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When it comes to building a men's capsule wardrobe, there are certain pieces worth investing in. A variety of button down and polo shirts, for sure, and a few pairs of comfortable casual shoes and several kinds of pants are crucial as well—but don't forget the designer handbags. And no we're not just talking about briefcases and backpacks. These days, crossbody bags, leather totes, and fanny packs have also become staple styles for the gentleman with discerning taste. Not only are these luxury carriers timeless and meant to be a convenient way to go hands-free, but they're meticulously designed with the highest quality materials and in such a way to last for years.
Whether it's time he upgrades that ratty old rucksack he's been carrying for years, or he's in need of a new briefcase for work, or you'd like to treat him to a great travel bag for all his upcoming getaways, here are the best designer bags for men you won't regret splurging on.
City-Hopper Backpack Nubuck Leather Fold Top Backpack
This backpack is the newest addition to the Carl Friedrik collection, and it's cool as can be. Made of nubuck leather, the fold top bag has a massive main compartment that offers plenty of space and can be expanded when needed. There's also an additional padded area for a laptop, as well as an exterior pocket for smaller essentials, a water bottle compartment, and a sleeve at the back for placing on luggage. Aside from that? Carl Friedrick is a Roy-family approved style. Yes, as in the Roy family of Succession.
Material: Nubuck Leather
Dimensions: 11" H x 18.1" W x 7" D
East West Leather-Trimmed Canvas Tote Bag
Whether he's heading on an overnight trip or spending a long weekend away with the guys, this sturdy (and stylish) canvas tote has ample space to hold it all—clothes, laptop, books, you name it.
Dimensions: 13.4" H x 27.6" W
Postino Venezia Softy Nero Grigio Briefcase
A black leather briefcase courtesy of Berluti is perfect for the businessman on-the-go.
Dimensions: 12" H x 16.5" W x 4" D
This compact carrier may look small, but it sure has a lot of storage for your daily belongings and makes accessing your things a breeze when you're traveling.
Dimensions: 12" H x 7" W x 2" D
Le Foulonné S Camera bag
Equal parts functional and fashionable, this modern-take on the camera bag will get so much use wherever he's headed, whether he's on holiday, walking around the neighborhood, or meeting his pals for a weekend brunch.
Dimensions: 8.7" L x 6.3" H x 3.1" W
Brolio Leather Crossbody Bag
Il Bisonte's version of a crossbody features a slim and elongated silhouette for extra storage and a comfortable adjustable strap that he can sling across his body. It's the kind of style that can go from airplane to sight-seeing to dinner with ease.
Dimensions: 9.75” H x 8” W x 1.5” D
Alfred Messenger Bag
Because Burberry's legendary check print looks good on everything, especially this functional messenger bag for work or play.
Dimensions: 10" x 3" x 8.5"
Two-Tone Leather Weekend Bag
Brunello Cucinelli is the designer to go to when you want him traveling in style. Crafted with two kinds of leathers in Italy, this contrasting weekender has pockets on pockets on pockets for organizing a weekends-worth of essentials.
Dimensions: 13" H x 21.7" W
The Portman Bag in Panama
Perfect for the minimalist man in your life, Smythson's sleek leather messenger features a dedicated spot for his laptop, as well as extra space for his notebooks, files, and other important documents.
Dimensions: 10.5" H x 13.5" W x 2" D
Pebbled Leather Duffel
Maybe it's time that worn-out duffle bag he's been carrying since his college days gets retired. Enter: Ralph Lauren's pebbled leather duffle. With a massive main compartment and both interior and exterior pockets galore, this stylish number will become his new favorite travel bag whenever he's en route.
Dimensions: 11.5" H x 14.5" L x 7.25" D.
Nomad All Day
Add a little texture to the mix with chocolate suede overnighter. It's both classic and convenient.
Dimensions: 12.2" H x 15.4" W x 6.9" D
Safari Bag with Strap Navy Blue CD Diamond Canvas
For the well-dressed fella who isn't afraid to experiment, consider this geometrically-printed Dior crossbody. He can carry it as a shoulder bag or crossbody—it won't go unnoticed either way.
Dimensions: 8.5" L x 6" H x 2" W
Runwell Leather Backpack
Great for casual outings, but even better for the office, Shinola's leather backpack is the epitome of a goes-with-everything, take-with-you-everywhere kind of backpack.
Dimensions: 17" H x 10.38" W x 6" D
Leather-Trimmed Jacquard Sling Backpack
A little bit sling-bag, a little bit backpack, Paul Smith's hybrid carrier will come handy of all sorts of occasions.
Dimensions: 12.2" H x 9.4" W
Logo-Debossed Full-Grain Leather Tote Bag
Yes, guys can carry leather tote bags, too—and it's a stylish alternative to a briefcase.
Dimensions: 12.6" H x 15.7" W
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