Most of the country is starting to open up now, which means… the slight possibility of traveling again in the not so distant future. As I am daydreaming about summer days ahead and Campbell’s first few trips into the world, I know I am getting very excited about packing up summer clothes. Hopefully, we all have some beach days ahead. SO, if you are like me, and can’t wait for the days of traveling to begin again -- I wanted to suggest some of my favorite weekender bags so you, too, are ready.
I recently got a Copperdot Leather Goods bag and it’s one of the most beautiful bags I’ve ever owned. This company is based in Jackson Hole, WY, and founded by Pam Barlow. Pam grew up horseback riding and always cared about leather quality with her tack (saddles, reigns, etc.) -- wanting the quality to last her for a very long time. We met in Jackson a few years ago doing a trunk show together and I’ve been a fan of the brand ever since. I recently got the No. 2 Zip Top in Midnight Navy and it’s a perfect overnight back to pack Campbell’s things. She’s a fancy little lady! Fun fact, the “copperdot” is the strongest way to hold two pieces of leather together, so you know this bag will last you (or my daughter) a lifetime.
I love my Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote. The Lo family founded the company (Helen, and her two sons, Jan and Derek), hence the name. Helen had always been searching for the perfect travel bag; something with enough storage, comfortable straps, and just the right size. I was gifted the Catalina bag for my hospital bag and I’ve used it ever since for weekend trips or for a change of clothes after golf! All Lo & Sons bags have very practical storage and pockets (the shoe compartment is my fav one) and come in a variety of sizes to fit all of your traveling needs. The bags are also made with sustainable cotton and made from eco-friendly poly made from recycled plastic bottles.
The Telfar “shopping bags” are just too cool. They come in three different sizes and the large is big enough to serve as a weekender tote. The collection also includes many different colors, but I am loving this “pool blue” for summer. Telfar Clemens has done so much for the fashion world in recent years -- which includes creating clothes with no gender binaries. His pieces are inclusive for everyone as a full unisex line.
The Sumak Kilim Weekender Bag by Artemis Design Co is the perfect bag to hold enough clothes for about 4 days, but can also fit in the overhead compartment on a plane. Milicent, the founder, is a good friend of mine and I’ve always looked up to her as an incredible entrepreneur and designer. Milicent founded Artemis in 2007 after a trip to Istanbul. She fell in love with Kilim carpet bags and shoes that were made from repurposed textile and decided to learn the craft herself. She launched her own company and Artemis was born! No two bags or shoes are alike since each one is made from repurposed textile designs.
Calpak makes bags of all shapes, sizes, widths, lengths, and colors -- all for really great prices. Their Stevyn Duffel looks nicely structured but yet compact. I think this one would also work as a great gym bag. There’s a little padding on the edges so it looks like it keeps any laptops or kindles v safe - which is crucial on a weekend trip. I am loving the Slate color and the Pink Sand for this bag.
What are your favorite go-to weekender bags? Let us know in the comments!