There’s something quite adventurous about going on a spontaneous weekend trip. It’s like a holiday without the serious commitment. You’re only going for a night or two. You only need to pack a thing or three. And there’s no time to worry about an itinerary, vacation leave, or turning off the coffee machine. In fact, a weekend trip is almost comparable to a cheat meal after a week of hardcore diets. It’s a sweet, short, treat.

Accompanying this sweet treat like a praline to a glass of wine, many luxury leather and travel luggage brands have responded to the rise in weekend getaways by designing bags made specifically for the trip. Saving us the stress of overpacking and bearing a romantic air of whisking up anything you need and heading out with the wind in your hair, weekender bags have come up as a sturdy yet stylish solution to propel us into holiday mode.

They call themselves ‘duffles’, ‘hold-alls’, or ‘keep-alls’, because indeed, this is what they do. They fit into the overhead compartment of a plane, on the front seat of a taxi, and casually over our shoulders. And they’re practical, and yet pretty. Whether you’re looking to yoga it out at a secret retreat in the mountains, or stick a sun-kissed nose into a book by the beach, we’ve put together a list of our favourite weekender bags of the minute. From retro-style leather to bubbly embroidery, consider it your snazzy excuse to get booking this weekend.

Featured image credit: Ted Baker; Hero image credit: Gucci

1
Coach Bleecker Cabin Bag in Leather

Beginning our list with a classic weekender like straight out of romantic runaway movie, this Coach Bleecker Cabin Bag in fawn/brass leather (THB 29,290) is a style staple that will never look out of place on an adventurous escape. The rich glove-tanned leather gives the handsome bag a sophisticated edge with an almost vintage-inspired charm. Truly, a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘travelling coach’.

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2
Gucci Courrier Soft GG Supreme Duffle Bag

Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has a thing for travel. Combining the signature GG motif with a blend of contemporary embroideries, this Courrier Soft GG Supreme Duffle Bag (approx. THB 137,090) offers a playful twist on the traditional weekender bag. The cheerful appliqués are individually embroidered, and feature airmail trims and UFO-inspired details. The kind of duffle to accompany a fun and fancy weekend away with the girls (or guys).

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3
Ted Baker Lugglo Metallic Trim Large Holdall

Just in time for autumn, this maroon-coloured Ted Baker Lugglo Metallic Trim Large Holdall (approx. THB 10,420) is the kind of bag that’ll come with you to a warm chalet in the mountains. The holdall features a hidden extendable handle and smooth wheels, making it a versatile and practical travel companion. Let the good times roll — because this weekender bag literally has wheels (which is very, very practical).

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4
Prada Saffiano Leather Travel Bag

For those who know that only black is the new black, Prada’s Black Saffiano Leather Travel Bag (approx. THB 93,000) is a subtle yet timeless choice. The bag features the classic Prada leather look, with a nylon shoulder strap, and two inside pockets. Simple but not boring, it’s a colour and a texture that can never do wrong, and will always look sleek and stylish no matter where you go.

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5
Herschel Novel Duffle

Quite possibly the trademark of hipster cool, Herschel has long made travel and adventure bags for those who like to stray away from the mainstream. The Herschel Novel Duffle (THB 2775) is no different, featuring plenty of storage room and a signature Herschel shoe compartment. Available in a host of different outer designs, this leafy print is sure to inspire your next tropical escape (or a trip to the tiki bar).

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6
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 50

What would our list be without a weekender bag from Louis Vuitton? (Incomplete. The answer is ‘incomplete’). A true icon in the world of luxury travel luggage, the Keepall travel bag was first introduced in the 1930s. This special edition (approx. THB 60,000) brings a playful revamp with colourful trompe-l’oeil details inspired by the House’s travel heritage and historic trunks. The ‘it’ bag of weekender bags — with a twist. 

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7
Bottega Veneta Brighton Intrecciato Nappa Medium Hold-All

Whisking us away to Italy with their exquisite quality and refined design, it almost seems as if Bottega Veneta can do no wrong. The signature intrecciato VN leather in a bright blue hue on this Brighton Intrecciato Nappa Medium Hold-All (approx. THB 123,435) is unusual, and yet it works. Balancing form, function, and fashion, the bag makes a statement without screaming too loud. A great way to bring a pop of colour to any airport look.

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8
Mettique Kief Duffle Bag

Ending our list on a high note with one of our favourite Thai exotic leather brands, this Mettique Kief Duffle Bag (THB 289,000) whispers adventure from the get-go. The snazzy weekender features matte blue Niloticus crocodile leather with a black Italian cowhide body and interior. The contrasting blue colour and texture bears a spontaneous and fun flair, much like a weekend escape. It’s in the bag.

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.