The quest for the perfect work bag can be a long and arduous one. There are many considerations to be made when choosing the right bag to get you through the work week– comfort, tech protection, strong straps, and enough pockets for the constantly growing list of things you insist on carrying with you, ‘just-in-case.’ Fortunately, we here at Milligram have done the research so you don’t have to. Here’s our pick of the top 10 bags for work!

Top 10 bags for work

1. Crumpler – Dry Red
Melbourne-based bag company Crumpler was founded in the mid-90’s by a team of ex-bike couriers with a vision of practical, comfortable and stylish messenger bags in mind. They were so successful they now make a much wider – yet still fantastic – range of hard wearing bags. We love the popular Dry Red No. 5  a versatile, sturdy 20L backpack that features six separate storage compartments, a mini-office in the front pocket for pens, phone and other bits and pieces, a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, and air mesh padding to keep perspiration at bay– because back-sweat is never a good look. This one is rated highly by their customers – and ours – as a great bag for work.

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Crumpler Dry Red No. 5 – $224.95

2. Crumpler – Ellis Handbag from the Bell Collection
If you travel light to work, then Crumpler’s small Ellis is the bag for you. This baby has leather handles, a padded sleeve for your tablet, individual pockets for phones and cards, and an external zip pocket. Frequent flyers rave about the strap that attaches the bag to your luggage; we love the fun, polka-dot lining!

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Crumpler Bell Collection ‘Ellis Handbag’ – $224.95

Crumpler also make a range of handy pencil cases to help you stay organised – check out our review of the Preserved Lemon pencil case.

And, every Crumpler bag has a lifetime warranty–how brilliant is that? Shop Crumpler bags for work at Milligram. 

3. Herschel – Little America
Hailing from Canada, Herschel Supply Co. is an accessories brand that perfectly balances functionality with aesthetics. A little bit nostalgic and incredibly comfortable, Herschel’s bags have serious street-cred. We rate the 23.5L Little America for those days when you need to carry lunch, laptop, gym clothes, paperwork…and maybe even the kitchen sink! There’s a key-clip, 15-inch laptop sleeve, a drawstring closure under the flap to keep your belongings extra safe, and the padded shoulder straps mean you can wear this for hours. If you’re a weekend adventurer, the Little America makes a great day-pack for exploring, too!

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Herschel Little America in Grey – currently on sale $125.96

4. Herschel – Pop Quiz
Herschel’s 20L Pop Quiz is our pick for an everyday, all-purpose backpack. It has a cushioned sleeve for a 15-inch laptop and a fleece-lined pocket for your sunnies– the red (pictured below) will brighten up the most boring monochrome office wardrobe, and it also comes in an array of other colours and prints too.

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Herschel Pop Quiz in Red $119.95

Shop Herschel Supply Co. bags for work at Milligram

5. Moleskine – myCloud Reporter Bag

Moleskine is a name synonymous with style. They’re Italian, after all!

You’ve probably owned a Moleskine notebook (or twenty) in your lifetime, but you may not have laid eyes on their stylish collection of bags. The lightweight myCloud Reporter Bag (below in moss green) is a fashionable yet practical option, with designated pockets for tablets and Moleskine notebooks, a water-repellant outer, adjustable shoulder strap, and metal snap hooks and eyelets for keys, bottle openers and other gadgets. Vespa: optional.

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Moleskine myCloud Reporter Bag in Moss Green $179.95

6. Moleskine – Classic Messenger Bag 

If you’re after something to take you seamlessly from work to dinner, then have a peek at the Moleskine Classic Messenger Bag. This lush satchel is minimalist, water-repellent and closes in three different positions depending on how much (or how little) you want to carry. It fits any laptop up to 15-inches. Sleek.

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Moleskine Classic Messenger Bag $169.95 

7. Moleskine – Vertical Device Bag
The Moleskine Vertical Device Bag (below in Payne’s Grey) is another favourite of ours– it was clearly created with busy, mobile people in mind. The flat design is perfect for carrying your laptop or portfolio, and for keeping important documents free from creases. It’s great if you like to keep your bag, and your life, slimline!

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Moleskine Vertical Device Bag in Payne’s Grey – $159.95

Shop Moleskine bags for work at Milligram

8. Defy Sleeve

Each Defy product has a unique history. Hand-crafted in the USA from interesting reclaimed materials– think WWII military canvas and cargo-truck tarp– these bags are durable, one-of-a-kind, and will provide a talking point for otherwise awkward conversations with strangers on public transport. This Aesthetic Leather Sleeve for a 15-inch laptop is hand-cut from Horween leather (cowhide tanned in Chicago since 1905) and would be a very pleasant surprise in one’s Christmas stocking…just sayin’.

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Defy Aesthetic Leather Sleeve $329.95

Shop Defy bags for work at Milligram

9. Qwstion – Classic Edition Tote
Made in Zurich, Switzerland, Qwstion’s range of bags echoes the organic hues of the Swiss natural environment– stone, earth, deep blue sky and ocean. Thoughtfully designed, most varieties can be carried in at least two ways, to suit the wearer and the occasion. Take the 20L Classic Edition Tote (below in washed black) which is made from certified organic cotton, and easily transforms from a tote to a backpack.

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Qwstion Classic Edition Tote Bag $199.95 

10. Qwstion – Classic Edition Office Bag 
The Office Bag (below in washed grey) boasts an easy-access compartment for your laptop (up to 17-inch), and several pockets for stationery and paperwork. The light-coloured lining makes it simple to find what you’re looking for inside, and the bag can be used briefcase-style, or as a backpack. Clever!

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Qwstion Classic Edition Office Bag $279.95

Shop Qwstion bags for work at Milligram.