed to be worn over one shoulder or across the body in a vertical orientation. This alignment positions the long axis of the bag parallel to the long axis of the body, allowing the bag to move with the natural sway and gait of the wearer.

This alignment offers several benefits in terms of comfort and ergonomics. Firstly, the vertical orientation distributes the weight of the bag more evenly across the body, reducing strain on the shoulders and back. With the weight distributed vertically along the body's centerline, there is less lateral pressure on the shoulders, resulting in a more balanced and comfortable carrying experience.

Additionally, the vertical orientation allows the bag to move with the wearer's body, rather than against it. As the wearer walks or moves, the bag naturally sways in sync with their movements, maintaining a closer and more comfortable relationship with the body. This dynamic interaction between the bag and the wearer enhances comfort and minimizes fatigue, particularly during extended periods of wear.

Vertical Laptop Bag - Real Benefits

Furthermore, the vertical orientation of the bag promotes better posture and spinal alignment. By aligning the bag's long axis with the body's long axis, vertical laptop bags encourage the wearer to stand or walk with a more upright posture, reducing the risk of slouching or hunching over. This improved posture helps alleviate strain on the spine and neck, leading to greater overall comfort and well-being.

n addition to the ergonomic benefits, vertical laptop bags offer practical advantages in terms of organization and accessibility. Many vertical bags feature multiple compartments and pockets designed to accommodate laptops, tablets, accessories, and personal items. The vertical orientation allows for easy access to these compartments, as the wearer can simply swing the bag around to the front or side to retrieve items without having to remove the bag entirely.

For some additonal insigth into the security benefits of a vertcial laptop bag, we asked Michael Santoro, founder and Chief Creative Officer of MacCase to share his toughts. He's been designing laptop bags for over 25 years. This is what he has to say:

"The vertical orientation of the bag can enhance security, particularly in crowded or busy environments. By wearing the bag close to the body in a vertical position, the wearer can keep a closer eye on their belongings, reducing the risk of theft or loss. This increased sense of security adds peace of mind for the wearer, especially when traveling or commuting in crowded areas."

Overall, the virtues and benefits of a vertical laptop bag versus a traditional horizontal bag center around comfort, ergonomics, organization, accessibility, and security. The vertical orientation of the bag aligns with the body's natural shape and movement, promoting better weight distribution, posture, and spinal alignment. Additionally, vertical laptop bags offer practical advantages in terms of organization, accessibility, and security, making them a preferred choice for individuals seeking comfort and functionality in their everyday carry.

Vertical Messenger Laptop Bag

Vertical messenger laptop bags offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice for individuals seeking a stylish and functional way to carry their laptops and essentials.

• Ergonomic Design: The vertical orientation of messenger laptop bags aligns with the body's natural shape, distributing weight evenly along the spine and shoulders. This ergonomic design reduces strain on the back and shoulders, making it more comfortable to carry the bag for extended periods.

• Streamlined Profile: Vertical messenger bags have a sleek and streamlined profile that hugs the body, making them ideal for navigating crowded spaces such as public transportation or busy streets. Their compact design allows for easy maneuverability, minimizing the risk of bumping into others.

• Hands-Free Convenience: Messenger bags are worn diagonally across the body, leaving the hands free to carry other items or perform tasks while on the move. This hands-free design is especially convenient for commuters who need to navigate busy environments or multitask while traveling.

• Easy Accessibility: Most vertical messenger laptop bags feature quick-access pockets and compartments, allowing users to easily retrieve items such as laptops, tablets, or documents without having to open the main compartment. This accessibility enhances convenience and efficiency, particularly for individuals who need to access their devices frequently.

Vertical Messenger Laptop Bag Additional Features

• Versatile Carrying Options: Messenger bags can be worn over one shoulder or across the body, providing flexibility in carrying preferences. The adjustable shoulder strap allows users to customize the fit for maximum comfort, whether they prefer to wear the bag high on the chest or lower on the hip.

• Stylish Appearance: Vertical messenger laptop bags often feature a modern and stylish design that complements both casual and professional attire. They are available in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes, allowing users to choose a bag that reflects their personal style and preferences.

• Organization: Many vertical messenger laptop bags come with multiple compartments and pockets for organizing laptops, tablets, accessories, and personal items. This organizational feature helps users keep their belongings neatly arranged and easily accessible, reducing clutter and improving efficiency.

• Travel-Friendly: Messenger laptop bags are lightweight and compact, making them an excellent travel companion for business trips or daily commutes. Their slim profile allows them to fit comfortably under airplane seats or in overhead compartments, providing convenience for frequent travelers.

IVertical messenger laptop bags offer a range of benefits, including ergonomic design, streamlined profile, hands-free convenience, easy accessibility, versatile carrying options, stylish appearance, organization, and travel-friendly features. These qualities make them a practical and fashionable choice for individuals seeking a functional and comfortable way to carry their laptops and essentials.

Vertical MacBook Pro Holder

How can one vertcial MacBook Pro holder with the same function make two very different statements? Change the color.

Color has an almost universal way of influencing the things we buy and the colors we buy them in.

How Does Color Influence Buying Decisions? This was something that was a hot topic when MacCase first launched its Premium Leather Collection in 2007.

Moreover, how does the same product appeal to a different audience just because of a color change? Let's take a closer look.

While we have seen our MacCase designs influenced by the colors we have chosen to create them in, I don't think there has been a product as influenced by color as our new Premium Leather vertical laptop bag. The fully structured vertical MacBook Pro holder has two completely different characters depending on which of the two colors you choose.

The Vintage Leather Vertical Laptop Bag

Our vintage vertical briefcase, like all our other vintage models, somehow speaks to a distant past and a not too distant future at the same time. Many reviewers have called our designs in that color "retro-futuristic". If you saw one in a movie where the main character rode into the shot on a horse you'd believe it.

If you saw one in a sic-fic movie where the main character rode into the shot on a levitating motorcycle, you'd believe that too. As a vintage leather vertical laptop bag, the Flight Case is romantic and heroic in a way that the idea of America is heroic.

It allows a person to dream of bigger, more exciting things even if they are just waiting for a bus. If a product can operate at that level it's doing something right. We try to make them timeless, without trend and anti-fashion.

The Flight Case vintage leather briefcase embodies all of these characteristics and more. The vintage hides we use ensure that no two vintage leather laptop bags that bear the MacCase name are the same and will patina in over time so your case will only look like your case. It’s pure individualism in an age of perfect digital copies.

Over time, this patina process endears the case to its owner. The hides lighten and darken at the same time. They darken where you touch and interact with them. They lighten as a result of the natural process of the oil evaporating out of the leather over time. The hides will also show the marks, bumps and bruises of life. It is this quality, the acknowledging of the passing of time that endears each of our vintage pieces to their customers.

The Black Leather Vertical Laptop Bag

If the vintage Flight Case is for mavericks and visionaries, the black pebble grain model is all business. It's the most traditionally professional case we have ever made. That's not to say it's traditional. Being vertically oriented keeps it on the cutting edge and out of the "that looks like your father's briefcase" zone.

If you're moving through corporate America, a law, accounting or real estate office or any other of a hundred possible professions where you want to walk that line between expressing who you are while looking like you're on your way to the corner office, you cannot have a more trusted companion then our new Flight Case.

And when 5 o’clock rolls around and it’s time to jump on your motorcycle and meet some friends, this versatile briefcase easily converts to a hands-free backpack. And the black leather will match your motorcycle jacket.

So you have the one design with the same functionality, yet two very different statements, two very different premium leather briefcases, each about who you are and where you are going based on the color chosen. Whether you choose the vintage or the black, our new leather briefcase backpack has what it takes to get you to where you want to go.

A True Vertical Briefcase?

When people first see this vertical briefcase, they don't know what to make of it. For anyone raised on the idea that a computer bag needs to be horizontally oriented, the design can be quite striking. For some people, a vertically oriented briefcase takes some getting used to. For others, it's as natural as a walk on the beach.

While many laptop totes tend to be soft-sided, this case is fully structured. This means it can stand up on its own. It does have a flap that covers the main compartment vs. a "lid" like a traditional briefcase. It also has a shoulder strap like the bags preferred by urban delivery kamikazes. But feature for feature, this is much more than your standard horizontal brief.

Most standard briefs don't have a backpack option. If they do, they just kind of look silly. Nor do they have exterior storage pouches with an option to expand to an even larger pouch for more storage. The backpack option is one of the features that sets this design apart from many of its competitors.

It's as good a vertical computer bag as you will find. It's also a pretty good backpack too. The 2.5" depth keeps the bulk down to a minimum. This is very helpful whether making your way through a crowded airport, subway train or even riding a motorcycle.

Not only is there very little bulk, but if you were to run into something or something was to run into you, the fully structured case is extremely protective. This is important when you're transporting a couple of thousand dollars in computer hardware. Whether this is in the form of a laptop or two or a laptop and a tablet.

If you see our vertical computer case and are startled, that's a pretty common reaction. If you are looking for what you might consider a vertical briefcase, give this design a long look. It has the features that many like about messenger designs, but it offers features that expand options and capabilities far beyond those horizontal models.