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There were days in the not-too-distant past when I thought about canceling my 10-year plan, moving to Italy and opening a tannery for a woman – if only to create a perfect work bag .
Those days usually ended up on the ones where I tried to put gym clothes, sneakers, a water bottle, wallet, notebook, and 13-inch laptop in a bag that didn’t create direct hatred from other public transit drivers .
Finding a stylish, affordable, and smart work bag was a lot harder than I thought. I wanted versatility in design and color, high quality materials and a compact design. In fact, because of its ability to improve significantly five out of seven days a week, I was willing to spend a considerable amount of the money on the right one.
I now realize, having worked at Insider Picks for a little over a year, that it wasn’t so much, that these companies and bags didn’t exist so much that I just hadn’t discovered them yet. I had fished around my usual hangouts and department stores and was blown by the choice or blown by the price.
Thanks to feedback from employees and the large number of inventive startups that Insider Picks rated, I was able to pick five brands that make the kind of bags I wish I knew about. The list ranges from cult favorites like Everlane to Instagram sensations like Senreve to trailblazers like Dagne Dover and hidden gems like Leatherology. Hopefully if you know any or none of the startups below, you can enjoy a smaller, better list to browse.