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.

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 Solid internal organization. 

Solid internal organization. 

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack 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
The Knack Pack

The Knack Pack

The Knack Pack Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

The Knack Pack Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

The Knack Pack Hybrid casual/professional looks.

Hybrid casual/professional looks.

The Knack Pack Comes in two sizes. Larger frames, go for the large.

Comes in two sizes. Larger frames, go for the large.

Solid. 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
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

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack 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
Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Trakke Bannoch Backpack Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Trakke Bannoch Backpack 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
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).

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
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. Organized. Leather.

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. 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
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. 

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. 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Organic. Organized.

Baron Fig Backpack

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

Organized. Clean lines.

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
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
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. 

Clean. Techy.

Dayfarer Backpack

The Dayfarer backpack is one designer's take on the perfect bag for work and gym. 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
Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Slick look. Elon Musk-y.

Slick look. Elon Musk-y.

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

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

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options. 

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options. 

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 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. 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
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. 

Solid. Forever.

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 Intuitive organization.

Intuitive organization.

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik USA build, materials and details.

USA build, materials and details.

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

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

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik Now available in the upgraded “Synik” version. (Both are favorites.)

Now available in the upgraded “Synik” version. (Both are favorites.)

Dad Bag Epic™

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

One of the internet's most beloved backpacks due to its accessibility, organization, build quality and capacity. 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. 

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
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. 

Techy. Useful.

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
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