If we could recommend a couple of things about the long weekend break in Dubai, we’d probably say this: Firstly, get yourself out of town – you’re moving into the madness of December, you need your mind on the game. Secondly, prioritise a weekender bag. It’s quite possibly the most underappreciated of all style essentials.
Establishing Your Weekend Style
Now, we’re not saying that you should ditch your Supreme x Rimowa trunk anytime soon – sometimes luggage needs to be checked. But there’s a changing mood right now when it comes to travel. In his style column for GQ Middle East, this month, Tan France reiterates his conviction for the carry-on when he’s on the move. The take-home? It has room for a couple of carefully curated looks and allows you to glide past the luggage carousel with the air of a man who’s got the whole game sussed.
So, with that in mind, here’s the GQ Edit of the best holdalls around. Let’s be honest, isn’t it time that you left the lost luggage office to the other guy?
The Jungle Trek Star
The one thing better than a bag combining hard-wearing camo with inspiration from vintage mountaineering packs? One that looks like the sort of bag John Rambo would take with him for a weekend in the woods (crossbow not included).
The Post-Flight Flex
We presume that you have your inflight grooming game sorted, which means that even on long-haul you should leave the plane looking sharp. An extra push? Avert attention from jet lagged eyes with the sheen and shine of this Saint Laurent holdall.
The Rainy Season Swerve
Look, some people like to battle the elements, we get it. But while you’re picking out your belted Prada trench, make room in the shopping cart for a bag that will not only keep your outfit change in check, but also keep you dry if a freak downpour strikes.
The Logomania City Break
Big enough to keep a couple of outfit changes, small enough to throw over your shoulder, this Balenciaga weekender will instantly upgrade any short haul adventure. The best part? It’s literally impossible to wear an outfit that this bag won’t work with.
Logo-print canvas holdall, $950, Balenciaga at Mr Porter
The Business Trip
Ok, so maybe you’re working this long weekend. We feel for you. But if you’re heading out of town to get the deal done, we have two pieces of advice: One, make a classic leather holdall your biggest ally in the boardroom. Two, expense everything.