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24 bags for him to have and to hold. By Piera Gelardi & Christene Barberich


Our diligent pursuit every season of the perfect Man Bag gets tougher and tougher. Our standards are high—we want quality and handsome construction and a little high style, too. You wouldn't think it would be so tough to find, but if you've ever searched yourself for just the right tote that is as understatedly good-looking as it is functional, you know it's a tall order.

Lucky for you, despite the odds, we've once again turned up some incredibly cool finds. Among our top picks, we scored some streamlined backpacks, stylish weekender duffels (that, when not too oversized, can easily work for everyday), a variety of work-perfect bags, and, of course, the trusty tote. Whatever your lugging needs, there's most definitely a hard-working Man Bag here for you.


Work Bags—Nope, you don't have to settle for a plain old anonymous briefcase anymore. In fact, these work-perfect designs have refinement and practicality in equal measure.

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Jack Spade Grain Leather Bag, $495, available at Blackbird.


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From left: Krane Hamlin Tote-Messenger Bag, $506, available at Revolve; Urban Outfitters Helmut Bag, $38, available at Urban Outfitters.


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From left: Filson Zippered Tote, $130, available at Steven Alan; Billykirk Padded Flight Bag, $300, available at Blackbird.


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From left: Banana Republic Monogram Leather Brief Bag, $330, available at Banana Republic; Banana Republic Everyday Nylon Messenger Bag, $140, available at Banana Republic.


Totes—The simplest designs can often be the most arresting and appealing. And our favorite totes this season have even more presence thanks to unique details like contrast trim and winter-ready plaid patterns.

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From left: Rag & Bone Leather Top Tote, $375, available at Tobi; Diet Butcher Slim Skin Face Tote, $260, available at Blackbird.


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From left: Engineered Garments Canvas Tote, $161, available at Hejfina; Jack Spade Lochcarron Market Tote, $295, available at Blackbird.

Backpacks—The symbol of hands-free academia has re-emerged (again) with a streamlined, almost modernist design. In glossy black nylon, this is an on-point piece that's perfect for the understated dude.

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From left: Eastpack by Raf Simons Wrinkled Backpack, $235, available at Barneys New York; Eastpack by Raf Simons Front-Pocket Backpack, $234, available at South Willard; Robert Geller Leather Backpack, $1,105, available at Blackbird.


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From left: Topman Buffalo Check Rucksack, about $40, available at Top Shop; RVCA Birmingham Backpack, $63, available at Revolve.

Duffles—Such a classic shape, you can't beat the gorgeous juxtaposition of this sturdy leisure tote crafted from more luxe materials like suede and leather.

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From left: A.P.C. Weekend Bag, $230, available at A.P.C.; Urban Outfitters Jitney Canvas Weekender, $58, available at Urban Outfitters.


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From left: Jack Spade Grain Leather Eaton Duffle, $625, available at Blackbird; Deerfield Carry-on Bag, $48, available at Urban Outfitters.


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From left: Nom de Guerre Utility Bag, $388, available at Blackbird; Leonello Borghi for Barneys CO-OP Extreme Weekender Bag, $245, available at Barneys Co-Op.


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From left: Steven Alan Washed Travel Bag, $138, available at R29 Shops; Brooklyn Industries Canvas Leather Duffle Bag, $98, available at Brooklyn Industries.

24 bags for him to have and to hold.