In the months (years? How long have we been doing this?) we’ve been bringing you Man Bag Monday, we’ve looked at tons and tons of solid-color leather holdalls. They’re masculine, they’re functional, they form a great foundation to a man’s bag wardrobe. Take ’em to the gym, take ’em on a road trip, use ’em as a carry-on for a flight. Every brand makes its own version of the men’s holdall at this point, but the Valextra Leather Holdall might be the most luxurious of all the traditional leather options we’ve explored.
Valextra has built an enormous reputation off of a few simple principles: Keep things simple, use the best materials available, make beautiful leather goods. That’s the kind of brand I can get behind, particularly when it comes to men’s leather goods. This bag is nearly archetypal.
Sometimes it can be difficult to convince a man that a bag is worth the prices we’re used to paying for them, but when it comes to a piece like this, I find that almost anyone can look at it and understand how refined and well-made it is. There’s no trickery or gimmickry to hide behind in this design; if the leather and construction weren’t the best, customers would know it immediately. But they are the best, which is why Valextra is so successful. Buy through Mr. Porter for $3,580.