7 Best Bags You Need to Have This Summer

‘Tis the season for summer vacays, weekend getaways, and maybe even the occasional destination wedding (or two). You might have your ensembles ready to go, but just what are you packing your travel life into? A wimpy, worn-out carry-on simply won’t do. Make sure you have one of the best bags to take you from point A to point B. And, don’t pull the man card and say you don’t need a new go-anywhere bag. The best kinds will only up your masculinity with functional and fashionable styling that’s strong and reliable, too.

Even if you’re stuck at the office this summer, you can still indulge in one of these dapper duffels for your day-to-day (they double as a great gym bag) — while you dream of that next trip.

1. Jack Spade Barrow Leather Duffle

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Jack Spade Barrow Leather Duffle | Source: Jack Spade

The subtle texture of Saffiano leather creates a dimensional duffle bag in this Jack Spade Barrow model. An intuitively functional design coupled with the epitome of sleek form makes for the quintessential everyday or travel-ready accessory that couldn’t be more sophisticated if it tried.

2. Troubadour Day Bag

One of the best bags is this Troubadour duffle bag

One of the best bags is this Troubadour duffle bag | Source: Troubadour

The ideal size for running around town — or dashing to the airport — the Troubadour Day Bag is a handsome amalgam of architectural construction, useful function, and sleek minimalism. Handcrafted in Italy from vegetable-tanned leather, it’s a modern and sophisticated way to tote your stuff. Plus the long tail zipper makes it easy to access everything that’s inside.

3. Herschel Supply Co. Sparwood Duffle

herschel duffle bag

Herschel duffle bag | Source: Herschel Supply Co

Part of Herschel Supply Company’s new Summer 2016 collection is the Sparwood Duffle bag that combines contemporary materials with a unique, utilitarian design that’s equally appropriate for corporate as well as casual endeavors. The water-resistant lead-green polycoat surface also features mesh side panels and premium leather detailing.

4. Shinola Medium Gym Duffle

Shinola, duffle bag

Gym duffle | Source: Shinola

You’ll turn heads carrying the bold Shinola Medium Gym Duffle in Regatta Blue, where the mix between the Detroit, Michigan-based label’s quality leather craftsmanship and its stylish edge rings loud and clear. The interior features multiple pockets to maximize organization. Even if you’re not into the bright blue colorway, the bag comes in plenty of other options including a richly warm bourbon, dark brown, navy, and black.

5. Uri Minkoff New Duffle Bag

Uri Minkoff, duffle bag

Duffle bag | Source: Uri Minkoff

Living up to its name, the Uri Minkoff New Duffle sets an elevated standard in the world of carryalls. Manifested in a classic shape and made of pure deerskin in a richly robust, dark-saddle color, the bag is made for destinations beyond the gym circuit. Unbreakable hardware and a fully lined interior will take you anywhere you want to go.

6. Everlane Dipped Weekender

Everlane, duffle bag

Weekender bag | Source: Everlane

Extraordinarily accessible and affordable but still packing plenty of quality, the Everlane Dipped Weekender is a cotton twill duffle with full-length leather straps and a contrast base that’s screen-printed 11 times for durability and protection against the elements — be it dirty subway floors or wet grass stains. Even more than the bag, we love Everlane’s commitment to radical transparency that challenges the system and offers designer-quality essentials at great and honest prices.

7. United By Blue Mt. Drew Duffle

United by Blue, duffle bag

Duffle bag | Source: United By Blue

An alternative to leather, the United By Blue Mt. Drew Duffle is made with waxed organic cotton canvas and antique brass hardware. But it’s just as durable and extra-roomy, so you’ll have plenty of space to work with. What’s even better is that the brand crafts its bags sustainably and responsibly and even removes one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways with every product sold. Talk about blazing a trail.

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