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The Best Leather Bags for Men: A Shopping Guide for Any Occasion

BY Buffalo Jackson Insight
BY Amanda Uher

Finding the best leather bags for men can be a fun challenge if you know what to look for. And we’re all about a fun challenge. So, here are the 5 main things to consider in your search:

1. Leather Quality

Leather quality matters. And the best leather bags for men (and women!) are made of full grain leather. Period. Full grain leather is the highest grade leather that money can buy. It’s more expensive for manufacturers to purchase and more difficult for them to work with—and yes, this is reflected in the cost to you. But you get what you pay for, and in this case, you’re getting a lot. Interested in learning more about the differences between full grain leather vs. top grain leather? Read our blog to evaluate the differences in quality, cost, appearance, and upkeep. 

First, full grain leather comes from the top layer of the hide and includes all of the natural grain (hence, “full grain”). The natural surface of full grain leather bags tells a story. Its unique texture reveals natural imperfections, marks, and even light brands on the surface. The natural grain also contains the strongest fibers in the hide, making it extremely durable. As full grain leather ages, rather than wearing out, it burnishes and beautifies, developing the sought-after patina and unique character associated with the best leather bags.

2. Durability

Without a doubt, quality craftsmanship, materials, and leather care add to the longevity ofleather bags for men. For example, full grain leather is extremely sturdy and its natural grain has the strongest fibers in hide. Additionally, it’s very breathable which helps wick away moisture, preserving the bag over time. Be sure you know how to spot fake leather to avoid investing in a piece that doesn’t have a long shelf life. Lastly, use leather care products like conditioners and cleaners to maintain your leather’s lustre.

3. Hardware

Hardware includes zippers, snaps, buckles, clasps, rivets, embellishments, and any other non-fabric element of the bag. Just like high quality leather, the best leather bags for men include durable hardware. We can keep this one simple as well: look for metal hardware. (Does plastic hardware even count as hardware?) If you see brass, nickel, or iron in the description, you’re on the right track. Consider these full grain bison leather bags that feature antique nickel hardware, or these vintage leather bags featuring brass and iron.

4. Handles and/or Strap

Consider the intended function of the bag and how he’ll likely carry it. Then, be sure the bag’s handles and/or strap is up to the task. Will he carry the bag across his body like a messenger bag? Or does he prefer the traditional briefcase carry? A strap ought to be padded and adjustable to accommodate cross-body or over-the-shoulder wear. Handles ought to feel comfortable in the hand and be positioned for a quick grab-and-go. One of our top picks for the best leather bags for men, this leather briefcase bag is the perfect combination of carry handles and a shoulder strap.

5. Color

Okay, let’s talk color. “Leather” bags can be found in any color of the rainbow. But we can easily narrow down the color question for you: the best leather bags for men celebrate the natural beauty of leather. You can find extremely well-made leather bags in shades ranging from light tan to dark oak. Consider this leather attaché in a warm medium brown, or this leather laptop messenger bag in a deep earthy brown. Above all, when it comes to the best leather bag colors, remember that high quality (full grain!) leather will change over time as it develops that beautiful character and patina you want.

6. Interior

Even with all the attention demanded by the exterior of the bag, the best leather bags for men will give just as much attention to the interior. Is the interior lined? If so, with what? (The herringbone patterned lining in these premium leather bags is top notch.) However, since you’re presumably starting with a bag crafted of full-grain leather, interior lining is a perk, but certainly not required. For example, these vintage leather bags make the list of best leather bags, even without fabric or suede lining inside. The exposed underside of the leather offers its own unique interior surface.

Beyond lining (or not), the best leather bags for men have pockets for organizing and padded laptop sleeves to boot.

Bottom line: start with the right materials, then add thoughtful design and detailed craftsmanship, and you’ll find the best leather bags for men. The bonus? They get even better with time.

So Which Leather Bag is Right for You? 

Finding the bestleather bags can be a fun challenge if you know what to look for. First things first, what kind of man are you shopping for? Outdoorsy and rugged? Clean cut and office-ready? Whether you’re shopping for yourself, dad, brother, or friend, our collections have picks that are stylish and useful for all occasions. Bottom line: it’s hard to go wrong. Whatever you choose, if it’s crafted of quality leather, it’s going to be a winner. 

Leather Bags for the Traveling Man

Business travel isn’t always fun, but we can help make it a little more bearable. Ourleather bagscome in a variety of designs, especially for your traveling men. Whether carried on your shoulder or stored under the seat in front of you, the Walker Collection Pilot Bag is durable enough to handle the stress of today’s travel while allowing you to arrive at your destination in unmistakable style.

Leather Bags for the Office Guy

Walk into the boardroom with confidence when you carry a sleek, professional leather briefcase or leather messenger bag. If you’re looking for a slim option to hold important documents and papers, opt for the simple Jefferson Leather Attache. Or, if you need a bit more space to carry your work essentials, discover the robust Walker Leather Messenger Bag—equipped to carry everything with thick, durable stitching and an adjustable canvas strap.

Leather Bags for the Camper

Whether you’re the type to pack the bare necessities, or you’re an over-packer with a boy scout mentality, be sure to explore our suite of leather backpacks, travel bags, and totes. Going on an hours-long hike? Choose a piece like the Denver Leather Backpack so your must-haves are safely on your back and out of the way. Or, if you just need something to keep at the tent or cabin, grab a sturdy and spacious Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Duffle Bag with plenty of pockets for incidentals.

What Makes Our Men's Leather Bags Last a Lifetime? 

When you think of handing down your old leather duffel bag to your children or a loved one, what makes it inheritable? Buffalo Jackson’s quality craftsmanship, raw materials, and signature designs create heirloom-worthy pieces that you’ll be proud to pass on. These pieces are designed to stand the test of time, becoming a permanent part of your home, life, and story. 


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