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Best Stylish Leather Weekender Bags for Men in 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 01-05-2023

best leather weekender bags for men

A stylish leather weekender bag will elevate your look when traveling.

Choosing a full grain leather weekender is best, as it's the highest quality and most durable.

In this post, we discuss the best leather weekender bags for men in 2023.

Best Men's Leather Weekender Bags 2023

Here are our top picks for leather weekender bags for men by type and style:

Best Leather Weekender Bag 2023

weekender leather travel bag in brown

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag

Pros:

  • 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 Weekender Bag 2023

grand leather garment travel bag in brown

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

Pros:

  • 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

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Best Leather Weekender Backpack 2023

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated compartments, perfect for travel.
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag for ease of access.
  • Top and side handles for when moving through airports.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

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Best Rolling Leather Weekender Bag 2023

voyager leather carry on bag with wheels in brown

Winner: Voyager Leather Carry-on with Wheels

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Hand luggage compliant.
  • 16 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Luggage tag included.
  • Two exterior pockets for easy-to-reach items.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Designer travel bag.
  • Can be personalized

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Best Leather Weekender Toiletry Bag 2023

Superior leather toiletry bag tan

Winner: Superior Leather Wash Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Durable waterproof lining
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Strong YKK zippers
  • Available in brown, tan, red, or black leather.
  • Internal zipped pocket for small accessories.
  • Plenty of space for toiletries.
  • Handles on both sides
  • 2 main compartments
  • 23cm wide, 13cm high, 8cm deep
  • Can be personalized

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The Benefits of Leather for a Weekender

Durable

One of the reasons why leather is one of the most popular materials for handbags is because it’s renowned for being flexible and resistant to wear and tear. You can use your leather purse every day without worrying about ripping it. Its inherent flexibility serves as a complementing quality to its durability. And as it ages, it becomes more flexible, giving its shape a distinctive form and allowing it to age gracefully without losing any of its fashionable appearance, shape, or practicality.

Naturally Waterproof

If you suddenly find yourself in a drizzle or light rain, leather bags offer some protection for your stuff within. Of course, we’re not saying that soaking your luggage in water would have no consequences, but it can withstand wetness decently. Leather can breathe, too. This implies that it defends itself against unpleasant odors, fungus, dust mites, and dry abrasion, which might easily affect other fake leather or synthetic bags.

Long Lasting

You might think leather bags are pricey and hesitate to buy them because of this. However, a little math will persuade you that spending money on a genuine, full-grain leather bag will result in long-term financial savings over purchasing an inexpensive, low-quality bag.

Eco-Friendly

Unlike other synthetic materials used to produce bags, leather is a natural material. This also means that making a leather bag uses fewer chemicals than a synthetic or imitation bag, which would contaminate the environment. Because leather is natural and not fabricated with unidentified chemical substances from a lab, it makes us feel good and provides peace of mind.

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Top Grain vs. Full-grain Leather

Top-grain or “genuine” leather is not as high-quality as full-grain leather.

Top-grain leather removes the outermost layer, whereas full-grain leather is made from the top layer of the hide and contains all of the natural grain.

Full-grain leather’s natural surface is highly distinctive – it tells a story through inherent flaws, blemishes, and even light brands on the surface, as seen in the markings on some of our bags.

Sanding away the natural grain from top-grain leather’s top layer removes flaws and defects. Full-grain leather is imprinted with an imitation grain after the original grain has been sanded away to give it a more uniform appearance. Still, the hide loses some of its strongest fibers in the process. On the other hand, top-grain leather is ideal if you’re after uniformity.

The best grade of leather money can purchase is full-grain leather. It contains all of the natural grain and is derived from the outermost layer of the hide. Manufacturers must pay more for it and find it more challenging to use.

The cost to the consumer reflects this. The outermost layer of the hide is removed from top-grain leather, which is the second-highest grade of leather. Compared to full-grain leather, this difference makes the leather thinner and more working for the producer, which is reflected in the price.

Because the strongest fibers in the hide are found along the natural grain of full-grain leather, it is firm and durable.

Additionally, it is incredibly absorbent, causing extended contact to retain less moisture. Because full-grain leather is more likely to stain, protect your purse with leather conditioner and clean it as soon as an unattractive stain appears. The weakest fibers in the natural grain hide are lost when top-grain leather is processed.

Delicate top grain leather can therefore be more susceptible to evident scratching than full grain leather, making it crucial to maintain it properly.

Full-grain leather does not deteriorate with time; instead, it burnishes and becomes more beautiful, acquiring a much-desired patina and a distinctive personality that cannot be easily imitated. It really does get better looking and feeling the more you use it.

A finishing coat is put on top-grain leather before use, protecting it from stains that would otherwise penetrate full-grain leather. The refinishing of top-grain leather, however, significantly limits the leather’s permeability and stops the leather from naturally aging with time.

Regular care and upkeep with leather cleaner and conditioner are required for both full-grain and top-grain leather. Although top-grain leather may be more prone to damage, it’s crucial to understand the precautions you can take to keep both types of leather dry when it rains

Can you take a weekender on a plane?

Yes, most passengers carry a weekender bag. The majority of US airlines let you bring a carry-on bag and a personal item on board. However, before making a purchase, be sure to check the airline’s website for the dimensions.

What makes a good weekender?

Any genuine weekend bag features a zippered closure and soft-sided exterior. An excellent weekend bag will have a body made of a rigid material that can withstand travel demands. That also applies to the equipment.

Be wary of purchasing a lightweight nylon bag with a fragile zipper on a budget. If it even lasts that long, it’ll probably start to wear out after your first trip. Find a weekender made of traditional materials like leather or waxed canvas instead. Leather and waxed canvas are incredibly resilient and actually get prettier with time and use.

All conventional weekend bags have two carry handles, and most additionally include a longer strap for carrying. Be wary of handles and straps made of thin nylon. Those straps and handles will quickly impede your fashion sense if you take a heavy bag or travel far.

That longer strap will be removable, padded, and adjustable on a nice weekend bag. The carrying handles should be constructed from a sturdy, cozy material, like leather.

Any weekend bag will have an open, large interior with perhaps one pocket for smaller items. Weekend bags rarely, if ever, have numerous organized compartments. Packing is quick and easy with the straightforward, open interior for your laptop, etc.: roll up a few clothing changes, throw in your Dopp brand kit, a book, or magazine, and you’re good to go.

All weekend bags have essentially the same interior. But not exactly. Pay attention to the material: a quality weekend bag will be lined with a stain-resistant material like nylon that dries quickly. One day, you might realize how significant this is. Have faith. (It’s a lengthy tale. Car treats.)

All the essentials for a weekend excursion can fit in a nice weekend bag without making it feel bulky. However, the best weekenders are more extensive than necessary. You can find a bag that will last for years of weekend excursions if you choose a weekender bag that fits you perfectly both inside and out.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best leather weekender bags for men.

If you have any questions or comments, contact us at info@vonbaer.com, or leave them in the comments.

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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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