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A Leather Duffel Is Secretly the Best Bag for Every Day

They don't come cheap, but these high-quality bags can hold everything you need on a given day—and last for a lifetime.

Stylish guys know they don’t have to carry a briefcase and a gym bag to work every day. Instead they opt for beautiful yet durable bags that can carry all their wares but still look appropriate for the office. Enter the leather day bag. Smaller than a weekender but larger than a briefcase, they’re ideal for carrying everything you need—work papers, lunch, and gym gear—without the need for extra luggage. (If you'd like a more casual, slightly smaller version of these, check out our roundup of carry cases.)

These bags are smaller than a weekend duffel, and easy to carry around. Here, a tennis player holds the Lotuff Small Leather Duffle.

These bags are smaller than a weekend duffel, and easy to carry around. Here, a tennis player holds the Lotuff Small Leather Duffle.

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A beautiful bag will last you a lifetime, so invest in one crafted from well-treated, durable leather. Don’t worry about getting it dirty or wet—finer bags will stand up to your daily commute and age wonderfully as you carry them. Look also for sturdy hardware and durable construction that include handles that will withstand heavy use and pockets that make sense.  Traditional colors such as black and brown are the most versatile, but more sartorial shades such as navy or oxblood and such luxury materials as ostrich and alligator offer eye-catching sophistication. You'll always get comments on a unique bag.

Here are seven that can keep up with busiest schedules and are guaranteed to last you through retirement.

 

Troubadour Day Bag

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Constructed from fine Italian leather, this bag has rolled leather handles that are comfortable enough to hold all day (and last for years), plus its hand-polished zippers will never snag. The lifetime guarantee means you shouldn’t be afraid to put it to work, either—the store will do repairs for free. ($1,425, troubadourgoods.com

 

Berluti Jour-Off MM

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The embossed, hand-finished Italian calfskin on these bags makes each one of a kind. A sleek exterior gives way to a pocket-lined suede interior that will hold all your accoutrements with ease. ($3,450, mrporter.com

 

Lotuff Small Leather Duffle

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Source: Lotuff

Constructed in New England, these bags feature full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather that wears beautifully with age and develops its own personality and patina over time. The navy color says you have a unique point of view that’s still classic. ($800, lotuffleather.com

 

Ghurka Grove Rugged Leather

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Source: Ghurka

A simple design and high quality leather make this bag a smart buy. The sides unsnap to fit your full-size bottles, and you can buy it in rugged brown, sporty stripes, or classic black.  ($1,425, ghurka.com

 

Frank Clegg Ostrich Duffle

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Source: Frank Clegg

Aside from standing out, this duffel—made from fine-grain ostrich leather—is tough. It has a water-resistant lining and solid brass hardware that won’t stain or wear down. ($4,800, frankcleggleatherworks.com

 

Filson Weatherproof Leather Duffle

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Source: Filson

This bag is anything but delicate. Its American-made, vegetable-tanned leather—so tough that it’s typically reserved for boots—is treated to make it waterproof and nearly indestructible. ($995, filson.com

 

Tom Ford Buckley Alligator Duffle

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Source: Tom Ford

If even the best simply won’t do, this is the bag for you. Crafted of genuine alligator, this bag is among the most luxurious one can own. Of course, if the price tag is too jarring, you could buy it in black calfskin for an eighth of the price ($4,690). ($41,310, tomford.com

 

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