Much as we look forward to it every Monday, the weekend comes around far too quickly and plans or not it’s always tempting to throw your essentials in a bag and head off on an impromptu getaway. First thing’s first however: making sure you have the right bag. With these five – and the ateliers behind them – you can’t go wrong, whether you’re jaunting off to the Cotswolds of heading to a steamy weekend in Paris.
1. LONB Le Voyage
Even if we’re not convinced by the name, one thing we’re certain of is Love Or Nothing Baby make some pretty spectacular bags of which the mid-sized Le Voyage is a prime example. Both the vintage shape and the Art Deco-inspired ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ canvas hark back to the 1920s and perfectly recaptures that roaring hedonism. A secret slip pocket means that you can get to your travel accessories without unzipping the whole bag letting you grab your passport in seconds which you’ll really appreciate at the boarding gate.
Price: £2,250; 59 South Audley Street, W1
2. Carl Friedrik C3-4 Holdall
Sometimes travel necessities are more about practicality than they are style. Carl Friedrik’s C3-4 Holdall isn’t ugly – in the navy blue especially it’s far from it – but as the technical name suggests it’s all about functionality. The large size is complimented by an extremely lightweight fabric construction, shaving off a few extra pounds of travel weight. It also has separate compartments for shoes or used clothing so that, if you’re heading on a multi-stop tour you can keep your fresh clothes pristine.
Price: £295; www.carlfriedrik.com
3. Made in Global San Telmo Rucksack
While it might not be strictly a travel bag, every guy should have a decent backpack and the San Telmo from Made in Global is more than just ‘decent’. The luxurious look and feel of the tan Italian full-grain leather sets it apart on sight and the silver hardware is a subtle touch of luxury to finish. It’s surprisingly spacious inside, enough to hold a day’s essentials if not a weekend’s and with a breathable nylon back panel is far more comfortable than most day bags.
Price: £395; madeinglobal.co
4. Tumi Lennox Duffel
Tumi are one of the go-to names for serious travel suitcases, the kind that no amount of airport mishandling can damage, so you might not expect them to get on a list of weekend travel bags. Even so, the Lennox duffel from the Ashton collection is perfect. It’s simple black colouring and contemporary construction make it as much a necessity for business travel as leisure and the coated canvas is supremely durable. The cobalt blue lining’s also eye-catching, even if you’re the only one to see it.
Price: £999; uk.tumi.com
5. Giovanni Beruccio Grosvenor Travel Bag
If you want to look like a mafioso on leave, Giovanni Beruccio is the name for you. The London-based artisan combines British craftsmanship with old-school Italian style for a characterful take on travel. The Grosvenor is as traditionally luxurious as the name implies and the natural patina of the leather looks great in the chocolate brown. The smaller details are what really makes it stand out, from the red base and house crest to the contrasting stitching and included monogramming. It’s not subtle, but who cares? The weekend is for letting loose.
Price: £3,100; www.beruccio.com