What’s The Best Leather Computer Bag For You?

 Few materials beat the classic elegance, luxurious feel and durability of good leather on a bag. It is always a guarantee of class. If you are looking for a bag or purse to transport your laptop computer in style, there are many great options in leather.

Here are a few tips on what you should look for in the perfect leather computer bag.

The Leather Quality

There are different types of leather materials for bags, and not all of them will be suitable for a leather computer bag, which needs to accommodate rather heavy material inside. Thin, soft leather like suede or patent does not usually work well with this type of bag, unless it is supported by a heavier under layer. Still, it will be vulnerable to scratches and tears. Thick leather such as cowhide will be your best bet. It should still be supple and smooth, and without imperfections. Make sure that the seams are properly done, with no visible stitches or loose threads. Also, check the inside lining and seams for quality and resistance. Finally, don’t forget to enquire about maintenance.

Some leathers need to be periodically treated with special lotions. Is it water resistant? If colored or tinted, is the color uniform, or do you see any signs of fading? (Unless, of course, you favor the “aged” look. Some bags simulate that really nicely).

How big does it have to be?

That depends on the size of your laptop and also on your particular needs. Most leather computer bags will usually accommodate a 15 inch laptop without any problems. But laptops these days can be as big as 18 inches. Not all computer bags have capacity for bigger computers.

ThumbnailManufacturerMaterial & ColorLaptop SizePrice
Mancini Leather GoodsLuxurious Italian top grain leatherFits laptop up to 15.5See more details
Johnston & MurphyWaxhide LeatherAccomodates most 15.4 laptop screensSee more details
Floto100% italian calf-skin leatherUp to 13"3See more details
ClaireChaseTop Grain Vaquetta LeatherUp to 15"See more details

How Many Compartments do you need?

A leather computer bag should basically have a special compartment for a laptop. It is often thickly padded to protect the computer, and can also include containing straps. But you will need more than one compartment for the accessories and any additional items that you might have to bring along with you. Make sure it is organized in such a way that you can comfortably carry everything. Exterior pockets also come very handy.

Price and Warranty

A leather computer bag by default is not cheap, especially if it comes in the highest qualities of material and features. You might want to make sure with the vendor that there is a guarantee, in case of imperfections or nasty surprises.

Zipper, pull tabs, straps, handles?

The zipper should be sturdy and resistant. The pull tabs should be easy to pull and handle. Depending on the weight you intend to carry, you should consider straps or handles. If you are always on the go, you might want to look into a messenger bag or backpack. In both these cases the straps should be thick and soft, to offer both resistance and comfort.

Wheeled bags work best with telescopic handles. Purses and briefcases that are held by hand need to offer very resistant handles that are also ergonomic and don’t sink into your fingers when you carry the bag.