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Best weekenders and holdalls for men

For the man who loves to travel in style, a weekender or holdall makes a perfect gift.  The ultimate get-away bag should be designed for functionality, but also heavy on visual impact, whether it’s a smart leather holdall or a canvas duffel.

You may want to consider an on-trend design or a classic bag which might even look better with age!  Either way, there are certain boxes a good weekender should tick.   It has to be roomy, practical and robust.   But it also has to look good!  This can be achieved in many ways from coloured canvas, luxurious hides and elegant finishing touches, such as brass hardware and monogram initials.

It was easy to get carried away with choosing our favourites, but we have narrowed it down to our five best weekenders for men:

Mayfair Barrel Bag

Barrels of London


This urbane British brand combines artisan craftsmanship with impeccable materials to produce its ‘purposefully elegant’ luggage.  Its collections including Chelsea, Mayfair (seen above) and Westminster, are perfectly pitched at the more discerning traveller, who has a taste for the finer things at a reasonably modest price.  Great attention has been paid to every detail from the luxury Riri zips to the reinforced stitched and riveted handles.  The bags comply with hand luggage requirements for many airlines, including British Airways.  However, even if you check it in, it’s rich midnight blue and black onyx colour combination will certainly turn heads in the baggage reclaim area!

Aerodrome 24 Hour Mission Bag

Aspinal of London


Inspired by the Spitfire, one of the most iconic airplanes ever built, everything about this holdall bag exudes quality.  From the smooth, tan Italian calf leather to Aerodrome K5054 signature metal badge and Spitfire component-inspired metal hardware.  To add to its credentials, this holdall was designed in collaboration with David Gandy, thus combining Aspinal’s rich English heritage with the British supermodel’s contemporary style. But there is even more substance over style inside this gorgeous piece of luggage, thanks to its spacious interior complete with zipped pockets and cable paths making it ideal for transporting your overnight essentials and devices.  And that’s not all!  For an extra £60 (which if you can afford this bag in the first place, probably isn’t going to break the bank) you can also add a Tech Charger Pack and matching case.

All In Holdall Bag



As cool and desirable as a Lamborghini Murcielago!  Anything by the hardgraft brand is always going to be style sensation and this pitch black, water repellent, coated canvas weekender is an aesthetic masterclass.  But this black-beauty of a bag doesn’t just look a picture, it is also highly practical, in fact it’s foldable, collapsible and expandable.  Every detail has been carefully thought out from its leather carry handles to its waterproof zips.  This is a bag you can strap down and take on any adventure, regardless of the weather!

Novel Duffel Bag



Described by Forbes as ‘the coolest name in portage’ and a great gift for hipsters, a Herschel holdall is a winning choice.  The Novel is about as smart and durable a duffel bag as they come.  Standout features include the signature shoe compartment which protects clothes on the inside from dirt and grime and the snazzy custom striped fabric liner.  Extremely well made and receives consistent 5 star reviews.

Canvas Weekend Bag

The Cambridge Satchel Company


You’ll get top marks for gifting this present! A smart cotton canvas weekender, it is one of the latest offerings from the popular Cambridge Satchel Company, which became an overnight sensation after bringing the traditional British leather schoolbags from years gone into the 21st century.  Smart, understated and effortlessly cool, this weekender also has an aura of vintage style.  It is available in navy, black and oxblood (for the slightly more expensive price tag of £135).


By Denna Bowman, September 18, 2018
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