These affordable work bags are big on space and style
by Elizabeth Lee & Shazrina Shamsudin /
January 20, 2023
Credits: Matches Fashion, Polene
Are you on the lookout for something chic yet roomy enough to tote about your documents, laptop or iPad? We’ve done the legwork for you so you don’t have to. Check out some of our favourite work bags we’ve got our eye on below:
Looking for a stylish and reliable bag that’s roomy enough to fit everything you need — such as your laptop, iPad, wallet, and headphones — while you’re on the go? Peep, this cosy, minimalist bag from Stand Studio. Hopping onto the pillow bag trend, the bag offers a plush-like design that you can comfortably carry in your arms, and it also comes with detachable shoulder straps, perfect for daytime styling.
Whether you’re heading to the office or you’re headed out to run errands on the weekends, this Numero Dix bag from Polene will be your next go-to bag this season. Boasting a chic crescent silhouette, the bag is a little smaller than your usual totes and crossbody bags, but one thing’s for sure, they are big in style.
Cala Small Cotton-Canvas Tote Bag, $516, Hereu from Matches Fashion
Started by founders José Luis Bartolomé & Albert Escribano in 2014, Hereu is a relatively new brand carrying bags and shoes crafted in Spain. This Cala style has a beautiful architectural shape and is dressed with rounded handles. Super chic!
Moose Knuckles x Telfar Quilted Large Shopper, $450, Telfar
If you need an everyday tote that will never go out of style, look to the Moose Knuckles x Telfar Quilted large shopper bag
from Telfar. Not only is it spacious enough to store all your essentials, but it also comes with a double strap so you can hold your hands, over the shoulder, or as cross-body. Plus, you’ll also find an interior zip pocket so you can store your loose items like keys and coins easily.
Bauza Woven-Leather Shoulder Bag, $613, Hereu from Matches Fashion
For something a little more structured but with a casual vibe, we’re loving the woven-leather shoulder bag from Hereu. Spotlighting its unique woven design, the bag offers a minimalist take on traditional Mediterreanean craftsmanship.
We know and love Marni for its fantastic prints, and this adorable floral-print cotton-canvas tote bag from its collab with Carhartt is no exception. What we love most about this bag is that its classic shape can easily take you from work to the weekends easily.
We’re fans of how versatile the Mini Maestra from Senreve is. Carry it by its top handle, wear it crossbody or pull the straps and transform it into a backpack! The best part? It’s available in many colours and textures, including a vegan leather version.
Kiss Knot Leather Clutch Bag, $576, Staud from Matches Fashion
The unique shape of the Kiss Knot Leather clutch bag from Staud is definitely a conversational starter. Dressed in buttery soft lambskin leather, the bag is also well-loved for its design that echoes the label’s focus on form and volume, and not to mention, it also adds the right amount of texture to your look thanks to its soft ruches.
Wring Drawstring PVC Bucket Bag, $897, Bao Bao Issey Miyake from Matches Fashion
Anyone who loves fashion would probably be familiar with the flexible Lucent bag from Issey Miyake. Made in Japan and inspired by the idea of “shapes made by chance”, this classic piece is utilitarian chic at its finest.
Didi Tarta Handbag, USD $750 (S$991.59), Reco from LN-CC
If you love a touch of whimsy in your accessories, look to Paris-based studio, Reco. As seen here, the Didi Tarta Handbag is made using an assemblage technique to capture the limited edition patchwork design. To add to its versatility, the bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap as well so you can sling it as a crossbody or carry it by its top handle.