Watch the Leather, Man

We talk a lot about bags.  It’s a good subject-  I wouldn’t want any RCS reader using a garbage bag to travel.  For the most part, men’s luggage is Filson-esque canvas or some sort of ripstop nylon like Tumi.  Most of us have a rolling suitcase that we check, and a duffle bag to carry on, or use as a weekender.  There are plenty of niche alternatives, and I have really don’t have a problem with any option.  Whatever makes traveling easy is fine with me.

If you want to move up to first class, start looking at a leather duffle.  It’s the more masculine of bags, and a long term investment for the well appointed guy.  These are the bags that become your go-to for long weekends or the ‘one piece of luggage’ that fly in the overhead bin.  The leather will patina well, and requires a little more care than their canvas counterparts, but each looks fantastic and will only continue to do so.

Here are some RCS approved options:

From Top Left:

1 Tom Beckbe Leather Weekender:  This is called a ‘Weekender’, but it’s a healthy option.  I’d say it’s more of a long weekender, which works for me.  The leather is fantastic, and the signature Beckbe ‘X’ design gives it some character.
2. J.W. Hulme Continental Duffle BagHulme makes some very handsome leather pieces and their Continental design has been around for a LONG time.
3. Mission Mercantile Benjamin Leather Duffle Bag:  My friends at Mission Mercantile are leather experts, and the Benjamin is a great, affordable option for a leather duffle that will become a frequent flyer.  Great size and shape, it’s a classic that will never go out of style.
4. King Ranch Campanero Duffle Bag:  Excellent bag, and they offer the old school Texas font monograms.  How cool is that?
5. Tecovas Large Weekender:  Tecovas first branched out from their boots with this duffle, and I can tell you from personal experience that this bag is incredible.  Very affordable, and very sturdy, which gives it a really high value prop.
6. Martin Dingman Rudyard Polocrosse Duffle Bag:  We’re all aware of Martin Dingman’s prowess in the leather arena, and no details were spared in his Polocrosse line.  This duffle has a clam shell opening, giving greater access to all the contents.  The orange lining is a nice nod to the outdoorsman.
7. Filson Waterproof Leather Medium Duffle Bag:  Of course Filson is going to offer an all leather version of their iconic duffle.  And it’s incredible.
8. Barbour Leather Travel Bag:  Barbour’s option is a bit smaller than some; a great choice for the light traveler.
9. Colonel Littleton No. 5 Travel Grip: Last on the list, but certainly not ‘least’, this duffle is designed like an old doctor’s bag.  It has a structured feel and a hinged opening that allows for easy access.

Did I miss any?

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    01/11/2019 / 7:32 AM

    Picked up the large weekender from Tecovas last year. Perfect for a 2/3 day adventure, highly recommend it!

  2. Adam
    01/11/2019 / 7:58 AM

    Roots in canada make nice bags.

  3. Nacho
    01/11/2019 / 8:42 AM

    Lotuff makes a great Weekender in 2 sizes.  Handmade, made in Rhode Island, amazing leather quality.  If you time it right, they offer photo samples/catalog samples at a pretty good discount (and they are as new bags).  

  4. Steven Bremer
    01/11/2019 / 10:48 AM

    Hook and Albert make their Weekender Garmet/Duffel in leather. I have the non=leather version and LOVE it. 

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