Business Class

Stay clean yet casual with these business friendly bag and backpack designs.

How to make your decision

1

PRICE EXPECTATIONS

Expect to pay $100-300+ for thoughtful makers + legit materials.

2

LOOK & FEEL

Click on the bags you like below to watch the video and get an informed look.

3

KEEP NOTES

Keep a list of what bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.

Clean, minimal styling (black + olive) Clean, minimal styling (black + olive)

Clean, minimal styling (black + olive)

Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame

Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame

Clamshell, dual compartment  Clamshell, dual compartment

Clamshell, dual compartment

Laptop suspended in middle of bag Laptop suspended in middle of bag

Laptop suspended in middle of bag

Luggage passthrough + stowable straps Luggage passthrough + stowable straps

Luggage passthrough + stowable straps

Low key looks, nicely organized  Low key looks, nicely organized

Low key looks, nicely organized

Modern Classic

Pakt Travel Backpack

After the success of their killer duffel bag, Pakt partnered with Chase Reeves to design a modern travel backpack for both pro travelers and weekend warriors alike. Lots of external access, solid aesthetics, perfect carry-on size, organized without overcomplicating things. view bag

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize. Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Slimline. Great feeling materials. Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it. Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Hemmingway.

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

This bag from Filson is easily one of my favorite briefcase-type bags due to it's excellent materials, organization, and classic aesthetic. view bag

Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket. Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic. Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Sleek. Organized.

Aer Flight Pack 2

The second version of this bag is a welcome update, creating a much more stylish looking bag with plenty of organization for daily carry. view bag

Low-key, playful aesthetic. Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Two of my favorite external access pockets.  Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.  Decent capacity. Slim profile.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.

External laptop compartment. External laptop compartment.

External laptop compartment.

Slimline. Classic.

Topo Global Briefcase

The Global Briefcase from Topo converts from backpack to briefcase with enough external access and style to be one of my personal favorite daily carry bags. view bag

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors. Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity. Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them). Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Indiana Jones Tech

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

The Bolt Backpack from Waterfield Designs is a damn classy bag. If I was playing the "raise money" game in the bay area, this is the direction I would go. view bag

Bellroy Classic Backpack

Clean. Friendly. Premium.

Bellroy Classic Backpack

A perfectly sized bag for tight daily carry packed up in a very modern, functional package. Now available in premium materials. view bag

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer. Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Now available in a zip version as well! Now available in a zip version as well!

Now available in a zip version as well!

"Side panel" design gets you in the bag from either side.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options. Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em. Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Tech looks. Epic innovation.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Design is delightfully innovative and thoughtfully conceived. These designers are straight-up wizards. view bag

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization. So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too. Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Casual. Exceptional.

Bellroy Shift Backpack

A modern and elegant take on the classic, expandable roll-top bag. Excellent materials, lots of expandable capacity, lovely to use on the regular. view bag

Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve. Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve.

Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve.

Stylish, modern look (with great organization). Stylish, modern look (with great organization).

Stylish, modern look (with great organization).

Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work. Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work.

Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work.

Classic. Satisfying.

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

The Classic Backpack Plus from Bellroy has a clean aesthetic, lots of organization and some excellent build and materials... well suited to be your everyday carry for work. view bag

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag. A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more. Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer. Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Playful. Serious.

Bellroy Duotote Backpack

The Duotote from Bellroy is a killer daily carry bag for those of us who value style and organization in a tight, sleek package. view bag

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

Delicious. Rich. Techy.

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

The Atlas Executive Holdall from Waterfield is an excellent large-ish capacity shoulder bag designed to help you shift seamlessly from tech gear to gym gear. view bag

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion is a product design studio in Zurich Switzerland who makes very stylish bags for the "hipper" areas of town without sacrificing functionality. view bag

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger "Tech Pack" has some more space too.)

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials. Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller "Day Pack", the larger is called the "Tech Pack."

Slick + Organized

Aer Work Day Pack

The Day Pack from Aer's Work Collection was instantly one of my favorite simple daily carry bags because it's minimal frame but high-functioning insides. view bag

Qwstion Small Pack

Qwstion Small Pack

An utterly functional daypack in a tight little package with some modern metro styling. view bag

Lovely, durable and stylish materials. Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Well designed pockets for modern life. Well designed pockets for modern life.

Well designed pockets for modern life.

William Wallace Commuter

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Classy heritage vibes. Dry finished waxed canvas. Solid modern organization. Hand shucked in Scotland. Made for the long-haul. view bag

Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather. Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather.

Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather.

Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors) Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors)

Back panel is very comfortable. (Also, comes in different colors)

Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry). Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry).

Totally customizable and removable inner organization. Can all be removed and makes a great daily carry bag (or leave some in and customize for how you carry).

Hidden tripod holster and rain fly. Hidden tripod holster and rain fly.

Hidden tripod holster and rain fly.

Expensive. Literally excellent.

Cecilia Mercator Camera Backpack

The Mercator from Cecilia is an absolutely gorgeous, hand crafted backpack with loads of organization, customizable photo and tech storage and great external access. view bag

Solid Materials. Clean looks.  Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps. Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Solid organization panel. Solid organization panel.

Solid organization panel.

25L capacity. 25L capacity.

25L capacity.

Chunky. Comfortable. Organized.

Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack

The Setout Laptop Backpack from Tortuga is well organized solidly built for daily carry and minimal travel. view bag

Simple, clean aesthetic. Simple, clean aesthetic.

Simple, clean aesthetic.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more. Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel. Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers. Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Organized & Classy

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

A very innovative backpack for either large daily carry or serious travelers who need one bag for both travel and daily carry. A great bag for medium size 1-bag travel category. view bag

"Classy-casual" vibes. Heritage materials.

Solid internal organization. Solid internal organization.

Solid internal organization.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes. Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Grown Up. Organized.

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

A thoughtfully designed backpack for modern career professionals who want a classy-casual aesthetic, rugged materials and solid organization. view bag

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

Understated. Organized. Stylish.

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

The Simple Office bag from Qwstion is an excellent convertible briefcase/backpack with organization and aesthetics that fit many modern city folks. view bag

Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful. Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful.

Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful.

Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person. Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person.

Made with just beautiful materials. Very classy bag in person.

Camera insert accessory available. Camera insert accessory available.

Camera insert accessory available.

Old World. Classy.

Trakke Bannoch Messenger Bag

A gorgeous messenger bag with a kind of modern urban-alpine aesthetic and absolutely lovely, dense, long-haul materials. view bag

Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF. Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF.

Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF.

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel. Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry. And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

Laid Back Expert.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

The little brother to the Tortuga Setout, the Setout Divide from Tortuga is a full-featured bag for the style-casual modern minimal traveler. view bag

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

Executive Sweet.

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

The Pro Executive Backpack from Waterfield Designs is an exceedingly great bag for any of you business-y type people out there. Whoooo doggie. view bag

The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers. The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers.

The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers.

You'll find tons of beautiful design details throughout the bag. You'll find tons of beautiful design details throughout the bag.

You'll find tons of beautiful design details throughout the bag.

One of the only messenger bags to enable such a wide variety of custom carry options. One of the only messenger bags to enable such a wide variety of custom carry options.

One of the only messenger bags to enable such a wide variety of custom carry options.

Techy. Tactical. Protected.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

The Everyday Messenger from Peak Design is a delightfully innovative messenger, with the capabilities to be used as both serious office bag and adventure photography/drone bag. view bag

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

40 Year Simplicity

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

Such a gorgeous piece of kit. Very few bags will patina with you over the years like a leather bag. Very few leather bags are this kind of modern casual. view bag

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.) Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials. Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.) Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Elegant. Playful.

Qwstion Daypack

The Daypack from Qwstion has serious design chops. It's simple and elegant with thoughtful organization for modern business folks who need backpack/briefcase conversion. It even works to wear with a suit! view bag

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization. Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand. Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Organic. Elegant.

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

The Day Tote from Qwstion is a remarkably designed bag that's surprisingly awesome to use. view bag

Straps hide away for tote-mode. Straps hide away for tote-mode.

Straps hide away for tote-mode.

20L capacity, lots of internal organization 20L capacity, lots of internal organization

20L capacity, lots of internal organization

2 quick access pockets. Nice details. 2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

Casual Playful Pro

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

A great option for slimline casual-professional daily carry. Great materials. Solid organization. 20L. view bag

Excellent materials on this bag. Excellent materials on this bag.

Excellent materials on this bag.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable. 28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment. Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Top quick-access pocket. Top quick-access pocket.

Top quick-access pocket.

Front vertical pocket. Front vertical pocket.

Front vertical pocket.

Calming Capabilities

Bellroy Transit Backpack

The 28L Transit Backpack from Bellroy is nicely sized and well organized for big commutes, business travel and regular ol' adventure travel. It's such an innovative design. view bag

Uber well built. Uber well built.

Uber well built.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger. Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Expandable from 20-30L.  Expandable from 20-30L.

Expandable from 20-30L.

Easy-ish front access pocket. Easy-ish front access pocket.

Easy-ish front access pocket.

Tech organization throughout.  Tech organization throughout.

Tech organization throughout.

Killer details. Killer details.

Killer details.

Epic Expandable.

Black Ember Forge

The Forge from Black Ember is a convertible backpack-briefcase-messenger with expandability from 20-30L. view bag

Clean and simple looks.  Clean and simple looks.

Clean and simple looks.

Slimline profile. Slimline profile.

Slimline profile.

Solid organization. Minimal size.  Solid organization. Minimal size.

Solid organization. Minimal size.

Doable 'briefcase mode.'  Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.  Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Lil' Tech Star

Aer Slim Pack

The Slim Pack from Aer is a sleek, all matte black compact daily carry bag with simple, but solid organization and excellent durability. view bag

Epic build quality.  Epic build quality.

Epic build quality.

Luxurious materials.  Luxurious materials.

Luxurious materials.

Everyday Excellence

Bellroy Apex Backpack

Killer bag, high price tag, but killer. Unpretentious aesthetics. Access and organization. Excellent, innovative materials. Modern classic design. view bag

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able. Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Lots of organization and details. Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

Expands for travel. Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.  Comfortable straps and back panel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.

Top quick access pocket. Top quick access pocket.

Top quick access pocket.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve. Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Bottom-front pocket.  Bottom-front pocket.

Bottom-front pocket.

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.) Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Organization in the main compartment. Organization in the main compartment.

Organization in the main compartment.

Expandable compartment. Expandable compartment.

Expandable compartment.

Solid. Suit-able. Will travel.

The Knack Pack

A surprisingly solid backpack for both daily carry and travel. Organization, professional looks and an expand/collapse feature for travel conversion. view bag

Sleek looks. Sleek looks.

Sleek looks.

Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets. Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets.

Solid tech organization with both internal and external access to pockets.

Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers. Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers.

Dedicated shoe compartment keeps your gym stuff separate from your business papers.

Clean. Techy.

Dayfarer Backpack

The Dayfarer backpack is one designer's take on the perfect bag for work and gym. view bag

Waterfield Staad Backpack

Smooth Operator.

Waterfield Staad Backpack

The Staad Backpack from Waterfield almost looks like a piece of art. It's beautifully designed (and functional as a mthrfkr!). view bag

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials. Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.  Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

A few great external pockets. A few great external pockets.

A few great external pockets.

16

16" laptop compartment.

Available in 2 sizes. Available in 2 sizes.

Available in 2 sizes.

Heritage Vibes.

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack

The Tech Rolltop from Waterfield is soft and dense and lovely to feel due to the waxed canvas. Boasts some solid external access as well. view bag