Opting for the right kind of bag for work that can balance style and functionality can be a struggle. We round up the coolest Indian work bag brands for you.
We all want different things from our work bags – professional but not staid, big enough to carry our lives but not bulky, enough pockets to keep things organised yet sleek in design. It’s a big ask! Yet these Indian labels have risen to the occasion with their well-designed and functional offerings to make your day a tad easier and a lot more stylish.
This Chennai-based design label is known for its sleek leather and canvas beauties that have a luxurious boutique feel. Made using carefully selected premium materials, each design is crafted and manufactured in-house. The brand uses leather sourced only from tanneries, which have acquired a gold or silver rating from the Leather Working Group for environmental performance. Their product range includes sophisticated laptop bags, refined backpacks for men, and elegant work totes for women as well as beautifully designed travel cases, folios, and organisers. You can also personalise these bags with your initials.
Walk into your next business meeting in style with the classic and timeless pieces by this New Delhi-based fashion and accessories label. Armed with a minimal and tailored aesthetic, each creation is a study in “artisanal excellence”. There are structured messenger bags and briefcases for men, chic totes and day bags for women, and a beautifully sculpted range of backpacks, laptop bags, tablet sleeves, and folios. They also have an engraver to customise some of their leather beauties.
If you fancy luxe quality creation that looks and feels like leather but is cruelty-free, then this New Delhi label has the perfect pieces for you. With a wonderful vision to “build a platform for ethical buying without compromising on fashion”, Aulive uses high-quality vegan leather for gorgeous handcrafted designs. Championing the cause of sustainable fashion, they also have a range made from Piñatex® which is a natural and plant-based leather alternative. Our favourites from their collection include The Big Manhattan laptop bag (available in warm tan and forest green), The Big Brooklyn tote (sleek yet big enough to fit your essentials), and The Oxford (a perfectly tailored compact portfolio bag). When you are ready to discard the bag, drop them an email for help on where to properly recycle it.
Inspired by Indian culture and crafts, Zouk’s vegan creations are a delightful way to accessorise your workwear. Their laptop bags, streamlined backpacks, and office bags for women are made using faux leather and fabrics like jute khadi. You can choose from a myriad of beautiful patterns including textured solids, ikat, floral motifs, chevron, and abstract designs.
The New Delhi-based accessories label uses only up-cycled leather to craft their bags with a definite vintage aesthetic. Up-cycled leather includes “surplus hides that are rejected because of surface imperfections like uneven colour, small scars, and shade variations”. The label, however, looks at these so-called imperfections as marks of beauty. Each piece is handcrafted and single-artisan, from start to finish.
Dedicated to the requirements of a career woman, the statement totes by Everpret are minimal yet stylish and functional. The elegant creations are made from PU faux leather lined with a premium waterproof nylon interior and finished with brushed gold details like zips, buckles, and rivets. Available in 2 sizes – 13” and 15” – and beautiful shades like oxblood, navy and ivy. The bag has a place for everything including your laptop and tech accessories.