Words & Photos by Andrew Snavely
The Best Budget Leather Weekender
Gusti Leder “Toby”
25 x 11 x 10 in
A hidden gem popular among style forums, this goatskin duffel comes looking like it’s seen some adventures right out of the box. The leather is naturally spotted, marked, and wrinkled giving it a distressed or vintage feel. It has 2 end pockets and a front pocket, and the inside has a finished green lining. A few comments on Amazon complained of a strong smell but I didn't have that experience at all. If you want a leather duffel but don't want to drop a lot of money, it's tough to beat this bag.
The Best Bang for Your Buck
S-Zone Canvas Leather Duffel
21.7 x 14.8 x 10.2 in
This classic and handsome weekender is made of canvas and buttery-soft oiled leather. That, and with it's nicely finished interior, make this bag seem like it should cost 4 times as much. Two outside zipper pockets stow small gadgets at a finger's reach and the inside has 2 zip pockets as well as 2 open top pockets. The bottom is canvas, but protected by metal feet. This bag design is available from a few brand names, likely being a white-labeled product.
The Best Quality Leather Weekender Under $125
David King & Co. Extra Large Duffel
23 x 12 x 12 in
If you're looking for a leather weekender of decent quality for less than the cost of a night in a hotel room, you're looking at it. Leather bags are virtually unavailable for less than a couple hundred dollars. Because of its more structured form it's also the largest bag on the list, that may be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. It features compartments on each end with travel pockets, and two zippered pockets on each of the long sides. The leather is soft and thick, and the inside is lined with black. The shoulder strap is also leather, which is a nice touch, though the back of it is canvas.
The Most Affordable Weekender
Kenox Large Canvas Duffel Bag
24 x 12 x 10 in
If you need a weekender that will haul your stuff in style but can't justify doling out decent money, this duffel is unbelievable at $30. Made entirely of handsome canvas, it features a classic webbed cotton styling and has 2 end pockets, one being mesh. If you tend to travel with roller bags as well, this duffel has a side strap to slide over your roller's handle making airport traversing a smidge easier.
The Best Minimalist Weekender
22 x 8.5 x 12 in
Everlane practically invented the trendy concept among online retailers of “radical transparency” and cutting out the middlemen markup of traditional luxury goods. Their rise to millennial fandom began with their clean and minimalist-designed twill weekender. The simple shape and lack of adornment gives the bag a designer look for less than C-note.