Zip Laptop Brief
On-the-go minimalist bag
Zip Brief holds just the key tech essentials
Front pocket carries small gadgets without bulging
Charge the laptop while in its case
Zip Laptop Brief
Three different sizes
Stays compact and slim profile even when fully loaded
Includes comfortable, removable straps
Zip through the airport
Also available in durable ballistic nylon
Small fits 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and iPad Pro 11"
Medium fits 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar and 12.9" iPad Pro
Large fits 15" Mac Book Pro Touch Bar and iPad Pro 12.9"
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Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Black Ballistic with Black Leather
Black Ballistic with Chocolate Leather

Zip Laptop Brief

Fits the NEW 16-inch MacBook Pro

The minimalist Zip Laptop Brief protects your laptop, tablet, and accessories without bulk. A bright interior helps you spot items quickly. Fully unzip the bag and lay it flat for efficient TSA airport screening. 

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All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


  • 1050 Denier ballistic nylon or waxed canvas
  • Naturally-tanned, full-grain leather accents
  • Splash-proof zippers

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small:
  • 13.75” (l) x 2” (w) x 9.5” (h); 1.45 lbs.
    34.92 (l) x 5.08 (w) x 24.13 (h) cm; 0.65 kg
    Volume: 4.25 Liters
  • Medium:
  • 15.25” (l) x 2.5” (w) x 11” (h); 1.65 lbs.
    38.73 (l) x 6.35 (w) x 27.94 (h) cm; 0.75 kg
    Volume: 6.75 Liters
  • Large:
  • 16.75” (l) x 2.5” (w) x 12” (h); 1.85 lbs.
    42.54 (l) x 6.35 (w) x 30.48 (h) cm; 0.84 kg
    Volume: 8.25 Liters


  • Two carrying options: Top leather grab handle or removable shoulder strap.
  • Splash-proof double zipper that quickly opens the Zip flat.
  • Discreet front pocket with a hidden self-locking zipper for stowing quick-access items.
  • Specifically-placed Ultrasuede® pocket for holding phones.
  • Gold-lined interior reinforced with foam and soft material.
  • Dedicated padded laptop compartment for cradling your MacBook Pro, Surface, or similarly-sized devices.
  • Mesh pockets for small accessories like a SuperDrive or charger.
  • Dedicated slot for Apple Pencil or Surface Pen.
  • Removable shoulder strap with metal D-rings that recede when not in use.
  • Back slot for slipping onto a carry-on handle.
  • Waterproof-zippered pockets.
  • TSA-Friendly: unzip the bag flat for faster screening.

  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2541 reviews
Perfect for my MacBook Pro 16” and GREAT customer service!

I purchased this for my new MacBook Pro 16 and it’s a perfect fit without it being too tight. Just enough extra inside pockets to carry my charger, an external hard drive and my iPad Pro. Plus, I Like that I can charge the laptop while it’s in the case too. External zippered pocket is great to hold my passport, and put my things in as I go through the TSA check.

The bag is top quality as all WF bags are and I know it will last for years to come. The reason why I always buy from WF! Customer service is fantastic. I emailed to see if I could receive this in time for a trip and they had it shipped out to me the same day.

Unmatched Style & Qualtiy

I've never come across bags and travel products with such quality. Too boot, the robust build doesn't compromise style and class. Clearly some of the best products money can buy.

Excellent bag - great service WW shipping

Quality, service, speed, personalized messaging - what more to ask ?

Love this bag!

I have owned Waterfield bags in the past and they have been wonderful. This one is somehow even better - leaner, better designed and even tougher than prior versions. Highly recommend for someone who has to carry a laptop and a few other small things (a couple magazines worth of paper) and other small electronics to make travel easier.

Great Bag!!! love the design

Perfect laptop backpack

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Waterfield ZIP Laptop Briefcase Review — $219

Best Leather - March 17, 2019

“I’ve gone through several laptop bags, always looking for the optimal solution. The Waterfield ZIP Laptop Brief has been my favorite of the lot, and I’m grateful to have found it.”

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WaterField Designs MacBook Bag Review

MacHow2 - January 11, 2018

“If you're looking for something high quality, protective, durable but stylish to carry your MacBook in, the WaterField Designs Zip Laptop Brief fits the Apple aesthetic perfectly.”

Overall Score:

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Waterfield Zip Briefcase for 12″ MacBook Is Small, Light and Easy to Carry

Gear Diary - June 16, 2015

“I like the Waterfield Zip Briefcase. I like the small size. I like the good protection it offers. I like the fact that it holds enough without holding too much.”


The Zip Brief comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit into this padded compartment:

Small Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.5"
  • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Air Retina
  • 12.9” iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio
Small Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 10” x 7.5”
  • 11" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • reMarkable (paper tablet)
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
Medium Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14" x 9.75"
  • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Air Retina
  • Surface Book 2 (13.5")
  • Surface Laptop 3 (13.5")
Medium Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12” x 8.75”
  • iPad Pro (11” & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
  • Pixel Slate
  • reMarkable (paper tablet)
Large Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 15.1" x 10.2"
  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • Dell XPS 15 (2017)
  • Surface Book 2 (15")
  • Surface Laptop 3 (15")
Large Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12” x 8.75”
  • iPad Pro (11” & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

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