The new year means many things: a fresh start, sometimes a whole new you, but one thing for certain – back to work. It’s never a smooth transition, one day you’re waking up naturally as daylight filters through your curtains, and the next day your slumber is rudely interrupted by an alarm before the sun has even risen. It takes a little while to get back into the swing of things, but there are ways to make the transition easier. Our favourite method is to incentivise your return to work and the best way that we’ve found to do this is by upgrading your work paraphernalia, from stationery supplies to minimal briefcases. We’ve rounded up the best back-to-work gear from Property Of…, Mismo, Mishmash and Carl Friedrik that’s easing us back into the working world.

Property Of…

Having noticed that the world of leather briefcases needed a revamp, designers Peter Teo and Richard Chamberlain founded Property Of…. Since 2006, the label has produced a collection of lightweight travel bags, high-quality tote bags and small leather goods that aim to streamline your daily journey.

Property Of… Alex 24h Backpack 

The Property Of… Alex 24h Backpack is a completely versatile alternative to a leather briefcase. It features a range of small and large pockets, including a 15” laptop compartment. Our favourite feature of this travel backpack is the fact that it can be packed like a cabin suitcase. Unzip the bag from the back to make the most of the space. Not only is the Alex 24h Backpack highly functional, its water repellent polyester construction is crafted from 35 recycled plastic bottles. 

  1. Camel Bradley California White Milled Sneakers
  2. CQP
    Dark Beige Otium Sneakers
  3. Silver Avani Candle Holder
  4. Contraste Print by Anna Johansson
  5. Black Low Plain Court Sneakers
  6. Black / Multi Track Line Quarter-Zip Pullover
  7. Medium White Nose Vase
  8. Black IC Ceiling / Wall Light


If you were to guess where Mismo is based, we reckon that you’d probably say Copenhagen and you’d be completely correct. Mismo’s laid-back approach to designer luggage embodies the subtle sophistication that characterises the Danish capital. The label creates men's weekend bags, minimal backpacks, luxury briefcases and more that blend a meticulous eye for detail with tough, premium materials.

Mismo M/S Utility 

We’ve often been told to settle for a bag that does most of the things that we want it to do. We will settle no more. Instead, we’ll reach for our Mismo M/S Utility Bag in the knowledge that it ticks every single box. This Scandinavian-style bag is made from water-repellent cotton & nylon canvas to protect your goods when you’re out and about and, once you’ve packed everything in, you can adjust the size of the bag using a sleek clip system. Mismo’s signature refined design combines with a focus on utility to make this bag the perfect work-ready accessory.

  1. Deep Blue / Black M/S Flair Tote Bag
  2. Black / Black M/S Adventurer Weekend Bag
  3. Black / Black Large Leather Pouch
  4. Moonlight Blue / Black Cotton Helmet Bag
    £403 £282
  5. Army / Dark Brown M/S Suitcase
  6. Navy / Dark Brown M/S Briefcase
  7. Coal / Black M/S Backpack
  8. Midnight Blue / Cuoio M/S Mega Tote Bag
  9. Midnight Blue / Cuoio M/S Express Backpack
  10. Navy / Dark Brown M/S Aviator Duffle Bag
    £471 £330
  11. Midnight Blue / Cuoio M/S Shopper Tote
  12. Army / Black M/S Backpack
  13. Black Morris Briefcase
  14. Beluga / Black M/S Passage Bag
  15. Khaki / Black M/S Avail Weekend Bag

Carl Friedrik

The world of leather goods, whether it’s a leather phone case or just a simple leather coin purse, has grown exponentially in recent years. Back in 2012, however, brothers Niklas and Mattis were shocked by the lack of high-quality leather items available so set about to change it. Carl Friedrik works with naturally tanned leathers and artisanal craftspeople to make a collection of premium leather bags, men's leather wallets and more.

Carl Friedrik Black / Orange Lining Palissy 25HR Briefcase

Traditional briefcases saw a fall from grace towards the end of the 20th century, transforming from high-quality leather cases to ugly, heavily padded cotton sacks. Luckily, it appears that labels like Carl Friedrik have brought back the beauty in briefcases. Take the Palissy 25HR Briefcase as an example. This stylish work bag blends traditional qualities with contemporary flair embodied by its statement orange lining. A large central compartment is accompanied by zip pockets and a padded laptop compartment to give you the options you need for modern working life.

  1. Chocolate / Orange Palissy Briefcase
  2. Black 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
  3. Navy / Grey Palissy Briefcase
  4. Cognac 15" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
  5. Cognac / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
  6. Black / Grey Palissy Briefcase
  7. Brass / Cognac Blade Belt
  8. Chocolate / Orange Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
  9. Chocolate 12" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
  10. Navy / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
  11. Chocolate 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
  12. Cognac 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
  13. Brass / Chocolate Blade Belt
  14. Cognac 12" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve


When it comes to stationery, there are so many options. That’s why it helps when a brand like Mishmash comes along with a clearly innovative mindset. Founded in Portugal, Mishmash has earned a reputation as a world-class, minimal stationery provider thanks to its willingness to see everyday objects from a refreshing new perspective. 

Mishmash The Monochrome Notebook

Getting into the habit of writing notes down on paper rather than digitally will revolutionise your working life. Being able to visualise projects is a luxury that few appreciate in the modern day, but with the help of Mishmash’s Monochrome Notebook, you can bring it back. Little details make this such a special planner, one of our favourites is the exposed spine stitching which allows you to lay the A5 notebook flat. It sounds simple, right? So why doesn’t every stationer do it? 

  1. Fish Serving Plate No.7
  2. Wood Base Knitting Lounge Chair
  3. White Chee Armchair
  4. Beige Chino Trousers
  5. Triple Navy Organic Socks
  6. Black Bezel D Series Watch
    From £595
  7. Toothbrush & Whitening Toothpaste
  8. White Portuguese Cotton Relaxed Farmer Shirt
  9. Black 1960 Dining Chair

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