Business Backpacks

How you carry affects how you bring yourself to your work.
ISM Classic Backpack
We do our best work when we’re relaxed, present, comfortable in our own skin.

My advice: No one works well in a bag that doesn’t work for their style of life. 

Imagine how different your work will feel when your life is organized and collected.

Some of us need lots of organization built into our bags. Others need simplification. 

Mission Workshop Rhake
Aer Flight Pack
Below we’ve collected the best bags for getting to and from work.

Let’s find something that works the way you do.

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.

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Keep Notes

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

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack Expandable and collapsible so you can use one bag for travel and daily carry. 

Expandable and collapsible so you can use one bag for travel and daily carry. 

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack Lots of organization on this bag. They did a great job with the details.

Lots of organization on this bag. They did a great job with the details.

The 'does it all'

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

The Knack Pack from Knack is a surprisingly great backpack for both daily carry and travel... it expands and collapses and has a solid look for professionals out there. view bag
Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack “Classy-casual” vibes. Heritage materials.

“Classy-casual” vibes. Heritage materials.

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack Tons of internal organization. 

Tons of internal organization. 

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking. 

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking. 

Grown Up. Comfortable.

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

The Modern Day Briefcase from Breton is a very thoughtfully designed backpack for modern career professionals who want a kind of classy-casual aesthetic, rugged materials and excellent organization. view bag
Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack Straps hide away for tote-mode

Straps hide away for tote-mode

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack 20L capacity, lots of internal organization

20L capacity, lots of internal organization

Casual Playful Pro

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

The Tokyo Totepack from Bellroy is a great option for a casual-professional daily carry bag for any of us metro riders and career builders. view bag
Waterfield Bolt Backpack

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

Waterfield Bolt Backpack Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors. 

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

Waterfield Bolt Backpack Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity. 

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity. 

Waterfield Bolt Backpack 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).

Life-long companion

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
Qwstion Daypack

Qwstion Daypack

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

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

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

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

Qwstion Daypack 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
Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase 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. 

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase Indiana Jones/Hemingway aesthetics. Hands literally love the feeling of these materials. 

Indiana Jones/Hemingway aesthetics. Hands literally love the feeling of these materials. 

Masculine Elegance

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
The Classic Backpack from ISM

The Classic Backpack from ISM

The Classic Backpack from ISM Clean, slick lines and elegant materials.

Clean, slick lines and elegant materials.

The Classic Backpack from ISM Laptop and minimal tech organization.

Laptop and minimal tech organization.

The Classic Backpack from ISM Cable passthrough for quick charging on the go. 

Cable passthrough for quick charging on the go. 

The Classic Backpack from ISM Minimal organization might be just enough for you. (Maybe add some pouches.)

Minimal organization might be just enough for you. (Maybe add some pouches.)

Clean + chic

The Classic Backpack from ISM

A very sophisticated and classy take on the classic backpack, but with modern improvements for us tech-workers. view bag
Boundary Supply Errant Backpack

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack Pretty killer looks, given all it’s lovely techy features. 

Pretty killer looks, given all it’s lovely techy features. 

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag. 

Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag. 

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag. 

Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag. 

Exceptional tech daily driver

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack

An extremely versatile and feature rich bag that doesn't look half bad, the Errant has lots of organization in an innovative pack for everyday use. One of my favorites. view bag
Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack A very unique look for a bag. Kind of urban utilitarianism. 

A very unique look for a bag. Kind of urban utilitarianism. 

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack Amazing amount of external access and organization on this guy. Like a hipper version of the Tom Bihn Synapse 25. 

Amazing amount of external access and organization on this guy. Like a hipper version of the Tom Bihn Synapse 25. 

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack The whole thing is water resistant and built with excellent materials. 

The whole thing is water resistant and built with excellent materials. 

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack Very comfortable back panel and straps, regardless of how much you pack it full. 

Very comfortable back panel and straps, regardless of how much you pack it full. 

Epic Organization. Built for life.

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

At first glance it looked weird. Then I used it for a couple days. Good god does this bag do it all well. Seriously, so much organization, so well built. view bag
Aer Flight Pack 2

Aer Flight Pack 2

Aer Flight Pack 2 Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic. 

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

Aer Flight Pack 2 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. 

Slimline. 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
Bellroy Shift Backpack

Bellroy Shift Backpack

Bellroy Shift Backpack So much space in this sucker. Very comfortable to carry too. 

So much space in this sucker. Very comfortable to carry too. 

Bellroy Shift Backpack Very clean, simple look but it enables so much capacity for daily carry use. 

Very clean, simple look but it enables so much capacity for daily carry use. 

Low key excellence

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
Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Pretty slick look (especially in black). A little bit Elon Musk-y rocket-pack. 

Pretty slick look (especially in black). A little bit Elon Musk-y rocket-pack. 

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Innovative “side panel” design gets you in the bag from either side. 

Innovative “side panel” design gets you in the bag from either side. 

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Inner separators are removable and customizable. Very interesting layout options here. 

Inner separators are removable and customizable. Very interesting layout options here. 

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Some people complain about the straps being too stiff. I, personally, don’t mind it because this pack stands alone in features and quality. 

Some people complain about the straps being too stiff. I, personally, don’t mind it because this pack stands alone in features and quality. 

Tech looks. Epic innovation.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Design is delightfully innovative and thoughtfully conceived. It's definitely a design for the centuries. view bag
Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers. 

The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers. 

Peak Design Everyday Messenger You’ll find tons of beautiful design details throughout the bag. 

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

Peak Design Everyday Messenger 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. 

Tech Protection

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
Nomatic Messenger Bag

Nomatic Messenger Bag

Nomatic Messenger Bag Innovative design allows for tons of organization in this 15L messenger. 

Innovative design allows for tons of organization in this 15L messenger. 

Nomatic Messenger Bag Removable inner panels means you’ll customize the bag for how you carry. 

Removable inner panels means you’ll customize the bag for how you carry. 

Nomatic Messenger Bag All black boxy design. 

All black boxy design. 

Tech Protection

Nomatic Messenger Bag

The Messenger Bag from Nomatic is chock-full of organization and tech-lifestyle features for the modern commuter. view bag
Aer Work Day Pack

Aer Work Day Pack

Aer Work Day Pack This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller “Day Pack”, the larger is called the “Tech Pack.” 

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

Aer Work Day Pack Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials. 

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials. 

Aer Work Day Pack Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger “Tech Pack” has some more space too.)

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

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 Day Tote Backpack

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. 

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. 

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization. 

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

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack 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. 

Self aware. Stylish.

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

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

Bellroy Duotote Backpack

Bellroy Duotote Backpack A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil’ work bag. 

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

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

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

Bellroy Duotote Backpack Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer. 

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer. 

Compact. Smart.

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
Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack A very slimline pack with a nice feeling cotton all over the bag. Notice the simple, thin straps. 

A very slimline pack with a nice feeling cotton all over the bag. Notice the simple, thin straps. 

Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag. view bag
DSPTCH Daypack

DSPTCH Daypack

DSPTCH Daypack Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic. 

Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic. 

DSPTCH Daypack One of my favorite strap and back panel designs. Comfortable and breathable. 

One of my favorite strap and back panel designs. Comfortable and breathable. 

DSPTCH Daypack Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape. 

Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape. 

DSPTCH Daypack

The Daypack from DSPTCH is an American made favorite daily carry bag for many serious bag geeks. view bag
Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Tons of pockets you can view on the outside of the bag. External access on this thing is excellent. 

Tons of pockets you can view on the outside of the bag. External access on this thing is excellent. 

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Excellent build and materials. Tom Bihn sweat the details in the best way. 

Excellent build and materials. Tom Bihn sweat the details in the best way. 

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Solid dad bag vibes… one of the most functional daily packs in the world. 

Solid dad bag vibes… one of the most functional daily packs in the world. 

The Wiz Kid

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

One of the highest rated daily backpacks in the world due to it's accessibility, organization, comfort and capacity. Stick to it for some time and you'll see what we mean. Dad-bag looks tho. view bag
Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Ok, these bags from Nomatic are chock full of pockets. There are 2 different bags: the Travel Pack expands up to about 30L, perfect for short trips and minimal travel. The Backpack is 20-24L daily carry. Both are very sleek and, like I said, so many pocketzzz! view bag
Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack One of my favorite every day carry bags. Perfect size for many of us. Great aesthetic. 

One of my favorite every day carry bags. Perfect size for many of us. Great aesthetic. 

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack Simple organization, all oriented towards one side of the bag for easy access. 

Simple organization, all oriented towards one side of the bag for easy access. 

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack

A very clean, minimal, stylish and extremely lovely to use daily carry bag from one of our favorite new bag companies. view bag
Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Trakke Bannoch Backpack Made with some of the loveliest, most durable, most stylish materials in the world. 

Made with some of the loveliest, most durable, most stylish materials in the world. 

Trakke Bannoch Backpack I love the way Trakke designs classic products with classic looks, but with plenty of pockets for modern life. 

I love the way Trakke designs classic products with classic looks, but with plenty of pockets for modern life. 

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

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

Dayfarer Backpack

Dayfarer Backpack Sleek looks. Very clean, black on black, fits with lots of clothing styles. 

Sleek looks. Very clean, black on black, fits with lots of clothing styles. 

Dayfarer Backpack Opens clamshell… easy to load and unload, see what’s inside, or access the bag just from the top.

Opens clamshell… easy to load and unload, see what’s inside, or access the bag just from the top.

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

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

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

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

Dayfarer Backpack

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

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus Stylish and classic aesthetics (with so much modern organization). 

Stylish and classic aesthetics (with so much modern organization). 

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Includes an internal water bottle sleeve. 

Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Includes an internal water bottle sleeve. 

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do real good work. 

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

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
Aer Fit Pack 2

Aer Fit Pack 2

Aer Fit Pack 2 Simple, clean, techy aesthetics. 

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics. 

Aer Fit Pack 2 Lots of organization for modern life. 

Lots of organization for modern life. 

Aer Fit Pack 2 Large outer pocket with vertical zipper. 

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper. 

Aer Fit Pack 2 Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict. 

Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict. 

Aer Fit Pack 2

This is what I call the "badass bargain option." Everything you need in a daily carry, organized innovatively so it stays fun to use, and it's super affordable. view bag
Topo Mountain Briefcase

Topo Mountain Briefcase

Topo Mountain Briefcase Such a lovely, low-key but playful aesthetic to this bag. 

Such a lovely, low-key but playful aesthetic to this bag. 

Topo Mountain Briefcase Choose between shoulder straps or briefcase mode. 

Choose between shoulder straps or briefcase mode. 

Topo Mountain Briefcase Minimal organization built into the slim-profiled bag. 

Minimal organization built into the slim-profiled bag. 

Slimline. Classic.

Topo Mountain Briefcase

The Mountain Briefcase from Topo has been one of my favorite personal daily carry bags due to it's look and feel as well as the perfect size for my style of daily carry. view bag
Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

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