SINCE 1985

Welcome to Custom Hide,
explore our collection of fine leather briefcases and backpacks
handcrafted in USA


Each bag is hand-made to order
by our artisans, using traditional techniques.

Only hand selected full-grain hides and solid brass hardware used to ensure perfection

Instead of settling down for a bag where all the details are predetermined,
build a custom case that will fit your personal needs.

We specialize in customizing our products


Entire collection is backed by our Lifetime Warranty and is only available at customhide.com





Scholar 2 Compartment w/pockets


Ultimate Backpack



SINCE 1989 Returns & Exchanges Lifetime Warranty
Scholar 3 Compartment w/pockets
Larry Klaahsen
United States
September 28, 2022

What a beautifully made briefcase! The craftsmanship is evident and this briefcase will be one that I will hand down to my son and then to my grandson! I will be ordering a number of other items because what Custom Hide says about their products is accurate and true. Thank you Custom Hide!

Custom-made 1945 Army BriefcaseAugust 14, 2022
Reviewer: JAMES D'LOUGHY Palm Beach Gardens, FL United States


Tony exceeded my expectations in both product quality and customer service. I ordered an Army Bag with a custom logo and other interior modifications. Tony went above and beyond to accommodate my very particular requests with great patience and professionalism. The result is a handsome and very functional leather bag. I have used the bag for a couple of days now and have received multiple compliments. We are considering making Custom Hide the official purvey of leather bags to the Firm. I recommend Custom Hide for the professional who seeks unique and superior quality leather products at a fair price.

1945 US Army 3 CompartmentAugust 4, 2022
Reviewer: Tom Carrero Ponte Vedra Beach, FL United States

An absolutely beautiful bag.

Bag was made exactly to my specifications. Heavy, full grain leather, expert craftsmanship. You can tell that pride was taken when making this bag. It's a piece that looks and feels like it will end up being an heirloom and probably the last bag you'll ever buy. Very impressed. I know the bag is new, but you just can't beat the smell of "real" leather. Outstanding job. Thank you!

Custom-made Scholar 3 Compartment w/pocketsJune 30, 2022
Reviewer: Steven Rego NJ, United States

I ordered this custom Scholar and added an Umbrella pocket and luggage trolley sleeve in Whiskey color. I could not be happier with the product I received. I LOVE THIS BRIEFCASE! It's beautiful and functional and absolutely meets all of my needs. The quality and workmanship are unmatched. Thank you, Custom Hide, for a great experience!

1945 US Army 2 Compartment LaptopFebruary 1, 2022
Reviewer: Burt Weaver, Westerville, OH United States

Wonderful bag. Beautiful leather. Good comms from Custom Hide. This will be passed down to my son when he gets his first real job. Won't be my last product from you. Thanks!

Second briefcase from Custom Hide - 1945 US Army 3 CompartmentNovember 30, 2021
Reviewer: Shawn, Saint Benedict, OR United States

This is the second briefcase I've purchased from Custom Hide (the first was a 2-compartment organizer in black). As is the case with the first, the workmanship is extremely good. Though I just received it a week ago, and haven't used it very much, I can tell I'm going to love it as much as my earlier briefcase. I feel confident I'll continue being very happy with this.

Original Large Backpack (in Crazy Horse Leather)November 20, 2021
Reviewer: Sergio D'Agostino, Melbourne, Australia
Beautiful piece of American leather artisanry. How Custom Hide manage to finesse such sturdy, full-grain cow leather is something else. My only regret is the bag probably has more earth years left than I do.
Amazing!March 21, 2021
Reviewer: Bobby Jones Derry, NH
I have been using a briefcase for more than 30 years. Over that time I’ve had several different makes and none held up long term. Then I received the Advocate 3 Compartment. This will certainly be the last briefcase I ever buy! The workmanship is exceptional! The compliments I’ve received in the short time I’ve had it have been all positive. I am recommending Custom Hide to everyone I know!
Amazing productNovember 5, 2021
Reviewer: Jimmy Kodo, Pantin, Seine Saint Denis France

I recently (early October 2021) purchased the Advocate 3 brown bag from Customhide. I am so happy I did. A friend of mine asked me the address so he can order too. The bag is very well crafted and constructed and I wish I had know Custumhide years ago. Thank you again. I already decided to plan the purchase of the same fine, in Black.

Scholar 3 Compartment w/pockets March 29, 2021
Reviewer: John Long, O FALLON, IL United States
My daughter (who has demanding standards in craftsmanship and art) saw the Scholar Briefcase that you made for me, and immediately pronounced it "beautiful." I agree with my daughter's assessment.


About Us

As seen in Cigar & Spirits Magazine

For twenty years, Custom Hide has made quality, handcrafted bags at an amazing value. Their medium-sized Classic Briefcase is the perfect size for many. With easy access push-lock closures beneath the straps, sown leather edges, customizable options, and the beautiful leather itself, the attention to detail is stunning. This is the briefcase emoji in real life. And if you need more room, their Scholar is the perfect upgrade. All the standard features, but with two compartments and two front pockets. These bags aren't for the mountain man. They are for the professional who loves clean, classic impeccable lines. Pair one with your Jaguar and you are set

American Made Matters

We take pride in our work and relationship with our customers. Following unedited testimonials are typical of the high praise we receive for our products and services

Absolutely perfect!!!February 19, 2020
Reviewer: Kevin G. North Ridgeville, OH

Ordered this bag three weeks ago, and as promised, received it today. I can not begin to to say how impressed I am with the craftsmanship, the quality and overall attention to detail. The bag is even more beautiful in person. I highly recommend this company and will buy from again without question. Thank you Custom Hide.

Beautiful Briefcase! Awesome Company!September 28, 2019
Reviewer: Marilyn Lawson Glastonbury, CT

I shopped online at every place I could find for a new leather briefcase for my son. Google took me everywhere! I spent days reading specs and reviews. I finally settled on this Custom Hide Scholar 3 Compartment Briefcase with Pockets as being the best of the bunch - at any price. I ordered it in brown, with the optional monogram. Shipping was promised to be in 3 weeks. I could not be more pleased! Shipping was precisely as promised via 2 day priority mail with tracking - for free. The briefcase is absolutely beautiful, exactly as ordered. As others have said, it smells wonderful and the workmanship is impeccable. I am certain that my son will absolutely love it. If you are shopping for a briefcase, do yourself a favor - stop wasting your time shopping around and just put in your order on the Custom Hide website. There are many styles to choose from right here. Don’t bother looking anywhere else.

PerfectionApril 7, 2019
Reviewer: Ken Goss from Rolla, MO United States

The case I ordered was exactly as depicted, and I have no doubt that it will last. The quality exceeds expectations and is clearly the work of folks with keen attention to detail and care concerning their craft.

2 Custom Hide Dispatcher Duffel BagsMarch 13, 2019
Reviewer: John M. from Ridgewood, NJ United States
Received my second (custom size) Dispatcher duffel bag today. In all honesty, I can tell you I have never in my life stared at luggage - but I sat and admired the two duffel bags I received - they truly are works of art. Custom Hide's craft and attention to detail are obvious on first sight, and I have no doubt these leather bags will become family heirlooms. As I mentioned when I placed the order, I still have the Original Backpack I purchased from you about a decade ago and use it daily - it is still beautiful and in excellent condition. Right about now, I am your biggest fan. Thanks again for your fine work.

Quality workOctober 1, 2018
Reviewer: Christopher Osterman from Tucson, AZ United States
Very likely the best leather briefcase in the USA, and thus the world. A lost art that takes you back to when Americans made great things themselves.

I LOVE my 1945 US Army 2 Compartment BriefcaseJune 14, 2018
Reviewer: Jason Murray from Doha, Qatar
I intentionally held off 18 months to post a review. Here goes:

I am a former Seal. I know quality gear when I see it. My life depended on choosing quality gear.

So, what does this have to do with a briefcase? I researched LONG and HARD and while there are other very good makers, the reviews coupled with the A+ reputation (I know of no others who have this rating) led me to the style I chose. Upon arrival all I can say is...wow! This briefcase is unbelievable. Such a masterpiece. Classy yet refined. Nothing grandiose but built like a tank. I fit in when I walk into meetings with the CEO or with software developers. They all love it and say it suits my personality to a tee--professional yet unassuming. This bag alone has led to at least 10 other sales. It is envied even by my CEO (with a $6K briefcase).

The bag has held up beautifully and thru use, it slowly takes on subtle wrinkles (like us). I wouldn't trade this bag for any other. Period.

Black Bison RangerJune 10, 2018
Reviewer: Kevan Grae from United States
This briefcase may be the single best purchase in years. The quality and materials are unmatched, the price cannot be beat anywhere and the service and communication by Tony sets the standard for any business. Having sourced from Custom Hide's "competitors" in the past, there is no other company that I would recommend for custom leather. Thank you Tony for your exquisite products.
Great Customer Service and Amazing QualityJune 4, 2018
Reviewer: Angel Shea from Panama City, FL United States
Thank you so much (literally) for delivering on your promise. I received my son's briefcase on Wednesday as stated. Keep in mind the Monday prior was a holiday with no mail. You were gracious enough to ship priority overnight express from AZ to FL. I was able to take it with me and give it to him on his graduation on Friday in NY.
Beautiful and heavy-duty!October 9, 2017
Reviewer: Devin M. from Virginia, United States
This is a beautiful briefcase, elegantly designed and extremely professional in appearance. Despite its sleek looks, however, the high-quality leather is extremely tough. I've worried about tearing and rips with some other leather goods, but not this briefcase -it's as tough and durable as a saddle. I don't anticipate having to buy another briefcase for a long, long time - but if I do, or if I buy one as a gift for someone, I will absolutely come to Custom Hide before looking anywhere else. Wonderful customer service, too!
Organizer BriefcaseJune 22, 2017
Reviewer: David Arcuri from Centralia, WA United States
This Custom Hide Briefcase is by far, the most durable, useful briefcase I have ever owned. I have had mine for 15 years and just bought this one for my son. He loves it. Stylish, rugged, practical. PERFECT. Every lawyer should have one, in my small community of 55 lawyers, I know of 5 who do, and we all love them.

1945 US Army four compartmentFebruary 25, 2017
Reviewer: Marcelo Guarnieri from Rancate, Ticino Switzerland
Hello to everybody who will read this message . Throughout the years , I purchased and used many different bags , heavenly used in and out of the cockpits of different airplanes , most of them didn't last to long , but most of All ,I wasn't completely satisfied because either quality and space was missing , until I found after a long research through Internet , this company , and surprise me the high quality leather , the space and the format and the extra choices I could add to my bag ,. ... So if somebody is looking for something durable , made in high quality leather ... Go for it
My special thanks also to Custom Hide for sending it , in the prescribed date of my arrival in New York.
Capt. Marcelo Guarnieri
Cargolux Airline

Absolutely outstanding briefcase! ORGANIZER- September 5, 2016
Reviewer: Brent Cotton from Woodbridge, VA United States
I wanted to provide a brief note by way of thanks for the very fast production and delivery - made it just in time for me to leave on a lengthy "sabbatical" in warmer climes. The craftsmanship is second to none and I am very pleased with the custom touches that you added to my briefcase to make it my own; I know there is not another one in the world like it! While I have not yet been able to put it through its paces, the leather and stitching is of outstanding quality and the nice touches such as the rivets on the stress points will ensure that it will stand up to a lifetime of use. I know that my kids (and grandkids!) will be enjoying this bag. Thanks again - it is great to see such craftsmanship alive and well in the USA.

I will be recommending your company to any acquaintance that is in the market for quality leather products.

Best regards,
Brent Cotton
Customer service as good as the product SCHOLAR THREE COMPARTMENT W/POCKETS - August 9, 2016
Reviewer: Dylan Oehler-Stricklin from Davis, CA United States

I contacted Custom Hide immediately after I discovered their website. I had been searching for the perfect scholar type briefcase to give my son as an off to college gift, and I knew I'd found it as soon as I saw the site and read the reviews. The problem was that I had less than two weeks before his departure. Upon Custom Hide's assurance that they could deliver it rush, I ordered the scholar three compartment with pockets briefcase. They came through. No hitches, no confusion, just total, simple competence. The briefcase arrived on time, and it is a work of art. I've never spent anything like this kind of money on a briefcase or bag, but I have not had a second of buyer's remorse. The quality of the materials and workmanship is clear before you pick the thing up; my son said he didn't want his initials on it because he's already planning to pass it on to his grandchildren. When he does, I'm sure it will look even better than it does now.

Better than expected 1945 US ARMY TWO COMPARTMENT - August 27, 2016
Reviewer: From Connecticut

I received my briefcase yesterday and was struck by how well made it is, not overbuilt like some with clasps you'd use to tow a truck. This bag exudes a masculine elegance which makes it very versatile, you could carry it into virtually any scenario and be right at home. I'm in awe, and glad I chose this briefcase over the others I had on my list.


Reviewer: Benjamin from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

My lightly customized Scholar three compartment with pockets arrived today and I am thrilled with how it turned out. The leather is strong yet supple, and is perfectly stitched. The color is rich and even; this is a beautiful briefcase that is clearly the result of careful attention to detail from an expert craftsman. I will carry this with pride for years to come -- thank you!
Benjamin D. Albers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and
Chairman, Faculty Executive Committee
Bridgewater College

I just wanted to take a few moments to let you know how well your product is holding up. It appears that most of the testimonials you get are from people who have just received their brand new bag and are, like I was, instantly smitten. This testimonial is different. I have had my three-compartment Scholar bag for approximately ten years now. It has traveled with me as carry-on luggage, literally all over the world and has been subjected to abusive field conditions that even a ballistic nylon bag would shrink from. It is still in as fine a shape as the day I received it, and if anything, is even more beautiful. The leather finish has taken on the burnished patina that only long use can provide. (I frequently get stopped in airports and asked where I got the “beautiful antique” bag.) The seams are as tight as the day they were stitched, the handle and straps, (which have borne far more weight than they were probably designed for), are still as sturdy as ever and show no signs of needing to use the lifetime warranty. You all should take extreme pride in the quality of your craftsmanship, a rare commodity in today’s world of cheaply made, throwaway products. I truly believe that this bag is an heirloom that I will pass on to one of my sons....but hopefully not for a long time. So, if any prospective customers that are reading this and are hesitating about ordering because they think that the beauty of these bags is only skin deep, rest assured. You will not regret your purchase.

Paul Steensland, President
Paul Steensland & Associates, LLC
International Wildfire Investigation, Training and Forensic Consultants

Just checking in—a couple weeks ago I received the briefcase via UPS, and it is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for your outstanding craftsmanship (you may quote me if you like). The delays were entirely worth it—and I am especially grateful for the chance to add the luggage strap to the order at the last minute.

Rev. Forrest Claassen, Stated Clerk
Los Ranchos Presbytery
PO Box 910
Anaheim, CA 92815
(714) 956-3691 (w)
(208) 816-1380 (c)My Scholar briefcase with custom 1945-style handle arrived today. It is beautiful. It is perfect. It is amazing. Thank you for providing a level of honest service and hand craftsmanship that seems to have all but vanished in today's disposable world. The price truly seems unbelievably low considering what you have created. I am and will continue to be a vocal fan of Custom Hide.

Michael Dukes
Dear Sirs
This to let you know that my order 8315 of a US army style brief case arrived safely at last this morning.
It was well worth the wait and I would recommend this product highly to anyone needing or wanting a case with this specification.
It seems a beautiful product, equally smart and very functional for my needs.
Thank you for putting up with my correspondence over the last few weeks.

Best regards
Dr Philip Marriott
Crowborough, England.

I received the Barrister Laptop briefcase today.
It is truly a fine piece of craftsmanship and I am most proud of it having received a very nice compliment on it within one hour of having it. Also, I am very impressed with the quality of the work of the interior. It is certainly much more than I expected and am most pleased with the product. Thank you all again for your attention to the detail and overall professionalism in your product. I do think your products represent the best of what American craftsmanship has to offer.
Best regards,

Ronnie Lynn Holley,
U.S. Department of Defense.

I purchased my 1945 US Army briefcase 2 years ago in preparation for my promotion to a new (for me) position in national security. I received a lot a compliments from colleagues on the aesthetics of the briefcase. But, when I told them it was a reproduction of the classified courier bags soldiers used in the '40s I got a lot of rolling of the eyes. That was the case until our team had occasion to visit NSA HQ at Ft. Meade recently where a photo (circa 1943) was displayed that prominently featured an Army officer carrying my briefcase. Thanks for that.

John Bucholtz
Washington DC

I received my briefcase on May 15th. It was packaged securely and well.
The briefcases construction has easily exceeded my expectations. It is well stitched, sturdily built, has a nice supple feel, and is simply beautiful!
I will be proud to carry this briefcase around and show it to my friends. Yes, the wait was long, but with the briefcase in my hand - it was well worth it!
I'll be ordering a backpack later this year. Keep up the good work, and thanks for making these good things in America!

James Manou, Crevex Co.

My son was just commissioned as a officer in the U S ARMY and graduated from Western University, Illinois. I got him the replica of the 1945 US Army briefcase, and a U S flag that had been flown from the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Both will serve him well until he retires.
Mike ward
Mt. Morris, IL

I have to say that I am SO PLEASED with my purchase from Custom Hide. Your product is truly a masterpiece of skillful precision and quality. I would never really consider myself one to submit something like this, but I have to tell you that the absolute beauty of my Scholar Laptop bag must be praised. Thank you so much for the unique attention to detail and for your skillful craftsmanship. The bag is incredibly sturdy and tough, but it also has a sophistication and beauty about it that can only be found in American craftsmanship. I love my briefcase so much that, in fact, I ordered a backpack last week and can't wait to receive it for graduate school. Keep up the good work. I will certainly recommend you to others, and I look forward to doing business with your company for years to come.

Sincerely, Brent L.

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