If you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning your next weekend trip.
Whilst the airport is yet to open for international travel, many of us are heading out of the city on road trips and inner-Thailand escapes for a change of scenery.
These weekend trips are fun and spontaneous with little planning needed, and — what’s best — don’t require much time to pack for. A travel bag or weekender is all you really need.
Ideally, the act of travel should be a stylish and romantic one; and as David Coggins (author of the New York Times bestseller Men and Style) astutely observes “there’s always a time in a trip going up a bridge, across cobblestones, hurrying to catch a train, when you’ll wish you packed lighter and wheel-free”. Put that advice to good use with 8 of our favourite travel bags: made to accommodate a lightweight and smartly edited wardrobe that you can sling over your shoulder at a moment’s notice.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.
We’ve mentioned Bennett Winch in passing, but it bears repeating that this British bag maker is producing some of the most ruggedly handsome travel luggage on the market. The brand’s poster child is the Weekender: a contemporary take on the classic zipper-top duffle, made using 24-oz bonded canvas and military grade webbing. Conceived with the serial traveller in mind, the Weekender is capacious enough for a 72-hour sojourn, complete with two isolated waterproof compartments (great for footwear) and a padded internal laptop sleeve. Available in a handful of colourways, the olive drab is our definite go-to: the ultimate complement to your workwear ensemble and open-topped coupé.
Approx. THB 22,924 from Mr Porter
Hedonists often tout the tactile pleasures of calfskin, but permanent satisfaction comes from robust dependability — a fact that’s particularly true of travel bags. For weekend warriors whose adventures take place off the beaten track, Filson’s rugged duffles have long been a secret favourite. Manufactured using water-resistant twill and decorated with rust-proof trimmings (i.e. zippers, snap fasteners), this “Made in America” staple has been delighting travellers for decades. With Filson’s famous lifetime guarantee, every repair is an opportunity to add character to an innately robust, pioneering design.
Approx. THB 19,243 from Mr Porter
Mulberry’s ‘Clipper’ holdall has long been a popular choice for the man who favours subtlety over brash declarations of personal taste. The tan scotchgrain is handsomely complemented by a full suede interior — more than capable of storing a weekend’s worth of clothing, documents and incidentals. For situations when the full 34.5L capacity isn’t being put to use, the Clipper features a clever harnessing system which allows the bag’s ends to be pinched tight, creating distinctive pleat-like folds.
Approx. THB 62,026 from Mr Porter
Italian heritage brand Valextra is renowned for crafting covetable leather handbags (namely, the Serie S) yet its expertise also extends to medium-sized articles like this duffle. Cast in a sumptuous shade of navy — hand-applied to ensure better coverage and protection — the Boston’s many smooth uninterrupted lines speak to the same modish visual style we’ve all come to expect from the brand. The main compartment is fastened using a top-zipper, and made even more secure by the inclusion of an overhead storm flap — a clever design feature that provides an additional layer of security against inclement weather and sudden shifts in the overhead compartment.
Approx. THB 157,366 from Mr Porter
Though cashmere is king at Brunello Cucinelli, the Solomeo brand’s latest holdall proves there’s no premium material beyond the skilful manipulation of its artisans. Crafted in the style of a traditional cylinder duffle, this holdall is a simple and decadent travel bag which will look a million bucks in the backseat of an E-type (preferably cruising down the Côte D’Azur). It’s made in Italy to Cucinelli’s exacting internal standards, featuring a construction that is 90 percent suede — shaded in a multitudinous mixture of tan, cream and mocha neutrals.
Approx. THB 129,824 from Matches Fashion