Friday 5: Great Locally-Made Work Bags

No pressure, of course, but the holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about your gift list. Why not surprise the lawyer in your life (or treat yourself) with one of these stylish, functional briefcases? Even better, they’re all locally made, so you’re supporting Washington businesses.

Metier Tote

Wine Metier Tote by Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae makes beautiful, well-crafted vegan-friendly bags for everyone, but this simple, modern wine-colored tote is perfect for women. The Métier is lightweight, durable, and flat, which makes it ideal for carrying a 15” laptop, notebook, or files. Wear it square or snap in the sides; the side gusset snaps and zipped pocket keep your contents secure. The water-resistant, lightweight glazed fabric is even washable for the accident-prone. Looks equally great at your desk or shopping on the weekend, and it comes with a one-year warranty.

Alchemy Westlake Laptop Bag

Westlake by Alchemy Goods

Cyclists and outdoorsy types will love these eco-friendly, edgy bags made from recycled bike tires. This SoDo-based company is so local, they name their products after Seattle streets and neighborhoods. Two sizes fit 13” and 15” laptops. The durable, water-resistant exterior is constructed from upcycled inner tubes, while the shoulder strap and briefcase handle are made from upcycled seatbelts. Handmade in Seattle, this bag is a real bargain at $74.

Filson Original Briefcase

Original Briefcase by Filson

Original Briefcase by Filson

Seattle-based outfitter Filson knows how to build tough stuff. This rugged everyday briefcase is water-repellent (key for the Pacific Northwest). Inside you’ll find a wide carrying compartment, two full-length open pockets, and sewn-on compartments for business cards and pens. It meets carry-on requirements, so it’s handy for business travelers.

Jonquil & Mr. Black Sling Bag

Sling Bag by Jonquil and Mr Black

Local designer Jordan Christianson designs and sews these unique, elegant bags. (Full disclosure: Jordan is a friend of mine, but I’d recommend his bags in any case.) The Sling Bag is hand-crafted from American leather with rolled-brass hardware and an adjustable shoulder strap, plus an eye-catching asymmetrical front flap. It measures 13″ x 11″ x 4″ to accommodate a laptop. Custom orders are welcome.

Laura Bee “Kate”

Kate by Laura Bee

This pretty, versatile bag by Laura Bee can be a work tote, a diaper bag, or a travel carry-on. The vegan-friendly faux leather body is accented with rich jacquard trim embellishment, while the nickel feet protect the bag from damage. At 15″ wide x 5″ deep x 13″ tall, it will hold just about anything you need for your day, and a magnetic snap closure and interior zipped pocket safely stash your items. You can even personalize your bag with extra pockets and custom colors.

DalleMieMani Lemon Lime Calfskin Leather Tote

Calfskin Leather Tote by DalleMieMani

Not for the faint of heart! This bold, lime-green calfskin leather bag makes a real statement. Inside are two large slip pockets, and the bag closes with a strong magnetic snap. It’s reinforced and double-stitched throughout, with a boxed bottom for extra space. This oversized bag measures 18″ wide x 11″ high x 6″ and it’s a reasonable $155. If bright green isn’t your thing, Laurel Dasso will take custom orders for more sedate colors, like this classic black pebbled leather tote.

(Okay, that was six. We couldn’t narrow it down.)

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