By Benjamin Liong Setiawan
This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
The perfect leather tote is not easy to find. These three options strike the right balance that works for the office or as a carry-on when traveling.
This North South tote is made with soft-grained calfskin and has compartments inside for organization, as well as slip pockets on the front and back that allow for easy access. Monogramming available upon request. $2,250, valextra.com
New England-based Lotuff hand-makes all of its goods in the US. This working tote is made of 100 percent vegetable-tanned cowhide leather with a double-layered bottom for durability. As a testament to its quality standards, Lotuff guarantees its products for life. $750, lotuffleather.com
The Sommet men’s business bag in black grained calf leather is the male complement to the women’s Sommet bag. It’s sophisticated, yet roomy enough to hold all of your essentials for long flights. $1,995, bally.com