A professional, polished image requires a work bag that is modern, functional and stylish. Just because you’re carrying your workday essentials doesn’t mean you can’t carry them with confidence. Forgo the company-issued laptop bag, it’s too pedestrian for the style conscious, urban professional anyway. Instead, check out the work bags below for some inspiration and you'll elevate your work bag game in no time.
Starting with leather wallets, Australian brand Bellroy creates minimalist bags that merge work and play into one nifty package. The Duo Totepack (Bellroy, $289) combines the spaciousness of a tote bag with the practicality of a backpack. Large enough to accommodate laptops up to 15" the bag also expands to pack in even more. This durable, canvas bag can be carried as a tote or backpack, perfect when your work bag needs occasional extra space. Available onine at www.bellroy.com.
Specializing in high quality travel bags, New York-based Hook & Albert, blends great style with function. Using the highest level craftsmanship and materials, the Casual Computer Briefcase (Hook & Albert, $265) fits the bill for a professional image with style. This bag accommodates up to a 15" laptop and features outer pockets to store your smaller essentials. Comprised of twill fabric and leather accents, wear it over the shoulder or across the body as a messenger bag for maximum functionality. Available online at www.hookandalbert.com or at select Nordstrom's.
For those looking for a minimal bag with room enough for only the essentials, Coach offers the Manhattan Convertible Slim Messenger bag (Coach, $350). The calf leather is supple and elegant. Coach is a heritage brand with a strong reputation for leather craftsmanship. The Manhattan messenger bag is sleek, modern and luxurious. Find it online at www.coach.com or at fine retailers.
If your office environment is more formal, check out the Gates Slim Briefcase (Tumi, $895). Using a high grade, coated canvas, this bag is sophisticated but not pretentious. The Tumi brand is synonymous with high quality materials and modern design. This bag is available in grey fabric or leather and can accommodate laptops up to 15 inches and features a built in key fob, outside zippered pockets and a removable strap. Find it online at www.tumi.com or at a fine retailers.
Guys who need more room in their work bag should consider a tote. It's a smart alternative to the traditional briefcase or messenger bag and very fashion forward. The Nero/Fern Calf Intrecciato Checker Tote by Italian luxury goods maker, Bottega Veneta is one option. Think of this bag as an multipurpose investment piece you'll have forever. The rich calfskin is sumptuous and the braided trim is elegant. Tote bags are versatile as they can be used for work, gym, travel, beach and shopping. The bag retails for $3900 and is available online at www.bottegaveneta.com or at fine retailers.
A quality work bag will elevate and enhance your professional image by tying together your personal style and creating an strong impression. Who knows? It may even inspire more productivity. If not, at least you'll look good while commuting to and from the office. Let me know your favorite work bag style. Thanks for reading. Please comment, share and like.
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