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For years, the gym bag has been the sartorial undoing of men the world over. After all, neon colours, garish logos and boxy designs don’t exactly exude style or sophistication in the workplace. Luckily, with the rise of the sports luxe trend, this specific accessory has been given a refined revamp in recent years. For the best you can cop, check out our selection of the five finest offerings on the market right now – and although they may not guarantee you a better body, they’ll at least ensure you arrive at the office and gym in the most stylish way possible.
Bottega Veneta is renowned for crafting some of the most luxurious accessories in the world – and this duffle is no exception. The house’s version of the classic holdall is as simple as it comes, but details such as the rich espresso colourway and the signature intrecciato weave add a hit of understated finesse. The corners are also reinforced to ensure that your bag (and gear) remain intact. For those that frequently wear tailored formalwear, or simply wish to make a subtle statement in the workplace, this is a must-have.
By combining a suit carrier with a holdall (both of which can either be used separately or fixed together via magnets and straps), Bennett Winch has made the ultimate hybrid accessory for the travelling gent who likes to fit in a workout while abroad. The suit carrier is made from bonded waterproof canvas, so it’ll protect the lightweight twill barrel when wrapped around it, and there’s also an additional shoe bag that’s made to separate your running trainers from your clothes. Moreover, because your three-piece will be wrapped around the bag rather than tightly folded inside it, it’ll arrive at your destination with minimal creasing.
For those that cycle into work, you’ll probably want something that’s easy to wear on your shoulders, and the MSN by Rains is the best bike-friendly bag out there. First, it’s made from the same water-resistant polyurethane material as its signature raincoats, so you can wear it when trying to fend off the spring showers. Second, the flap that covers the main compartment snaps into place with magnets and the double hook closure offers added security whenever you’re on the move. Finally, if you feel like there’s not enough space for both your work and fitness essentials, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s also a generous main compartment and a laptop pocket at the back.
Although The Segment by Mission Workship is a perfectly-sized bag for day-to-day use, it also comprises the brand’s signature ‘Arkiv Modular System’ which allows wearers to expand their carry with a wide range of add-ons, including a folio and large smartphone pocket. The weatherproof material means you can protect your gear from the elements too, and, because of its ‘Guaranteed Forever’ label, you won’t have to shell out for another holdall anytime soon. Also, due to the fact it can be stored in the overhead of all airlines, it can double up as your go-to citybreak bag.
An American sportswear classic, the canvas barrel will serve you well in almost all occasions. It’s crafted from both durable 18oz cotton and heavy duty, all-brass YKK zippers, so will endure plenty of wear-and-tear for years to come. Better still, its bijou and collapsible build is locker-friendly, while its fuss-free and stripped-back design is appropriate for either the office, changing room or first-class lounge.
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