Upgrade Your Luggage: The Leather Duffle

| WEARING | Coat c/o Reiss (last season, similar HERE), Uniqlo turtleneck, Club Monaco pants, Brooks Brothers gloves, Timex watch, J.Crew belt, Leather duffle bag c/o Coach, Boots c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

There are many choices when it comes to luggage. The type of luggage you choose depends as much on the kind of traveling you’re going to be doing as well your personal tastes. One of my favorite travel pieces is big on both style and practicality: the leather duffle bag.

Leather Travel Carry-On Duffle Bag - He Spoke Style

My travels run the gamut from weekends in New York City to 35-day cross-country treks to international flights for a week (or weekend) of work. For shorter trips, my medium-sized leather duffle is all I need, while for longer journeys, I’ll check a wheeled suitcase and use the duffle as my carry on.

One of my favorite things about a leather duffle, especially when I’m using it for weekend trips, is that it forces me to be really think about and plan my packing and to not take any more than I need. You can certainly fit a fair amount into a bag like this – I recently had a peacoat, blazer, four shirts, two sweaters, two pairs of pants, shoes, boots, accessories, dopp kit, and computer in there – but there’s something overwhelmingly satisfying when you get to your destination, unpack, and realize you’ve got exactly what you need. No more, no less.

But the best thing about any leather piece? It’s an investment that only gets better with age. Remember the leather messenger? 15 years old and looking better than ever.

Leather Travel Carry-On Duffle Bag - He Spoke Style

Leather Travel Carry-On Duffle Bag - He Spoke Style

Leather Travel Carry-On Duffle Bag - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Gregory Haney

    Great post! Leather duffels add such a higher tier to style. I own a couple in a nicer “dressy” style like you have pictured from Coach above, but personal favorite is Saddleback.

    Classing things up in the wardrobe for cold weather is advised, but adding an unavoidable rugged appeal of a Saddleback bag just mixes it up in the best way.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Saddleback has a great rugged look. Cheers, Gregory!

  • http://www.themxdapper.com Eduardo Garpe

    I’ve never saw this kind of accesories as an investment, but now that you mentioned it I guess they are! I’ve just started traveling more often and sometimes I wish I had lether duffel for this quick trips, I hate carrying my big suitcase everytime!

    – Eduardo

  • http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com Ben Heath

    Great photos. I have a leather duffle and a smaller black leather briefcase-style bag. Both are lasting well and seem to get better with age- it adds more character!

    Ben | http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com