What elements do you consider when looking for a briefcase under 1000$?

caveat: I don’t live in the US so some of your recommendations might not be easily accessible but can be managed.

What things do you look at when buying a briefcase under 1000$? I don’t have much experience in buying expensive bags so I would very much appreciate tips or recommendations from more experienced members. I was looking at a Coach brown leather briefcase which looks nice and subtle. I was also considering a porter yoshida briefcase but I’m not feeling the material. I would prefer that this be something that would last me 10+ years. Would appreciate personal experiences more than word of mouth recommendations. Thank you very much!

What elements do you consider when looking for a briefcase under 1000$?