Remember the wallet nerds at Bellroy? Well, they're back — and they've got bags.
There are six new bags in Bellroy's 'considered carry' line-up — two backpacks called the Slim and the Classic, and four work bags (two that are slim, and two that concertina open for extra storage space). 'Thoughtfully designed' is what Bellroy wants people to think when they see its bags — just like its wallets, the bags are made to be versatile without sacrificing looks.
The team behind Bellroy really knows bags — they actually launched the website Carryology (one of my faves) years ago. And these bags are built for a combination of work and play — they're weatherproof, for example, but all of them (in my opinion) look fashionable and professional enough to carry in and out of the office on a weekday. Colours are muted and styling is simple: they're all something you could wear with a suit and not look like that guy wearing a pair of bright white sneakers beneath his dress pants.
I've been test-driving the $369 Duo Totepack in marle Moss Grey for the last couple of days, and I'm already very impressed. It arrived to my desk in a slim Express Post package, and even out of the package it's a very skinny backpack — just 450x350mm and 60mm thick. Despite that, it can hold 15 litres when fully expanded, and I'm confident I could fit a weekend's change of clothes in if I needed to.
For the time being, I'm just carrying it to work and back with my laptop and daily essentials and it's lightweight and just awesome. You can hide away the shoulders straps and use it as a tote, a feature that might also be useful if you're sliding it into overhead lockers during a plane trip. There are plenty of pockets inside, as well as a padded sleeve that will hold a 15-inch laptop or a smaller laptop inside its own padded case.
And here's how much they'll cost:
Classic Backpack: $189
Slim Backpack: $199
Duo Work Bag: $349
Duo Totepack: $369
Slim Tote: $239
Slim Work Bag: $239