The 12 Best Leather Duffel Bags for Sophisticated Travelers
As you begin to travel more frequently, you’ll eventually have to acknowledge that your old, beat-up canvas duffel bag from college just isn’t going to cut it anymore. It’s been great, reliable, and your go-to for years now, but it’s certainly seen better days.
It’s time to let that old thing go and invest in a quality leather duffel bag.
Why a leather duffel bag, you may ask? Well, for starters, this thing is going to last you a long, long time — way longer than any cheap plastic thing you pick up before your last-minute trip out to Montauk. It’s also versatile, an important quality for any investment piece. You’ll be able to bring it on a plane, on a business trip, or to a hunting lodge out in Montana. There’s virtually no place where a leather duffel bag would feel awkward or out of place.
Here, we put together a list of 12 leather duffel bags that are guaranteed to make the journey to and from your next great adventure far more sophisticated.
Frye Logan Leather Overnight Bag
The leather on the Frye Logan Leather Overnight Bag is really the standout on this purchase: The rustic look will truly age well over the years. Plus, this bag meets most airline carry-on size requirements. And travel is so much easier when you don’t have to check your bag.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $598
Leatherology Kessler Large Duffel
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find your passport or contact case in your luggage. That’s why this Leatherology bag made our list — not only is it roomy in the main compartment, but it boasts an easy-access outside slip pocket and several interior slots and pockets for staying organized.
To buy: leatherology.com, from $365
L.L.Bean Signature Leather Duffel
This all-leather take on L.L.Bean’s iconic zipper duffel silhouette is the ultimate in premium practicality. The shape helps it look just as good stuffed to the brim as it does when you’ve just tossed in the bare necessities.
To buy: llbean.com, from $269
Coach Metropolitan Duffel Bag
For those looking for a leather duffel bag with a bit of pastoral personality, the Coach Explorer Bag is the one. Composed of glovetanned leather, this bag screams cozy weekend getaway in the countryside.
To buy: coach.com, $695
Tecovas Medium Weekender Duffel
Because Tecovas sells direct-to-retailer via their site, you can score high-quality leather goods for less than half the traditional price. While the brand is best known for its boots, this sturdy leather weekender is beautifully crafted and also available in light tan and cognac leather. Bonus: It's also surprisingly comfortable on your shoulders.
To buy: tecovas.com, $295
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 50
There’s a reason why this classic duffel is often seen in paparazzi photos of celebrities in airports. This bag can fit a week’s worth of clothes with ease, and its quality is unparalleled.
To buy: louisvuitton.com, $1,820
Filson Weatherproof Leather Duffel Bag
An investment piece worthy of the most intrepid of travelers, this Filson weekender is stunning. It's pre-treated for water resistance, and designed to be your every-trip sidekick for decades to come.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $995
Knomo London 'Barbican Milton' Leather Duffel
The only proper word to describe this duffel by Knomo London is “sleek.” The metal hardware adds shine while giving the bag an overall sophisticated look and feel.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $329
Piel Traveler’s Select Large Duffel Bag
According to reviewers, the Piel Traveler’s Select Large Duffel Bag's “leather is of high quality without making the bag overly heavy,” and it “easily packs enough clothes for a long weekend, with room for shopping for gifts to return with.” Check, check, and check.
To buy: ebags.com, $278 (originally $448)
Smythson Burlington Holdall
The Smythson Burlington Holdall comes in on the pricier side of the scale, but you’ll understand once you touch the soft deerskin exterior and come to appreciate the small details Smythson is known for. Fitted with silver hardware and several internal pockets, this is a piece that will truly never go out of style.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $1,563