Summer classics: the weekender

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This Everlane twill bag comes in a few colors, but I find the army green to be especially spiff.

A camo print duffel is kind of fun.

I love a Filson bag—they’re super-classic and so durable.

Here is a bag that looks way more expensive than it is, and I like the special compartment for shoes.

A pretty well-priced leather option.

A backpack-as-weekender is a novel idea, and a good one for those of you who, like me, can’t get out of the house without multiple bags.

The shape of this Herschel bag appeals, as does the fact that it’s got all those exterior pockets.

I think this bag, from the French brand Lipault, is rather chic in a utilitarian kind of a way.

This one is water-resistant, which is handy.

I like that this Cuyana bag is shaped like a mini-suitcase.

 

A lot of you have commented on your love of Dagne Dover bags, and I can see why: they’ve got multiple interior pockets (as well as a handy exterior one for your phone), and a detachable key leash, and they and come with a laptop sleeve and a shoe bag. Plus, according to you, they’re indestructible.

Baggu’s Weekend Bag is seriously big, and I dig the subtle grey plaid print.

 

I invested in this Clare V weekender a while back in the navy (it’s currently waitlisted) and recently thought I lost it and was bereft, because it is just about perfect, and only gets better as it ages. It’s also surprisingly light, for leather.

 

This Longchamp bag is expandable (click through to see just how expandable) which is a plus for anyone who manages to do a little shopping when she’s away for the weekend.

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21 Thoughts on Summer classics: the weekender
    Mouse
    6 Jun 2019
    11:09am

    I have the Everlane and use it when I schlep by car. It’s a good bag for that. For flying I need wheels to save my elderly shoulders……

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      Mamavalveeta03
      8 Jun 2019
      3:00am

      I agree, Mouse! I was ready to leave mine in the dumpster after a long day of travel!

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    Kirstjen
    6 Jun 2019
    1:33pm

    Only one of these bags has the sleeve that slides onto the wheelie handle. I need that. I’m disappointed in myself that my last one (from Timbuk2) doesn’t have that feature. Am I the only one who finds that important?

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    sc
    6 Jun 2019
    8:54pm

    I have that Longchamp bag in black – you can pack a ton. It works well – solo for a legit weekend. Or packed into a suitcase to fill with goodies you buy because the Euro makes everything in Europe such a bargain ; )

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    JB
    10 Jun 2019
    8:26am

    I don’t see on list but one I’ve been eyeballing is the MZ Wallace Jimmy.

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    Jax
    5 Jun 2019
    4:16pm

    Thanks for sharing that BEIS bag, which looks like the more expensive Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender I’ve been circling for a while. However, it’s also almost 2 lbs heavier. I do love the concept of the separate shoe/dirty laundry storage below.

    Weight is a sticking point for me. I appreciate a weekend bag that doesn’t add a lot more lbs to what I’m already sticking in there, esp. if I have to carry that through an airport.

    That Dagne Dover bag is more of a shoulder bag — was the intention to feature a backpack or a tote?

    I like the look and weight of the Lipault bag too, thanks for sharing!

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      Jax
      5 Jun 2019
      4:25pm

      Also prefer weekenders that have both types of straps — hand-carry and longer shoulder straps for longer walks.

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        MaryAlice
        5 Jun 2019
        7:03pm

        The Lipault has a shoulder strap

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      Jax
      5 Jun 2019
      4:27pm

      D’oh! Scratch my question re: the Dagne Dover. 🙄
      Realized there’s different sizes available.

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    c.w.
    5 Jun 2019
    4:35pm

    I don’t mean to whine…maybe it’s my age…or plain old laziness, but I want a weekender on wheels. Probably laziness. Sidenote: I know we readers are scattered all over everywhere, but if you get a chance or have the willingness to meet up with fellow GOACA readers do it––it is so worth the bit of effort. Fortunately for me I spend five months of the year near Mamavalveeta and today we had such a great time over lunch (and shopping). I wish I could meet all of you in person! Thank you, Kim!

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      Kim France
      5 Jun 2019
      5:48pm

      I’d love to do a meetup in New York this summer; the question of venue is always the tricky part. So glad you got together with Val!

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        c.w.
        5 Jun 2019
        9:24pm

        I’d be up for coming into the city! And Val and I had absolutely no fun at all.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      5 Jun 2019
      10:49pm

      It was so great seeing you, CW! Look at what a great community you started, Kim!

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    J. Hood
    5 Jun 2019
    7:54pm

    Lesportsac bags weigh almost nothing and hold a lot. An oldie but a goodie! 🙂

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    Mamavalveeta03
    5 Jun 2019
    10:47pm

    I have an original Everlane reverse denim weekender from several years back, and it’s good looking, but I never use it. It’s way too heavy when packed and could do some serious damage to my shoulder! (OK. I realize this sounds very old lady of me, but it is what it is.) I guess if you’re only going from car to destination it’s not so bad, but on a flight? No way.

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    Kathi
    5 Jun 2019
    12:49pm

    I bought that Everlane weekender when you posted about it before – love it!

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    MaryAlice
    5 Jun 2019
    10:53am

    I have that Lipault bag, and besides being a great weekend bag, it’s the perfect carry-on. It fits under the seat and all the outside pockets make for easy access. I have several Lipault suitcases and they’re super lightweight and durable.

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      Jax
      6 Jun 2019
      11:13am

      @MaryAlice thanks for your review. Do you deem it big enough for a weekend trip? The one review on Zappos said it was too heavy and yet also not large enough for a gym bag(!), so I’m wondering how much it can hold.

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