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.

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Price Expectations

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

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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.

"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
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
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
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
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
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
Clean, slick lines and elegant materials. Clean, slick lines and elegant materials.

Clean, slick lines and elegant materials.

Laptop and minimal tech organization. Laptop and minimal tech organization.

Laptop and minimal tech organization.

Cable passthrough for quick charging on the go. Cable passthrough for quick charging on the go.

Cable passthrough for quick charging on the go.

Minimal organization might be just enough for you. (Maybe add some <a href=pouches.) 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. Sleek.

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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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
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
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
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
Lots of lovely organization. Lots of lovely organization.

Lots of lovely organization.

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.

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

Organic. Organized.

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag. view bag
Like a rocket pack for tech people. Like a rocket pack for tech people.

Like a rocket pack for tech people.

Nice soft back panel. Nice soft back panel.

Nice soft back panel.

The Travel Pack expands capacity. The Travel Pack expands capacity.

The Travel Pack expands capacity.

Organized. Sturdy

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

These Nomatic bags are chock full of pockets. There are 2 different bags here: the Travel Pack expands up to about 30L, perfect for short trips and minimal travel. The Backpack is 20-24L daily carry. Both are sleek, totally organized, and rocking the "jetpack" look. view bag
Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features. Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features.

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

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel <em><noscript><img class=

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

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

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

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.

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
Sleek looks. Sleek looks.

Sleek looks.

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.

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

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
Unique, burly,

Unique, burly, "urban utilitarianism" kind of look.

Tons of external access and organization. Tons of external access and organization.

Tons of external access and organization.

Extremely water resistant. Built <em><noscript><img class=

Extremely water resistant. Built real well.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket. Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Burly. Organized.

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
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
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.

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

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

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.

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

All black boxy design. 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
Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic. Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic.

Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic.

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

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

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

Simple insides. Nice tall, narrow inner cavity shape.

Solid. Forever.

DSPTCH Daypack

The Daypack from DSPTCH is an American made favorite daily carry bag for many serious bag geeks. view bag
Now available in the upgraded

Now available in the upgraded "Synik" version. (Watch the vid.)

Intuitive organization. Intuitive organization.

Intuitive organization.

USA build, materials and details. USA build, materials and details.

USA build, materials and details.

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Dad Bag Epic™

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

One of the internet's most beloved backpacks due to its accessibility, organization, build quality and capacity. Dad-bag looks tho. 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
Simple, clean, techy aesthetics. Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Lots of organization for modern life. Lots of organization for modern life.

Lots of organization for modern life.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper. Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

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.

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

Techy. Useful.

Aer Fit Pack 2

Solid minimal tech organization, spacious front "duffel" pocket, tight little package, durable build and materials... the Fit Pack 2 from Aer is a solid everyday carry backpack. 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
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