With travel soon set to be back on the cards, we're eagerly gearing up for weekend jaunts to the countryside and road trips along the coast. We're packing all manner of holiday essentials – from breezy linen shirts to elegant espadrilles, but at the top of our wish list is a trusty holdall to throw it all into. Enter the weekender – the ultimate travel companion that will carry all you need for those 48-hour trips. The best men's weekender bags fuse style, space efficiency and sturdiness: Invest well and your weekender will outlive your passport.
Keen to hit the road? Scroll on for our pick of the best men's weekend and duffle bags to buy in 2021. There's something for every taste – from classic leather holdalls that exude sophistication to colourful, logo-emblazoned bags designed to make a statement.
Who better to kick things off with than Mismo? The Copenhagen-based brand has become a leading name in the world of men’s luggage, courtesy of its straightforward and durable designs that fuse functionality and aesthetics. You can be sure that any bag worthy of the Mismo label has earned it through fine materials, minimalist Scandinavian design and meticulous attention to detail.
The Mismo M/S Avail Bag in classic khaki and black is the perfect overnight travel bag for men, large enough to securely store clothes, laptop and valuables, but compact enough to comply with airline cabin restrictions. Vegetable-tanned, full-grain bridle leather trims feature gun-metal buckles for handle adjustment. The heavy-duty, waterproof cotton and nylon canvas construction promises to keep everything safe and bone dry no matter what the weather.
Troubadour's travel bags have garnered legions of fans in the menswear world thanks to their combination of a contemporary minimalist aesthetic and sturdy construction. A Troubadour bag is built to stand the test of time — in terms of both aesthetics and durability.
The Adventure Weekender is a classic weekender bag that you'll come to rely on for decades. Made from a hard-wearing waterproof fabric,it epitomises Troubadour's commitment to durability and long-lasting quality. There are no concerns when it comes to space: the bag features a roomy interior that's supplemented with a zipped external pocket as well as a padded laptop compartment and a zipped pocket inside for valuables. Its super sleek aesthetic makes it just as ideal for a business trip as a weekend countryside escape.
From laptop cases to sneakers, Hardgraft has leather accessories covered. The label's products are produced in small batches in Italy, using only the highest quality Tuscan vegetable-tanned leathers — so you can expect premium products that will last a lifetime.
Hardgraft's Overhead Holdall Bag is the ultimate carry-on companion. It's crafted from rich black leather with minimal hardware detailing, so it'll help you look the part on your travels. Beyond good looks, the holdall boasts ultimate versatility, with a spacious interior and removable shoulder strap. Fill it up with all your holiday essentials and glide effortlessly onto the plane.
Carl Friedrik was founded in 2012 when brothers Niklas and Mattis Oppermann noticed a lack of well-designed, high-quality men’s leather accessories on the market. Almost a decade later, Carl Friedrik still offers a comprehensive collection of leather card holder wallets, men’s leather briefcases and lightweight cabin suitcases.
The Carl Friedrik Palissy Weekend Bag is the ultimate all-rounder. This luxurious men’s leather weekend bag is crafted from Italian Vachetta leather and features a heavy-duty Raccagni zipper that you can trust with your load. Made just outside Naples, Italy by a small team of artisans, every Carl Friedrik men’s leather bag sits at the pinnacle of artisanal design.
Inspired by Californian skate culture and the bohemians of 1970s Venice Beach, German luggage label Floyd is all about giving modern travel its mojo back, with a range of smooth, durable and colourful travel cases and bags that put spirit, style and character into travelling.
If you're the type that likes to make a statement when you travel, you can't go past Floyd's eye-catching 'Gator Green' weekender bag, with its contrasting orange lining and bold branding. Practically speaking, it features multiple compartments for laptops and smaller items and comes with two adjustable shoulder straps in green and orange.
Travelteq's bags and travel accessories are characterised by a sleek, understated aesthetic, which – in combination with their hard-wearing construction – guarantees that they'll stand the test of time. With versatility and functionality at their core, they're designed to see you through whatever modern life demands of you.
The Travelteq Weekender is an updated take on the classic duffle bag, optimised for busy modern lifestyles with the integration of smart tech features like a wireless powerbank. Boasting seven compartments, it also happens to be one of the most space-efficient men's weekender bags we've come across. Read our full review of the Weekender for everything you need to know.
Royal RepubliQ is a conscious leather brand that creates leather footwear, bags and accessories, always underscored by the philosophy of 'form follows function'.
The brand's Supreme Day Bag is crafted from buffalo leather, which is up to three times thicker than cow hide and extremely strong and sturdy. This is one bag that's guaranteed to see you through years of travel. It's luxurious yet practical: with a padded compartment for your laptop and an adjustable and detachable leather shoulder strap, it will serve you just as well for work as for play.
Montreal-based brand WANT Les Essentiels offers carefully constructed travel accessories that are discreet and intentional yet incredibly forward-thinking thanks to its innovative range of materials; from high-grade leather to organic and sustainable fabrics.
Its Kelowna Holdall is as durable as they come, crafted from the brand's specially developed tear-proof and water-resistant Italian nylon, with strong leather handles and an adjustable, removable logo crossbody strap. Its sleek, minimalist aesthetic ensures it'll look just as good now as in ten years time.
Luca Faloni specialises in premium Italian-made staples that are designed to stand the test of time. Everything it produces – from shirting to knitwear – is made by expert artisans at the top of their game, using only the finest locally sourced fabrics.
This luxurious men's weekender bag epitomises Luca Faloni's extraordinary attention to detail. It's handmade in Florence using the finest vegetable tanned full grain leather from Santa Croce, with 100% cotton lining on the inside. Multiple pockets ensure all your valuables will stay safe and secure, while the detachable shoulder strap boasts a shoulder pad in anti-slip suede, for ultimate comfort.
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