When you're traveling — whether it be in the wilderness or the far more dangerous airport concourse — it's nice to have several ways to get to your stuff. The Filson Duffle Backpack gives you exactly that. Built from rugged Cordura nylon for resistance to both water and abrasions, this versatile bag offers a drawstring top and a zippered front to give you ways to get to the main compartment, an integrated rain cover to keep things dry, dependable RIRI zippers, and removable shoulder straps that let you transition from backpack to regular bag.
Inspired by the rich blue hues of the world's oceans, the Louis Vuitton Damier Cobalt Collection is here to add a blast of color to your staid brown/black accessory assortment. The Collection is split up into three families — travel, bags, and small goods — and includes everything from the Zepher 55 trolley case and Keepall 55 weekender to the oversized Brazza Wallet and the minimalist Card Holder. Just be prepared to part with some green if you want some Damier in blue.
Having trouble reconciling your weekend outdoorsy aesthetic with your weekday workwear wardrobe? Don't worry, Filson has your back with the Filson Leather Tote Bag ($825). Constructed out of Chicago-tanned Horween leather and Filson's unmistakeable tin cloth fabric, this bag is the perfect cross between rugged woodsy style and smart professional attire, while requiring very little time to break in. It features two exterior pockets with snap closures, and two interior slip pockets to easily store everything you need for a day on the job. Bridle leather straps with a two-snap grip make it comfortable to carry, while its made in the USA heritage means you don't need to worry about it holding up.
The holidays are a great time to head home for a bit — catch up with old friends, put in some quality time with the family, relive the glory days of high school. Unfortunately, you're not the only one with this idea, making airports a congested place full of delays, missed connecting flights, and chaos. So, if you're going to be there a while, you might as well carry all your gear in style with the Everlane Suede Weekender ($180). The perfect size to pack in everything you need while still fitting in an overhead compartment, this handsome bag features a water-resistant suede exterior available in coal, garnet, and dark brown. With a khaki twill lining and leather straps with a 12-inch drop, it's the perfect complement to your favorite airport get-up.
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Let's face it, you probably don't treat your bag as well as you should — whether you're tossing it into the trunk of your car next to a pair of muddy boots, sloshing motor oil all over it in the paddock next to your track car, or cramming it into a tiny overhead compartment. Rather than changing up your lifestyle, you really need a bag that can handle some abuse. The Chrome Blckchrm Collection ($200-$280) features welded waterproof construction, industrial strength velcro, weatherproof Hypalon outer shells, and urethane-coated YKK zippers, so you know they can handle just about anything. Choose from a roll-top duffel bag built to carry all your gear, a go-anywhere roll-top backpack, or a seatbelt buckle messenger that will never let you down.
Every once in a while a design collaboration comes along that forces you to look twice, drool a little bit, and then say "okay, just take my money." This time, it's the Woolrich x Topo Design Bag Collection ($40-$250), which includes a duffel bag, a backpack, and a dopp kit. They started with Topo Design's expertly crafted bags and finished them using high-quality woolen fabrics from Woolrich. What they ended up with is a line of bags — gorgeous in their simplicity and practicality — available in distinct colorways like buffalo plaid, navy, charcoal stripe, and blaze orange. Each bag is made in the USA, includes thoughtful details like sturdy zippers, parachute cord loops, heavy-duty hardware, cognac leather accents, and much more.
Okay, so perhaps it's a bit of a paradox to have a fabric that's designed to be easily spotted and blend in with its surroundings — but that doesn't mean you should like these Chrome Reflective Camo Bags ($95-$170) any less. They come in three choices of camo (a black urban camo, a tan desert camo, and a green wilderness camo), and feature glass-bead-woven fabric that reflects light up to 100 feet away. They are waterproof, welded, and durable enough to withstand a serious fall, making them a great choice if you get to and from work on two wheels.
Even if you aren't Bruce Wayne, you still need space to stow away all your gadgets when you're on the job — the Coach Bleecker Utility Tote ($400) has a pocket for everything. Outside pockets on the sides and front give you quick access to frequently-used items, while the zippered interior has slots for your more valuable gear, and at 15 inches wide, it's just the right size to fit your MacBook. Available in olive or navy canvas with leather trim, it's the perfect companion to your casual workday getup (even if it doesn't come in black).
When you have no choice but to travel with a bunch of gadgets, your biggest concern is getting them to your destination in one piece. The Cocoon Slim Backpack ($80) takes the stress out of traveling with your gear, so you can worry about making it to your flight on time. The main pocket has sleeves designed to fit a 15-inch macbook pro and an iPad (both are made from faux suede to prevent scratches). The secondary pocket features a rubberized, woven elastic organization system that holds your gear in infinitely-customizable configurations. Water resistant nylon on the exterior and waterproof zippers keep everything dry throughout the trip. And at three and a half inches deep, it's the perfect size to carry on.
Even if you don't spend your weekdays working outside, you can still add a touch of outdoorsy ruggedness to your daily carry with the Filson Tote Briefcase ($360). It's made in the USA, and constructed from durable cotton twill, oil-finish tin cloth, and lined with dry-finish shelter cloth. Plenty of pockets on the outside, and two dividers on the inside let you organize everything you need for the day, while bridle leather straps secure it closed. Available in either tan or otter green.
While new to the game, the folks at Everlane know a thing or two about making great bags. Now they're taking a totally new approach to classic carryalls with the Everlane Reverse Denim Collection ($30-$95). They've combined two fabrics normally relegated to pants into one sturdy, stylish material. By turning denim inside out and fusing it with khaki twill, they created great-looking, waterproof weekenders, backpacks, totes and dopp kits that won't blow your travel budget. Stitched leather accents and straps finish out these rugged accessories that you won't want to leave home without.
When is a backpack not a backpack? When it's part of the Bootlegger Modular Pack System ($190). This new series of bags is based on a single Triple-Tamp Suspension back panel that connects to each of the bags and provides the shoulder straps, while also allowing for instant adjustment of the fit, moving the bag closer or farther away from your back depending on the conditions. The full set includes the suspension, a hydration pack, a normal day pack, and a dry pack and should ship this summer; other combinations that only include the suspension and one or two of the bags are also available. But where's the point in that?