Mother’s know best. Which is why they have different bags for different occasions. Whether you’re a regular on the commuter train or jetting off for the weekend, you need a selection of accessories to suit.

We’ve narrowed your man bag collection down to three must have designs; each practical, high quality and timeless in style.

The best modern leather bags for men

Billy Tannery Leather Man Bag - Black Leather Tote Bag

The Tote

A classic leather tote is the best weekender bag for men. Smart and sophisticated, it works in the office, gym or as overnight storage thanks to its roomy size. Large enough to carry your pyjamas but light enough for day to day use, the tote really is the perfect smart casual man bag.

Our take on this popular piece is the ‘Gote’, a stylish unisex bag made from our premium soft goat leather. Its spacious interiors are fully lined with heavy organic cotton whilst solid brass fittings give it a luxurious look.

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Going from the office to the bar? Store your laptop in a specially designed padded compartment; one of three internal slip pockets perfect for keeping your belongings separate. Plus a new detachable shoulder strap made from sturdy bridle leather means you can travel hands free.

The Gote is available in three classic colours; chestnut, black and forest green. Like all of our men's leather bags, it is handmade in small batches of ten in our Somerset microtannery by our expert leather craftsmen.

Find out more about our soft leather tote bag, the Gote.

Billy Tannery Best Leather Man Bags - Brown Leather Briefcase

The Briefcase

The traditional briefcase has long been a corporate staple. But its boxy silhouette and banker reputation have meant a decline in popularity. We couldn’t find a high-quality leather briefcase that matched contemporary style with practicality - so we designed one!

Meet the Billy Tannery Briefcase, a classic men’s bag with a refreshed look that appeals to modern men. Whilst still being smart, functional and timelessly stylish, our briefcase is unique in its softer, updated design using classic British materials.

Purposely slim fit, the interiors are padded with high-quality cotton to protect laptops and valuables. Plenty of slips also provide ample space to store keys, phones and your loose change - including an extra secure zipped pocket.

The briefcase is made from our signature goat leather, a low-impact alternative to mass-produced material. This makes for a softer briefcase but also guarantees lifetime durability.

Find out more about the Billy Tannery men's leather briefcase.

Billy Tannery Best Leather Man Bags - Green Leather Rolltop Backpack

The Backpack

Ah, the backpack. Whether you’re a commuter, adventurer or simply prefer to sling your belongings over your shoulders - this classic is one of the best man bags you can buy. Dual straps make it incredibly easy to lug around, whilst a range of designs and materials suit every fashion sense.

For those who seek a smart men’s backpack that boasts both quality and style - we have two! Meet the Ziptop, a real leather backpack designed for both men and women using our unique vegetable-tanned goat hides. Closed with a Swiss-made copper zip, it allows for quick access to two interior pockets and a padded laptop compartment.

Billy Tannery Best Leather Man Bags - Green Leather Ziptop Backpack

The Ziptop is a sellout favourite, specifically created to cater for customers who requested a slightly smaller version of our signature leather Rolltop Backpack. This larger leather rucksack provides an extra six litres of space to fill, perfect for weekend adventures or days on the road. Normally this would result in a heavy, uncomfortable bag. However, due to the lightweight nature of our sustainable goat leather, the Rolltop is naturally pleasant to carry, without skimping on quality.

Both rucksacks are designed to be worn on the back or carried in hand, with two wide shoulder straps as well as dual handles. They are each made in small batches here in the UK and come with lifetime repair guarantee.

Find out more about our range of luxury backpacks for men.


Looking for more leather goods to compliment your updated look? At Billy Tannery, we design modern men’s accessories that are as sustainable as they are stylish, from handmade wallets to British made baseball caps. Each of our products turn leftover goat hides into luxury leather at our innovative microtannery in the Midlands.

Learn more about Billy Tannery and our full range of leather accessories.

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