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9 Mar

The Holdall Bag: Men’s Fashion Basics


The Holdall is one of the modern man’s treasured accessories. It’s a practical and classical piece that should hold all that a man needs in a weekend getaway trip. Not surprisingly then, the holdall bag is also known as the weekend bag. A holdall bag should easily hold all your gadgets, a change of clothes and a pair of shoes.

The holdall bag should be roomy but not heavy, durable yet won’t be confused with a Samsonite, and most importantly, your holdall should be versatile and timeless. You want a bag that lets you travel seamlessly between work to play, complement your weekend attire and simultaneously be suitable for the office.

Here, we’ve chosen five different holdall bags that make the cut.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

Made from organic cotton, this navy canvas holdallbag from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is a  sleek and contemporary holdall with a retro design. You can wear it holding the bold red leather handles or use the detachable shoulder strap.

It measures 24″x 13″ x10″ meaning it’s big enough for overnight stays and will fit in your iPad and a book or two. There are enough internal pockets to keep your phone and other gadgets safe and sound too. The WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is available here.

Mulberry Henry Textured Nylon Bag

Usually we can’t justify forking out £316.67 (AUD 440) for a holdall bag made from nylon, but if anything can convince us, it’s this item from Mulberry. The gold zips and leather trips make this bag an understated piece of art and the textured exterior gives it a masculine finishing.

This is a lightweight, smaller holdall bag measures 20″ x13″ x 8″, so this is more for the light travellers. Great as a stylish gym bag. Pluses go to the plentiful compartments and detachable shoulder strap. The Mulberry Henry Textured Nylon Bag is available here.


BRIC’s Safari 22″ Duffel

As the name suggests, this bag the outdoor man’s choice. It’s elegantly designed with a suede and leather exterior that’s completed with a croc-stamped texture. The picture may make it look a bit boxy, but it’s in fact quite soft and easy to carry.

A great addition of Summer travels. Measures 10″ x 22″ x 10″ and is made in Italy. For those unfamiliar with BRIC’s, they are an Italian brand that has a cult following in the luggage  and travel industry. BRIC’s Safari 22″ Duffe is available here.


Felisi Rolling Duffel

This bag from Felisi has a unique design with leather top handles, trim and a detachable pull along handle. Made from canvas, this top zipping holdall bag can be held with the handles or with its detachable shoulder strap. A nice finishing touch is the leatherbound lock (key included). You can buy the Felisi Rolling Duffel here.

Balenciaga Leather Holdall Bag

We save the best for last. This black crinkled leather holdall bag from Balenciaga is destined to be a modern classic. The soft leather gives a luxurious touch and makes for easy carrying, on the other hand, this is strangely juxtaposed with the metallic studs, giving the bag a unique gender-defying look. (Eagle eye readers will notice its resemblance to the Balenciaga City).  There’s an external pocket as well two internal compartments. You can buy the Balenciaga Leather Holdall Bag here.


Arthur Chan

Arthur is the founder and editor Hommestyler. Men's style and fashion is constantly evolving and this site is a way to help keep you on top of the latest menswear trends.

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