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.
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.