Utility and Style: The Leather Duffle Bag

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When I'm on the go and don't feel like oxfords or double monks but want some stylish kicks, I reach for my Lanvin sneakers.

A leather duffle bag is a versatile choice no matter what kind of traveler you are.

When it comes to stylish travel bags, a quality leather duffle bag ranks right up at the top. Large enough for a weekend getaway, yet small enough to qualify as an airplane carry-on, it’s an extremely versatile choice no matter what kind of traveler you are.

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Pros: Extremely stylish; very roomy and can fit more than you think (see below, also); takes on a beautiful patina as it ages; will last for decades if the leather is high-quality and taken care of properly.

MUST READ: How To Store a Leather Duffle Bag

Cons: Not something you want to take out in the rain; easy to overpack and can get very heavy in the hand and on the shoulder; scratches are unavoidable.

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| WEARING | Levi’s denim jacket, Neiman Marcus shirt, PT01 pants, Vintage club tie, Rolex Datejust watch, Lanvin sneakers | LUGGAGE | Leather duffle bag c/o Ghurka | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

There’s a certain stylish allure to a leather duffle bag. It’s a grown-up upgrade to a canvas one (not that a canvas duffle can’t be exceedingly stylish) and has a definite feeling of arrival (travel pun intended).

I have always been a fan of carrying exactly what I need and nothing more – hey, you’re talking to the guy who once did a style experiment bordering on performance art – which should come as no surprise since we always like to trumpet versatility on the site. So when I travel with a leather duffle bag, packing it and planning what to pack is a fun exercise.

Perfect For: Weekend getaways, air travel when you want a more stylish carry-on than a rolling one; guys who like to pack only what they need.

Our Pick: Ghurka ‘Cavalier II’ Leather Duffle Bag

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ANOTHER CARRY-ON: Of the wheeled, rolling variety.

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Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • http://www.thekentuckygent.com Josh @ The Kentucky Gent

    That is a good looking duffle bag! Definitely think it’s time to update mine to a leather variety.

  • benjaminsaccaggi

    Ghurka’s bags are some of the nicest I’ve seen, *almost tempting me to transgress my religion and buy leather ;) Great post mate!