In the lead up to Christmas we can expect to be exiting our front doors a little more often too. Whether that’s heading out to the office, meeting people in person or (whisper it) leaving the city behind for a day or three, there’s the small matter of finding the right men’s bag for your belongings.
Which is why we’ve made this definitive list of the most stylish options out there. These man bags come in all shapes and sizes, and are made with such exquisite precision they’ll have you turning heads wherever you go.
For gadgets on the go
Aspinal of London - Small Mount Street Laptop Bag
Proof that the days of compromising on practicality over style are long gone, this perfectly sized men’s laptop bag with optional shoulder strap, safely carries all your tech when you’re on the move. Hand-crafted from the finest Saffiano textured Italian calf leather, it’s made by the quintessential purveyors of leather and luxury, Aspinal of London. We’ve picked out this navy option for a slightly less formal look, but there’s a black leather version if you need to go super sleek.
Small Mount Street Laptop Bag – Navy Saffiano
For the modern office
Bennett Winch - The Brief
Bennett Winch, the British accessories and luggage aficionados, have forced us to reconsider the definition of a briefcase with this, frankly, beautiful creation. Gone are the boxy edges that your granddad put up with, they have been modernised into this slimline waterproof cotton canvas silhouette with leather hood and trim. It’s a proper man bag that can be carried on the shoulder or by hand and has an internal padded sleeve for your laptop as well as internal pockets for everything else. Available in chocolate or black.
The Brief – Black
For keeping your hands free
Charles Laurie London - The Backpack
If you prefer wearing your bag on the shoulders, then this Charles Laurie London Backpack is the men’s option for you. Made with the commute in mind, it’s an amazingly compact carrier with a retractable handle and soft suede lining. Luxury leather that’s cut and stitched to this level of detail simply never goes out of fashion, and the fact that each one is made to order at their South East London studio only confirms what a one-off this truly is.
For your important papers
Charles Laurie London - The envelope
Whether you bundle yours up to sift through later, or carefully alphabetise every sheet in a manila folder, your documents deserve to travel in secure and stylish luxury. Which is exactly what The Envelope from Charles Laurie London provides, as well as a laptop-sized internal pocket too. Clean lines and flawless leather create a sophisticated look as you travel between meetings. We’re particularly fond of this olive green, but have a soft spot for the black and brown leather options too.
The Envelope – Green
For the weekend
Bennett Winch - Brown Full Leather Weekender
Admit it, you’ve seen the photo and you're a little in love aren’t you? Because we certainly are. This is the sort of man bag that makes us want to spontaneously book anything, anywhere, just so we can spend time packing. The Weekender is one of Bennett Winch’s signature bags and it shows in the sheer quality of the finish. The full-grain vegetable-tanned leather has been personally selected before being hand-crafted in their studio in England. Even better, you know leather of this quality will age beautifully too.
Brown Full Leather Weekender
For carry-on comfort
Charles Laurie London - The Handle Folio
Previously, choosing a men’s bag for a business trip abroad meant sacrificing style for the sake of practicality. Thanks to The Handle Folio from Charles Laurie London, those days are now over. Lightweight and slimline, it has internal pockets for your laptop and documents, as well as hidden foam padding for extra security. And the large bridle leather strap on the back makes it easy to slip over the handles of your trolley case. Expect envious glances from the rest of the business lounge.
The Handle Folio
For your toiletries
Aspinal of London - Men’s Leather Washbag
Often overlooked, there’s every chance your washbag is due a luxury upgrade. Aspinal of London’s hand-crafted version is made from luxurious Italian calf leather in their classic black Saffiano finish. With an easy-clean silk lining and thick leather hand strap for practical comfort, you can also personalise it with up to four initials for that extra-personalised flourish. Your toothbrush won’t ever want to leave.
Mens Leather Washbag – Black Saffiano
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