August 11, 2023
Best Overall: Tom Beckbe Leather Weekender Duffel Bag
Leatherstein says that when it comes to leather, people tend to fall into one of two camps. There are those who want their leather goods to be uniform and unchanging, and then there are those who “enjoy leather with natural characteristics and don’t mind the varying nature of the grain — the color changes and reactions of minimally finished leathers that age into dark or shinier shades, called a patina.” This bag’s full-grain leather, vegetable-tanned to accentuate the natural high and low notes of the material, is ideal for the latter group, who will appreciate how it ages over time. (Along with its high-quality leather comes high-quality brass hardware, which is heavy enough for a bag of this caliber.)
At $700, this bag is an investment, but it’s more affordable than many other options where the markup comes from the brand or the design and not the materials that determine its quality and durability.