Selectism Buyer's Guide: 11 Men's Bags for the Commuter

Commuting constantly gets rough no matter which mode of transportation you pick. Be it the subway, cycling, or simply walking to your destination, a proper satchel to hold your day to day life is necessary. We’ve rounded up a list of our current favorite men’s bags suited for your on-the-go lifestyle.

All the bags on this list are rough, tough, and made with extra care to withstand the wear and tear you put upon them. We concentrated on totes and messenger bags this guide, for a look at our selection of backpacks, see our other buyer’s guide.

Porter and Isaora – Backpack.

New York Design and Japanese craftsmanship brought about this digital smoke print backpack made with Italian fabric. Featuring multiple compartments, zip pockets, D-rings and a heavily padded back panel, this bag screams sturdy construction. There’s also a mini pocket with inner fur lining which we like very much. $579


J. Panther Luggage Co. – The Ruc Tote

With multiple carrying options, a zip fastening, internal and external pockets, this is another bag that goes on our list no matter what form of transportation you choose. Well, maybe not for cycling. $590


Nabi x Anthem Wares Domus Yellow Bag

This bag can be held multiple ways – duffle, clutch, tote or crossbody. With sufficient room to transport loads, it seems like the perfect fit for the bicycle commuter. $445


Krisvanassche and Eastpack – Shopper Bag

This bright blue rectangular bucket bag catches your attention from a mile away. It features a zippered main compartment with contrasting silver hardware and a detachable shoulder strap. $175

Parrott Canvas – Leaf Camo Print Satin Weave Chino Utility Tote

Designed with a leaf camo surrounding print originating from Japan, this tote features eight external pockets for you to organize your bag. With a reinforced base and heavy webbing handles, this made in the U.S.A. tote is suited for duty lifting. $85

Master-piece – No. 9 Master-Tex Canvas No.24050 Tote

The bright red paneling gives this high quality canvas tote a bright and modern twist on an otherwise traditional tote. Made with combed cotton canvas and subtle hints of leather and seude, this bag spells sheer sophistication when it comes to totes. $303

Boris Bidjan Saberi – Folding Bag

This made in Spain “folding” bag is developed from thick cotton with a hard-wearing finish created by hand. It features two way zippers and chunky leather straps to ensure durability. $1,400


Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Nick Wooster Edition Commuter Bag

Created in collaboration with Nick Wooster, this bag features green camo print and silver tone hardware with a two way zip around closure. $595

Maison Martin Margiela – Black Camel Leather Bag

This Margiela bag is crafted with black leather and silver tone hardware. It has external large zip patch pockets for easy storing. $962

Jack Spade – Nylon Canvas Expandable Day Bag

A slim, neat messenger carrier bag that carries double its capacity. Perfect for transporting all the junk you’d like. Take an in depth look at the bag here. $225

Words by Denise Taw