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Best Custom Leather Duffle Bags in 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 01-05-2023

best custom leather duffle bags

Leather duffle bags are versatile and stylish.

Made from high quality leather, they'll also last for years.

And now you can add a custom monogram to them, making them a unique bag for you or a loved one.

We go over our top picks below:

Best Custom Leather Duffle Bags

Here are the best custom leather duffle bags by type and style:

Best Leather Weekender Bag

leather weekender bag

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag

The Weekender is ideal if you want a duffle style bag that looks smart and is very practical. The high quality full grain leather looks and feels amazing. It has a fully zipped main compartment with plenty of room, which has a sub-compartment for a laptop. It can be customized with a monogram or laser engraving.

Pros:

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

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Best Custom Leather Garment Bag

grand leather garment bag

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

If you need to carry a suit or a dress with you, then the Grand garment bag is ideal. You can zip your garment into the fabric of the bag, which prevents it creasing during your journey, and meaning you can wear it on your arrival. It can be customized with your initials or a laser engraving too.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Alternatives

The best alternative to a duffle bag is to choose a rolling carry-on bag. Our top pick for this is the Voyager bag, details below:

voyager rolling leather carry-on bag unisex

Winner: Voyager Leather Carry-on with Wheels

We love the Voyager because it feels very lightweight for a leather rolling bag at only 3.5kg, without sacrificing the space you need, as it's internal space is 50cmx40cmx18cm. The full grain leather looks and feels very smart, and the zippers run smoothly and feel high quality (they're Japanese YKK).

Pros:

  • Weight: 7.72 lbs (3.5kg).
  • 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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Top Tips on Choosing a Leather Duffel Bag

The key things to consider when choosing a leather duffel bag are:

  • Material quality
  • Overall size
  • Design details
  • Construction quality
  • Travel comfort
  • Cost

If you are purchasing a genuine leather weekend bag, you can expect to pay anywhere between $150 and $1,500, so you need to find one that meets your budget and expectations. Leather duffel bags come in all shapes and sizes, and not all leather fabrics are the same.

While once reserved for camping, mountain expeditions, and military exercises, duffel bags are now the ultimate travel companion, with leather duffel bags being the most popular of all designs. These versatile carryalls offer the perfect blend of utility and style, making them an investment for any frequent traveler and ideal for those who like to hit the open road.

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Material Quality

Manufacturers use various types of leather to make duffel bags, including buffalo leather, cowhide leather, calf leather, goat leather, and even crocodile skin. And each one is unique. The type of leather you choose will determine strength, durability, and weather resistance, so you should do your homework.

Top-grain leather is the highest quality, while full-grain leather is the most durable. Some manufacture’s use tanning to give leather duffel bags an antique or vintage look, while others use vegetable dyes to give their bags a clean and modern finish.

Shop online, and you’ll find soft leather duffel bags, textured leather duffel bags, and monogram duffel bags to suit every taste, so don’t rush into your purchase. Compare the options available and invest in a weekender that best suits your personality and needs.

Duffel Bag Size

Leather duffel bags are not cheap, but that doesn’t mean you should compromise on size. A smaller duffel may save you money in the short term, but if you over-pack it for a weekend away, it could fall to pieces before your eyes.

Buying a leather duffel bag is an investment, so get the size you need, and with regular care and maintenance, it could last you a lifetime.

Mode of Transport

How do you intend to travel with your duffel bag, by car, bus, or plane? If you'll be taking road trips in your own vehicle, a leather duffel bag is a perfect choice, but if you are traveling by public bus or plane, you might want to consider a more economical option.

Baggage handlers are notorious for damaging quality luggage. If you have just invested in a quality LV weekender or designer leather duffel bag, the last thing you want to do is check it in at the airport. Choose a durable canvas duffel instead and invest your hard-earned cash in a leather tote or carry-on bag.

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Design Details

The little things can make a big difference to the appearance of your leather duffel bag, so look for quality design features such as integrated zippers, metallic hardware, well-constructed straps, and side pockets. Most top-quality men’s leather duffel bags have these.

Cost

How much does a leather duffel bag cost? Prices vary greatly. You can expect to pay between $150 for a cowhide duffel bag to $2,000 and more for a top grain leather, designer overnight bag.

But price tags do not necessarily indicate quality. You’ll pay considerably more for a designer leather duffel than an unbranded model from the high street, so check for leather quality, stitching, and construction when shopping for this type of bag.

Construction Quality

A leather duffel bag can last for decades, but it all comes down to construction quality. Buffalo skin duffel bags are considerably more durable than calf and goat skin options, and cowhide duffels are typically more robust than those made from crocodile or ostrich.

Tanning and dying techniques can affect the quality of some animal skins, so if you want your weekend duffel to last, go for a natural colour and stick to buffalo or cow leather.

Duffel Bag Uses

Leather duffel bags are versatile, practical, and suitable for various functions, including:

  • Leisure travel
  • Business travel
  • Sports
  • Recreation
  • Gym
  • Weekend breaks
  • Work

How will you use yours?

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best custom leather duffle bags.

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

Want to read more? Check out our Travel pages here, and our Leather pages here.

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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