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Gents, these weekender bags are your perfect travel companion

If you’re a frequent traveller, practical and versatile luggages are a godsend. We’re not talking about the rigid four-angled wheelies but a hand-carried (or shoulder-strapped) bag that’s big enough for a few days’ worth of clothing and other essentials. Here’s where the weekender bag comes in handy.

Also known as the duffel, weekenders are not only good for the grab-and-go type of travellers (especially for whirlwind trips) but also for daily use, especially if you’re the gym-before-brunch kinda guy. You can have all your necessities — workout shoes, change of clothes, supplements, gadgets, and more — in one bag. Some even come with compartments to give you a more utilitarian advantage. At the same time, you want to have a kick-ass piece that you can show-off without looking like a hippy backpacker.

We’ve narrowed down five latest weekender bags as your ultimate companion wherever the wind takes you. So make sure you stand out in the crowd with these luxe-looking duffels that are equal parts style and functionality.

(Featured image: Fendi / Hero image: Frye)

This vibrant duffel will accompany you from morning to evening thanks to its soft and lightweight feature that comes with minimalistic design elements. Carry all you want but there’s also an attachable shoulder strap for you to have the option of wearing it cross-body or over the shoulder. Designed in a neoprene canvas, the two-tone contrast gives out a sport yet casual look — choose between bright yellow, scarlet orange or cobalt blue. Here’s a smart fact: the ‘271’ signature is a nod to number 271 rue Saint-Honore in Paris where the Longchamp Men and Luggage store is located.

The pioneering vision of menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh is apparent these days — he’s bringing a youthful vibrancy to the timeless elegance of Louis Vuitton. The latest Keepall Bandouliere 50 is a weekender that captures the eye with its enigmatic iridescent hues that are eternalised in a classic silhouette. Made of Monogram embossed PVC, the bag also comes with a leather-covered padlock ornament for safety and a removable leather strap for shoulder or cross-body carry options — giving you everything from style to functionality.

This unisex weekender is both practical and stylish. It comes with two roller wheels that can be concealed, making perfect sense when the bag becomes too heavy. On its own, it is a sleek all-black hand-carry that’s detailed with rose gold hardware and leather front pocket. Interior-wise, there are enough space for a weekend getaway and comes with a combination lock to keep your bag secure.

You cannot go wrong with a signature Fendi bag especially with its latest FF monogram that’s ultra-contemporary. Crafted in smooth leather, the weekend features round top handles, a front logo patch and a detachable shoulder strap for versatility — you can wear it cross-body or over the shoulder. The sleek finish on the bag makes it a great hand carry for formal occasions if you’re the sort who aren’t keen to take too many options with you on short business trips. The dark earthy tones are perfect for easy matching with almost every colour in our wardrobe.

For something classic yet understated, Dior’s Safari travel bag is great for everyday use. Crafted in the iconic Oblique jacquard and black grained calfskin, this weekender can be used as a cross-body, carried in the hand or on the shoulder thanks to the adjustable shoulder strap in matching fabric. Its size is perfect for a weekend getaway, and comes with a zip pocket on the inside for small items.

Featuring an exaggerated rendering of the brand’s signature diamond motif, the print is inspired by the geometry detailing that’s commonly found on engineered auto parts. This carryall bag is your answer to a sophisticated utilitarian accessory for travel and everyday use. Crafted in grey coated canvas with calfskin and Alfred Dunhill’s selvedge details, the bag is water-resistant and lightweight. If you’re looking for something minimalistic but not monotone or plain boring, this is something you’d like to have.

Gents, these weekender bags are your perfect travel companion

Martin Teo


Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. On his free time, he finds time scouring through the latest cafes in search for the best croissant in the city.


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