A variety of bags are needed to outfit the modern man’s arsenal of accessories. A bag that will pair well with a tailored suit for a business meeting isn’t the same bag you’ll take to the beach. An overnight bag can’t fit everything you need for a multi-day. So while every facet of life could use a different bag (we won’t tell you not to), the pragmatic man will narrow down to the bags that are needed most — and those that can be longest lasting and most versatile.
Your everyday bag for life in (and out of) the city.
Pairings: Any casual outfit you own.
Over-V6 Daypack by Master-Piece $155
Dalston Canvas Backpack by Brooks England $205
Ballistic Backpack 20L by Visvim $619
Leather Backpack by Common Projects $1,000
The Messenger Bag
A functional briefcase of sorts, often viewed as more professional than a backpack.
Pairings: from off-duty to business casual.
Erik Messenger Bag by Sandqvist $159
Original Twill Briefcase by Filson $325
Colonial Messenger Bag by Belstaff $595
Leather Messenger Bag by Shinola $950
The Tote Bag
A multi-use bag for those on the go.
Pairings: a day at the beach, or an evening off work.
Tote Bag by Rains $45
Climb Tote by Epperson Mountaineering $99
O’Hare Tote Bag by Want les Essentiels $250
Boat Tote (Large) by Joshu+Vela $298
For business trips and short road trips with friends.
Pairings: your passport and/or a full tank of gas.
Void Weekend Bag by Eytys $309
Twain Weekender by Korchmar $430
Leather Duffle Bag by Polo Ralph Lauren $695
Clipper Leather Holdall by Mulberry $2,300
For trips domestic and abroad.
Pairings: TSA Pre-Check.
Aluminum Suitcase by Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano $995
19 Degree Aluminum Case by Tumi $1,195
Trolley Case by Globe-Trotter $1,375
Topas Stealth Suitcase by Rimowa $1,440