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Whether you need the right bag for packing all the essentials for a summer road trip or a carry-on sized weekender that maneuvers easily through an airport, a sturdy duffel never goes out of style. Buying genuine leather with a non-synthetic liner ensure materials breathe easily and last for years; a well-made leather bag only gets better with age and proper care.
“I’m pretty impressed with the heaviness/gauge of the leather, too. It’s pretty supple as is, and will no doubt get softer as time allows. The stitching is superb, and the brass fittings/rivets, zippers are all professionally placed and affixed. I don’t know who wouldn’t be completely satisfied with this bag. ”
Komal’s handmade leather bags have a cult following of rave reviewers like this, and it’s easy to see why. They make leather bags in every style at an affordable price point. As with all artisan products, each bag will vary slightly from the next, making your bag truly unique to you. Invest in a good quality leather conditioner and your bag will be an instant family heirloom that outlasts any department store luggage by years.
- Large external pockets, great for shoes
- Removable shoulder strap
- Front pocket is convenient for travel documents
Thoughtful touches make this a stylish travel must-have, as this carry-on sized weekender clearly sits a step above the competition. With nine brass feet (nearly double most other bags) and a padded laptop pocket, it’s obvious longevity is the purpose behind this stylish bag’s extra considerations. With full grain leather construction, durable hardware, and an array of color options, it’s a personal style statement that will go the distance with any traveler.
- Assortment of pockets
- Matching leather luggage tag
- 10 Year warranty
Available in 20 or 23″ length, this weekender bag by Polare is made of full-grain leather and is durable and thick. At six pounds, empty, it’s maybe not the best choice for anyone with a long walking commute or a short frame, but it’s stylish and sturdy. Polare also make a stylish shaving kit that is absolutely gorgeous.
- Medium or Large size available
- Plush leather construction
- Heavy duty hardware
At 30″ long, this is one of the largest duffels on this list. Perfect for team coaches who have to haul a lot of gear, or for those who like to carry all their travel necessities in a single bag. When fully loaded, it may be an awkward carry for anyone on the petite side. To avoid drastic weight shifts, use your favorite set of packing cubes. If it will be accompanying you on any outdoor adventures; or just braving a run through the rain from airport to taxi, consider a quality waterproofer. As with all Komal products, reviewers love the quality construction and obvious care that goes in to making every bag.
“The craftwork is of high quality and looks great, it’s when you look close at the details that you see the charming hand-touch.”
- Genuine Leather
- Large main compartment
- Too large to carry-on
Best for Tech Professionals
Professional looking enough to use as a every day commute bag, but sturdy enough to haul gym equipment, this durable 21″ weekender is a strong contender for best all around. With padded corners and a dedicated laptop sleeve with accompanying cord containing pockets, Bucksaw Leather leans in fully to their commitment for a modern reinterpretation of classic leather duffels.
- Premium hardware
- 10 Year warranty
- Cow Leather
Constructed out of full grain Italian Leather, Polare’s 23″ weekender leads the pack in soft, stylish, and stunning construction. Reviewers adore the value this bag provides, with one commenting; “I really didn’t expect to find a practical bag at this price point to be so stylish. The bag was even better in person than in the online photos. The leather is soft and the inside is fully lined.”
- 8 brass feet protect the bottom of the bag
- Comfortable carrying handles
- Detachable shoulder strap
Best for Women
Handmade in Italy, Cenzo’s stylish 21″ leather duffel is ideal as a carry-on bag. Redesigned and improved with brass zippers, their classic full grain calfskin bag is better than ever. Cenzo also make a smart looking classic doctor’s bag which makes a perfect graduation gift.
- Unisex sizing, comfortable for shorter wearers
- Stylishly redesigned
- Floor-to-floor zippers
Toronto based Merkit are committed to making quality, long lasting bags that are all-purpose and well constructed. Easy to wipe clean and with all the breathability of natural materials, leather bags make great choices for gym bags; they’ll breathe out those dirt and sweat smells much faster than any synthetic bag could. “This bag is very sturdy and has good quality zippers. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of this bag… It could easily carry a weeks worth of clothing! I LOVE all the interior pockets for keeping things organized. The bag also comes with a comfortable (detachable) shoulder strap.”
- Durable metal zippers
- 100% cowhide leather
- Brass feet keep the bag dry and un-scuffed
Hand crafted and beautifully stained, each of these bags is an original. Made of calfskin leather with a vegetable tanner, it has a lovely glossy finish. An extra long zipper makes packing easy; you’ll fill every corner of this 21″ bag with no fuss. Floto offer a lifetime warranty on their bags, so you can shop with confidence.
- Hand stained- one of a kind
- 8 Oz Duck Canvas lining
- Weighs 4.5lbs when empty
Best for Students
With enough style to garner a seat at the high rollers table, this 24″ duffel is affordable enough to actually leave behind some money for the trip itself. A classic design that’s perfect for spring break, summer road trips, or holidays at home, there’s room for all the essentials in this chic leather duffel.
- Very affordable
- Stylish no-zip external pockets
- YKK branded zippers