Best Stylish Leather Duffle Bags 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 06-02-2023

best leather duffel bag

If you need a leather duffle bag that will serve you well whether you’re on a vacation or hitting the gym, we at Von Baer recommend you choose a bag that's durable and stylish.

Leather Duffle Bags are particularly appealing to those that need something versatile, and are looking for a bag that looks great and offers vast amounts of space (for those long weekends!).

They're also perfect for those who want to remain stylish, while carrying a lot of items with them - ideal as a Commuting Bag.

In this post, we'll look into the best leather duffle bags, and what makes a good bag.

Best Leather Duffle Bags for 2023

Here we go over the best leather duffle bags for 2023 by type:

Best Leather Duffle Weekender Bag 2023

weekender leather travel bag in brown

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Carry-on luggage size.
  • Internal zipped pocket for travel essentials like your passport.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Ideal for the gym or business travel.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Perfect overnight bag.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Leather Garment Duffle Bag 2023

grand leather garment travel bag in brown

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry-on luggage size.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Perfect for the gym or business travel.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

How To Choose a Leather Duffle Bag

There are many fantastic leather duffle bags on the market, by many brands other than Von Baer.

However, quality can vary. If you do want to buy a leather bag but don’t want to end up regretting your decision (who does), there are many factors you need to consider. Let’s take a look at these right now!!

Size and Capacity

A great duffle bag will be spacious enough to accommodate all the clothes and accessories that you need for a few days away. However, it still needs to be small enough for you to carry it with ease (traveling can be tiring).

Many of the bags on the market give you approximately 45 liters of storage space. However, if you need to take your bag on a plane with you, make sure it doesn’t measure more than 22 x 14 x 9 inches.

It’s worth noting that leather bags tend to weigh more than ones that are manufactured from synthetic materials - but this shouldn't put you off, as the difference is slight.

This means it’s important to take a close look at weight before you purchase one. Even if your bag looks great and feels good on your shoulder, you are likely to experience discomfort if it is too heavy.


Style and Appearance

Not all leather products are created equally - buyer beware!

There are many types of leather available to you. Various animals are used to create different leather bags, which can make buying them tricky.

Leather products derived from cows can be different to ones produced from goats and so on. It’s very important to do your homework before you do go ahead and purchase a leather bag.

You also need to think about tanning. This refers to the way that the animal skin was cleaned before your bag was produced (a bit gory, we know).

Some bags already have a wrinkled appearance, whilst others look more smooth. Some people like to go for bags that already have a vintage appearance (everyone loves a classic), but you could also buy something that looks smooth now and will look more worn over time.

If you are buying a leather bag online, bear in mind that it might look different to the way that it does on your computer screen - so check the reviews for extra assurance.

Each leather bag is unique in its own way. Some bags use leather for decorative purposes only. Some bags have elements of leather alongside denim and waxed canvas. Bags with two or more textures are often regarded as more adaptable than typical leather-based bags, such as those at

Straps and Handles

Many lovers of leather duffle bags opt to carry their bags in their hands whilst they get from A to B - so handles are essential!

Some bags have a leather handle wrap that’s designed to stop chafing as well as rounded handles that feel comfortable and soft when you hold them (this can also make them last longer).

If you want to keep your hands free, it’s a good idea to look for a bag with a detachable shoulder strap that’s also adjustable - look for detachable straps to make your bag more adaptable.

Some leather duffle bags are designed to be worn over the shoulders and come with robust backpack straps!


Most people think about visuals when they’re shopping for leather duffle bags.

Practicality and efficiency are obviously important, but you’ll likely want to look the part when you’re using your bag too.

Stained leather and natural tans are incredibly popular amongst those looking for great-looking bags that also deliver great performance.

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Faux or Real Leather

If you are considering buying a leather bag, you may find yourself weighing up synthetic versus real leather options. Faux leather bags are more affordable, but they can be less robust, while being vegan-friendly.

This means there are reasons other than cost that cause people to choose faux over real leather. Another reason why people opt for synthetic leather is that it is more versatile than genuine leather. This means it’s available in a bigger range of finishes and colors.

Nonetheless, real leather remains a big draw for consumers for various reasons (we love it). It has vast aesthetic appeal and is very strong.

It also tends to age wonderfully - known as leather patina. Choose full grain leather for the highest quality.

Many consumers are happy to pay more for real leather because of the higher construction and material standards.

Another key benefit of buying a genuine leather bag is that it will be waterproof.

This means it will help you defend your possessions in wet conditions. As leather is breathable, it is resistant to unpleasant smells as well as fungal attacks. Real leather is generally more crack and scratch-resistant too.


It’s essential to think carefully about organization when you are looking for a leather bag. The bag may need to accommodate goods including phones, tablets, toiletries, clothing and other accessories - everything you need.

It must be big enough to hold everything that you might need during a short break away (so you won't be stranded without an essential item).

Convenient features can include inner zipper pockets where you can store smaller items. Slip-in-pockets are ideal for transporting goods like toothbrushes, hairbrushes and pens - handy while on the go.

You may also benefit from a large buckle or zipper pocket where you can put your wallet, keys and cellphone. Your bag may also have an extra compartment where you can keep your shoes - preventing any dirt getting on your clothes.

You shouldn’t need access to a plethora of pockets, but you should definitely seek out something with more than just a single big compartment.


Leather is famously durable. Most bags made from genuine leather last for years before they need to be replaced.

However, there are still things you need to think about if you do want your bag to last for a considerable period of time, with the type of leather used to make the bag being incredibly influential on longevity.

Some animal skins offer more durability than others, with buffalo being particularly robust.

Tanning and treatment procedures can also determine how long your bag will last.

Products are available that will help you with maintaining your leather duffle bag. Some bags even come complete with leather care kits including lotions that can be massaged into your bag.

Chances are that your bag might see wear, tear or scratches at some point, so it’s very helpful if it comes with tools that help you make repairs.

Some manufacturers of leather duffle bags also offer lifetime warranties so you can send your bag back and have it replaced if you see a design deficiency.

Even if you’re confident that your bag will last for years, it’s still best to ensure a guarantee is available.

FAQ's on Duffle Bags

What is the best duffle bag size?

A duffle bag of a good size for everyday use will give you somewhere between 30 and 45 litres of space. If you have less than this you might not have enough capacity for your items, but if you’re faced with too much weight you may experience discomfort.

Can a duffle bag carry enough space for a longer trip?

If you purchase a good-sized duffle bag, it should give you enough space for a weekend’s supply of clothes and accessories. Some bags even have separate compartments for shoes and toiletries.

The best leather duffle bags offer the ideal blend of practical storage and great looks. They are ideal for use whilst travelling, on road trips and at the gym. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have more to spend, you shouldn’t struggle to find a leather duffle bag that suits your specific needs.

Are leather duffle bags worth the money?

It’s definitely worth adding a leather duffle bag to your travel equipment. Most leather duffle bags are highly durable. Leather goes out of fashion, and if you buy a bag made from genuine leather you can expect it to look better over time.

Can I use my duffle bag as a travel carry-on?

The vast majority of duffle bags are suitable to be used as carry-ons, though it’s always best to take a look at the airline’s carry-on restrictions first. As these bags have soft exteriors, you can normally squeeze them into an overhead locker.



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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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