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While personal taste may dictate the kind of bag you carry to work, a single common thread rings true: there has to be an enduring relationship forged between the bag and yourself. This can only be fulfilled if the bag is crafted with the finest materials, and by the best artisans. Ideally, the bag should not only suit your needs, but also complement your style. Some may prefer duffle and doctor bags, while others, a simple briefcase. And while the quest to find an it bag for work may seem daunting, we’ve taken a load off your shoulders, and shortlisted five work bags to keep an eye on.
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1. Pannelled Leather Duffle Bag
Price: £4,517.79 (S$9,569)
The Italian brand has come a long way since its founding in 1945. Apart from conceptualising a menswear runway show, it also became the first Italian tailoring house to break into the North American market. The Panelled Leather Duffle Bag in calf leather features two key fobs, a luggage tag, gold hardware and metal feet. The interior, lined with canvas, comes with internal zips and pouch pockets, allowing you to store passports, travel and work documents, as well as essentials for work trips over a weekend. The bag comes with a detachable strap.
2. Crocodile Messenger Bag
Price: upon request
By Santiago Gonzales
There’s no doubt that an eye for design runs in the veins of the Gonzales family. Having watched his mother, Nancy Gonzales, design iconic bags, Santiago took a leaf out of her book and set out to create his own line of crocodile-leather bags for men. The result: classic collections that are identifiable almost immediately. The Crocodile Messenger Bag, made with Colombian crocodile. The flap-top bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, an ID holder, and silvertone hardware.
3. Triennale Briefcase
Marco Franchini, Valextra’s CEO, once said that once shoppers fall in love with Valextra, it’ll be “for a lifetime". This certainly holds true for the Fall/Winter 2015 Collection that features many timeless classics with a modern twist. The Triennale Briefcase stands out for those with a penchant for keeping things in order. Unlike a typical briefcase with one compartment, this one features two, with one being slightly larger than the first, providing form that follows its function. The bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap, for those who prefer a hands-free option.
4. Duke Tan Large Zip Tote
With 122 years under its belt, Dunhill is one of the longest reigning British-based men’s brands. Yet, little know about the creator’s beginnings as a motor accessories provider and all that’s left for memory is the brand’s slogan, “everything but the motor". The discerning however, would find that each piece from the brand hints of the motoring industry. The Duke Tan Large Zip Tote is made in chrome-tanned calf leather with a soft silver and grey-blue hardware. It features a zip closure, detachable buckled strap, and a padlock. On the inside sits a zipped hanging pocket.
5. Troubadour Fabric + Leather Weekender
Price: £595 (S$1,280)
Having only been founded in 2011, Troubadour quite easily is the youngest brand on the list. The brand was born out of a need when two ex-financiers simply could not find the perfect bag for themselves. Today, Troubadour produces some of the most coveted bags for men. One of the pieces in the brand’s first Fabric + Leather collection is the signature weekender. And while it may not look like your typical workbag, this carrier is aptly named for its spacious interior stores everything from computers (there’s a padded slot for a 15-inch laptop) to clothes – providing a seamless transition from meetings to a weekend getaway.