Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business Leather Briefcase Review

Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business Leather BriefcaseFeatured at the number one spot on my top 15 leather briefcases for men article, the Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business is also one of the brand’s bestselling leather briefcases and popular among professionals who are looking for a formal bag that can also be used for casual occasions.

In my review, I will go over in-depth, all the features and practicalities of this briefcase to find out why it’s so renowned.

Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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At A Glance


tickOne of the bestselling leather briefcases by Kenneth Cole.

tickExcellent craftsmanship.

tickGreat choice of colors – Brown (maroon shade) and tan (chestnut shade).

tickGood number of compartments and pockets of varying sizes.

tickWell-padded throughout.


crossNot very light (yes, I am struggling to think of cons for this briefcase).


Kenneth Cole Show Business
Average Customer Rating4.4 out of 5 stars
Type Of LeatherFull Grain Cowhide Leather
Available ColorsBlack / Tan
Outer Compartments / Storage- 1 x Large Open Back Pocket
Inner Compartments / Storage- 2 x Main
- 1 x Large Open Front Pocket
- 1 x Large Front Zip Pocket
- Laptop Section
- 3 x Small Pockets
- Stationary Holders
Padded Laptop Compartment
Fits Laptop Screen SizeUp to 15.4"
Dimensions (inches)- 16" x 12.5" x 4"
- 14.75" x 10" x 1.75" (laptop pocket)
Weight (pounds)4.3 lbs
WarrantyLimited Lifetime

Design & Craftsmanship

At first glance, this briefcase appears very simple and gives an organized impression. Its brown model has a tint of maroon and features bronze hardware, while the tan color leans towards a chestnut shade, with silver metal hardware to compliment.

how it looks on a personA single stitched same color lining is prevalent throughout the exterior, as well as the interior, supported by padding where appropriate. The full grain cowhide leather is thick and durable, and its texture is soft and supple. It has a nice smell when in close contact, which is common for very fine quality leathers.

The zippers are also thick, and the buckles for the flapover closure is easy to open and close. Yes, it’s actually real buckles, and not magnetic snap closures like many other briefcases that incorporates buckles just for show.

The handle, which is also constructed of leather, is attached beneath the flap through an opening, rather than the flap itself, which in my opinion, looks better.

A nylon shoulder strap is included, with a padded leather shoulder rest for comfort. The entire strap is long enough to wear comfortably across your body. Overall, craftsmanship is top notch, which is why this leather briefcase looks more expensive than it actually is.


The exterior features one large pocket at the back, which is designed for storing small and thin items that you need quick access to. It’s secured by magnetic clasps that snaps together smoothly.

The InteriorAs you open the front flap, you’ll see that everything is pretty simple and organized, just like the exterior. The front compartment is an open section where you’ll find a small pocket for a mobile phone, two pen holders and three card holders.

Within that area is adequate space to store several other small items and paperwork. There’s also a large zip compartment within that section too.

The first main compartment is the largest, and has a good padded section designed to store a laptop of up to 15.4” screen. This section is secured by a Velcro strap, while opposite are three small padded pockets ideal for storing computer accessories such as a mouse, an adapter and an external HDD.

The second main compartment integrates adequate padding and it’s very possible to fit another thin laptop within this area, like some other customers do, but at the expense of added bulkiness. It’s probably more suited for thin folders and documents, which will help to maintain the shape of the briefcase.

My Conclusion

There’s very good reasons why the Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business leather briefcase has garnered overwhelmingly favorable reviews.

It feels and looks good to carry around due to its size and construction, and despite not being as light as many other leather briefcases (4.3 lbs), this is justified by great padded in all the right places.

However, I believe that the number one reason why this men’s briefcase is extremely popular is because it offers an image of luxury at very reasonable price. Combined with all its qualities, it’s undoubtedly a steal.

Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Written by Julian Walters

Head Editor of I'm obsessed over things that keep me organized, especially briefcases. My favorite movies are The Godfather I & II. I love Progressive House music, and my favorite food is steak.