This Belgian brand has been marketed since 1927, and is one of the great traditional leather briefcase and satchel makers.

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The very sturdy designs are constructed using only the best locally sourced hides, that must be 2.5 mm gauge or above. That’s really quite a thick stiff leather, but still supple enough to shape into the styles that have become the much loved favorites of generations of students and business users throughout Europe.

Top quality fittings and only the best thread are used, and this all contributes to make a range that is famous for it’s hard wearing and long lasting reputation.


Not surprisingly there’s a flourishing market in second hand Ruitertassen models. Just search the web and you’ll see lots on sale as “pre-loved”! And the company make and supply all the component shoulder straps, tabs, buckles and accessories should something finally wear out.

The collection has been built round a simple concept of one, two or three internal compartments, and one or two front pockets, in various sizes. Having made all the various sizes and combinations, this develops into a very wide range that includes satchels suitable for kindergarten right through to briefcases that can pack a PC, lever-arch file and a whole load more business cargo.

There’s also another set of styles that can be bought with back-pack straps as an additional option. These can be carried in hand, on the shoulder, or on the back. Now walking and cycling are often the preferred way to commute to work, this is a much valued feature.The recent fashion fad for leather satchels has been a considerable boost for Ruitertassen. Although the price bracket from £125 -£300 places them in the premium bracket, any buyer who wants a long term investment will appreciate this brand is the first choice.

Ruitertassen are now available through a number of better leathergoods retailers in the UK, or many styles are available for overnight delivery from The Leather Briefcase Company. The whole range can be viewed on and special orders can be requested and delivered, usually within a week.

Our selection can be seen on our website here.