Though poorly art directed in the photo above this bag by Denham would be a great looking general purpose alternative to the business brief. Inspired by a ‘Maisons bag’, the Tool bag features a metal clamshell enclosure and a beautiful leather and canvas construction. Without a shoulder strap it might seem impractical but you aren’t going to be loading this bag with a ton of gear.
I’ve never considered denim blue for use in anything other than jeans but I do appreciate this smart looking casual duffle from Sperry. Just don’t ask me to wear white pants to match. Not much in the way of features to mention other than a nice zipper pull, soft fabric and the ability to machine wash. It looks fine now but after a couple washings it’s going to look much better. At $29 it’s a steal.
Sperry Top-Sider Duffle Bag
From the knock-off shops downtown, where Manhattan Portage copies can be had for less than $15, to online shops selling the more upscale pretentious Mandarina Duck types, I have been spending more time looking at travel bags. I appreciate but have been ignoring the high end fashion brands as this for my own use and not for research only. I need to replace my own gear as I travel this summer.
Though the thin handles and shoulder strap (which seems more of an afterthought) may cause some problems I like the casual look of the Tommy Trip. This weekender features leather on those thin killer straps, a waxed cotton outer, nylon twill lining, internal pockets and large pockets on both sides of its’ exterior.
This bag from Diesel reminds me of one of my favorites, the classic army duffle. Mine was large, ugly and almost indestructible. This more modest in size and far more attractive. But both are versatile, the mark of any good bag, and perfect for people like me who want to throw clothes in a bag for a last minute get away. The Diesel Upright Soft Leather Duffle Bag is made from leather, has red contrast stitching on the bottom and two straps to allow you carry the load evenly on both shoulders.
“Channel your inner Indiana Jones” on your next trek to the transit lounge with the Indiana Leather Adventure Duffle. Made from 100% handcrafted Scottish leather, this handsome duffle features a hard-case, enclosed bottom section for shoes, a classic zippered top open-up duffel area, and plenty of internal pockets. Great style that gets better with time.
Indiana Leather Adventure Duffle. Via Uncrate.
The Berlin Weekend Bag by Knomo London is a large, lightweight duffle bag made from a water resistant coated canvas and full hide leather trim. It features 2 external waterproof zippered pockets for your travel documents and other on-the-go essentials, a lockable zipper closure, soft fabric lining and a waterproof shoe pocket at the bottom. A stylish bag for your travels. Knomo have some beautiful iPhone pouches as well.
Knomo Berlin Weekend Bag
Made from re-purposed WWII back packs with Mule Belt as shoulder strap, Temple’s design of their Weekend Duffle is a wonderful expression of craftsmanship and history. Replete with natural canvas lining and appropriate leather ID badge, these would be fantastic for the rigors of any weekend getaway. Unfortunately these are for inspiration only as the limited batch has been sold. Keep an eye out for something similar from Temple as these look fantastic.
Temple Weekend Duffle Bag
Charcoal-coloured, small leather zippered duffle bag with two short carrying handles and an attached slim shoulder strap. This piece features signature exposed stitching and heavy-duty metal hardware with a linen lining.
I have mixed feelings about the sloppiness of this bag. Perhaps it would look better with more stuff inside.
Boris Bidjan Saberi Leather Duffle Bag
One of my favorite bag forms and materials by BLK Pine Workshop. Great zippers. This Boston bag is crafted in the USA with authentic American fabrics. Well done if not entirely distinctive.
1989 is now a classic period for bags? JanSport’s 1989 Bike Swinger is a small duffle that attaches to the front of your bike and easily comes off for carrying. I like the styling and the antiqued zipper overkill. Nice looking throwback logo for those that would care or notice.
Available only at Urban Outfitters only it seems.
This bag from Mulholland takes its inspiration from classic tradesmen’s bags and as such has the fortitude to withstand all kinds of abuse. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to use it only on your next “safari to Botswana”, as this bag will look good for years no matter where you take it or for what occasion. The Safari Bag is made of waxed canvas, leather strapping, nylon lining, and has more than enough room for a weekends worth of gear. The top of the bag opens wide, and stays open, to display all the contents, useful for security at the airport. Lastly it has an interior and exterior pocket and a strap.
The Waxed Canvas Safari Bag is available at J.L. Powell. Thanks Michael.
The Bowery duffel has the look and materials of the type of bags that I appreciate. The bag is made with rugged waxed cotton canvas, leather trim and brass hardware, all of which should look better with age. The bag is given a bit of a head start by distressing the materials to give it that ‘had-it-forever feel’, the results are attractive, but if one had the patience, a look which is always best when acquired over a long period of time. With more than enough room for the necessities this is a great bag for a quick weekend getaway.
Bowery duffel weekender
This classic duffle from Surface To Air is something to treasure for years. Made with soft Calf leather the Usine duffel bag holds all you need for a short stay in your city of choice. Replete with double zippers and small pocket on the inside for your iPhone or other special gadgets.
Great attention to detail in the Be-Bang Weekend Bag by Diesel. Made with high quality nylon and Italian leather, the Be-Bang features thick leather handles, plenty of pockets to keep you organized, and an attractive interior lining. This upscale bag is finished with snap buttons and heavy zipper closures. I like the contrast between the pattern set in nylon and the rugged leather finish.