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Best leather workbags: Our Top 3 Choices

When it comes to work, having the right bag can make a huge difference to your day. Not only does it need to be functional and big enough to hold all of your work essentials, but it also needs to b...

By Grace Harper

Posted on 12 May 2023 09:35

When it comes to work, having the right bag can make a huge difference to your day. Not only does it need to be functional and big enough to hold all of your work essentials, but it also needs to be stylish and professional.

With so many options out there, it can be hard to know which leather bags are best for work.

In this article, we’ve outlined some things you should consider when purchasing a leather workbag as well as our top 3 Cambridge Satchel Co. choices.

Things to consider when purchasing a leather workbag.

When it comes to work bags, leather is usually the material of choice, but not all leather bags are created equally. Here are some things to consider when choosing a leather workbag:


The material you choose will affect how your workbag looks, feels and how durable it is. These are the two main types of material to consider when choosing your workbag.


Canvas bags are lightweight and affordable, making them a good option for those on a budget. They’re also more casual and laid-back, which might not be the right choice for some workplaces.


Leather bags, on the other hand, are often more professional-looking and durable. Leather workbags are usually more expensive, but they’re also an investment that can last for years if properly cared for.

You can check out our article on How to Care for your Leather Bag for more details on this.

Style of bag:

There are several styles of bags to choose from, but here are three of the most popular styles for work:

Leather Tote bag

A leather tote bag is a classic and versatile option for work. They’re usually big enough to hold all of your essentials, including a laptop or tablet, and can be easily dressed up or own depending on the occasion.

Leather Crossbody bag

A leather crossbody bag is a fantastic option for those who want to be hands-free while commuting or running errands.

Leather Backpack

A leather backpack is a stylish and practical option for those who need to carry a lot of items with them to work. It’s also a good option for those who commute by bike or public transportation.


The capacity of your new work bag will depend on how much you need to carry to and from work. Take some time to consider how much space you need for your laptop, leather notebooks, water bottle and any other essentials.

Comfort and Security

Your new work bag should be comfortable to wear and secure enough to keep your items safe. Keep an eye out for bags with padded straps, handles and secure closures to keep your items safe inside.

Resilience and Waterproofness

We know that your work bag should also be able to withstand the elements. We’d suggest looking for bags that are made from waterproof or water-resistant materials, especially if you live in a rainy or snowy climate.


One final consideration is how easy the bag is to maintain. Leather bags will need to be conditioned to keep them looking their best throughout a lifetime.

Cambridge Satchel Top Leather Workbags

We’ve compiled our top 3 choices for your new leather workbag below:

The Emily – Leather Tote

This wonderful leather tote bag was created to celebrate our 10th anniversary and it really is the ultimate work bag for women. It will always surprise you how much this bag can hold while retaining its beautiful shape and characteristically well-groomed appearance.

The Emily will carry your whole work life in style.

The 14 Inch Batchel Backpack – Leather Backpack

This leather backpack has all of the great features of our iconic Batchel – that’s a Satchel with an added top-handle – with two very comfortable shoulder straps attached.

You can pick up this leather backpack like a briefcase when you’re in a rush or on your back for those longer commutes!

This Batchel Backpack is similar to the traditional school bags which first inspired The Cambridge Satchel Co., and it is large enough to fit in A4 documents, smaller ipads and anything else you might need for work.

This bag is the epitome of British style, beautifully designed, expertly made and an absolute joy to wear.

The Briefcase – Leather Briefcase

This leather briefcase is a classic bag for work. It has a long history within the legal profession, and it is still common to see professionals everywhere carrying a leather briefcase to and from work.

Our version of the briefcase offers plenty of space for several folders and a handy interior pocket to keep your papers in order. This leather briefcase is the perfect investment in your career.

By Grace Harper

Posted on 12 May 2023 09:35