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Our Favorite Work Bags

by Erin Klabunde March 18, 2019
ReadOur Favorite Work Bags Image courtesy of Orox Leather Co.

Selecting a work bag can feel like the weightiest of decisions, on par with buying a house. That may sound like hyperbole, but, believe me, it’s not. Ideally, this is the bag you’re going to carry every weekday—the one that effortlessly marries size (generous), comfort (it’s all about the straps), and style (I probably don’t need to explain this one). You want it to look professional but subtly express your personality. And, it should last forever.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on one carryall. But don’t worry—these five bags are up to the task.


Orox Leather Co.’s Tochigi Full Leather Backpack

We’ve got to hand it to Orox Leather Co., the basic backpack has never looked so good. Buy it for the rich, full-grain leather construction and minimalist structure. Love it for thoughtful details, like grab-and-go handles, a water bottle pouch, and a breathable back panel. Wherever you go, you’ll rake in compliments.




VANOOK’s Cotton Zip Backpack

Behold the minimalist’s daily carry hero: a sturdy cotton canvas backpack with a clean design that belies a rigorously organized interior. A built-in laptop compartment, zippered pocket, and key chain keep everything separated and easy to access. The full-grain leather straps impart visual appeal and rugged durability.




Moore & Giles’ Slim Leather Briefcase

This handsome carryall takes the best details from your grandfather’s briefcase and packs them into a space-saving, streamlined silhouette. Drop your phone and keys into one of the external compartments for easy reach. The interior features plenty of smaller pockets for organizing your glasses, charging cords, and more.




Orox Leather Co.’s Merces Leather Tote Bag

There’s a lot of talk of “day to night” bags. Well, this is one that really delivers. The sleek, classic design transitions seamlessly from the office to a night out. The roomy interior fits everything: Slip your laptop inside during the week; on the weekends, it’ll fit a bottle of wine to carry to a party. It’s impeccably constructed of scratch-proof, oil-tanned leather and finished with English bridle leather straps.


Looking for the one bag to hold it all? Browse our selection of satchels, totes, backpacks, and more.

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