10 Spacious Work Bags You Can Shop From Local Brands

Make your RTO a little easier to accept.

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(SPOT.ph) So offices have been reopening—or if you’re lucky, allowing for flexible and hybrid setups—these past few months and your boss is “encouraging” you to start working on site again. After over two years of mostly working from home, dragging your butt back to the office can be a struggle. But duty (a.k.a. the need for money) calls, so if you’re preparing to make that big office comeback, here’s a list that may be useful to you. Below, we round up 10 stylish—and more importantly, spacious—work-ready bags that you can shop right now. Not only will these roomy carriers be handy companions for your commute and office routine, but they’ll also look stylish with pretty much any outfit. We limited the selection to bags you can shop from local brands—from classic leather cases to totes with local flair. 

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Shop these stylish work bags from local brands for your return to the office:

Tall Box (P8,500) from Bags by Rubber Tree

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PHOTO BY Rubber Tree

If you’re the type to carry your entire life in your bag—gadgets, desk accessories, toiletries, makeup, umbrella, wallet, and pretty much everything but the desk—then this piece from Bags by Rubber Tree is for you. With a structured, box-shaped silhouette, this leather bag provides ample space for everything you could possibly need to pack and then some. You get an inside pocket for those itty-bitty essentials as well as a snap lock to keep everything secured inside.

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Miranda City Bag (P1,500) from Island Girl

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PHOTO BY Island Girl

When you think of work bags, you probably picture plain leather cases or boxy tote bags. This carrier from Island Girl proves you can be functional while also rocking a rustic look. Use it to make your office ensemble a little more laid-back without sacrificing function or formality. The handbag—which is 13 inches wide and has a spacious base—sports a woven, banig-like texture and a leather handle. It even has a long strap up top that lets you hang it on your shoulder or wear it as a crossbody bag.

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Flora Donna Aurora (P3,500) from Retaso

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PHOTO BY Retaso

Add color to your office OOTD with this gorgeous tote from Retaso. As the brand’s name (which refers to excess fabric scraps) suggests, they make use of sustainable methods in production. The bag’s textile is made from repurposed plastic waste and its colorful design pays homage to the beauty of nature. The result is an eye-catching tote that’s spacious enough for work and more eco-friendly than most styles you’d find at the mall.

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City Bag (P3,200) from Gouache

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PHOTO BY Gouache

This functional-but-chic satchel from Gouache is perfect for walkers and commuters. Equal parts rugged and put-together, the carrier sports a gritty, vintage look as well as a clean, boxy silhouette and genuine leather details. The bag is big enough to fit a 15-inch laptop along with all the other essentials you need to get you through the day. It’s also water-repellant inside and out so your gadgets will stay safe even on rainy days. Plus, you get two front pockets, two side pockets, a wide magazine pocket at the back, and a padded laptop divider inside.

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Classic Standard Tote (P3,500) from Viajecito

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PHOTO BY Viajecito

Hate high maintenance bags? Ditch the leather and fabric carriers for this nifty tote from Viajecito. While technically made for the beach, you can use it at work or throughout weekends in the city. Made primarily with a waterproof, easy-to-clean rubber body, the bag promises durability, flexibility, and lots of storage space. You can get it in three chic colors: Fog, Dusty Rose, and Cowboy Blue.

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Florence Tote (P5,000) from Costal

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While this tote from Costal keeps it mostly no-frills, the bag sports a more unique silhouette than most square handbags so you get a more distinct look. The bucket-like shape has a wide, circular base as well as a 19-inch width that can hold all your work essentials and more—storing items inside will be as easy as putting them in a box. You also get a 10-inch handle drop that you’ll have no problem hanging on your shoulder as you walk or commute.

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Camden Cube (P7,999) from Katre

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PHOTO BY Katre

When it comes to local handbags, Katre is a popular choice thanks to their dedication to quality and style. For work, we’d recommend the Camden Cube, which is made ultra-spacious thanks to its wide base. You also get calf-leather construction, adjustable handles, a magnetic closure, and a matching luggage tag. Plus, the bag comes in several chic shades—choose one that best fits your style.

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Casablanca (P1,800) from Wenya

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Made from a sturdy, woven material, the Casablanca bag from Wenya promises more structure and durability than most cotton or canvas totes. At 15 inches in width and 10 inches in height, you can easily fit your laptop, phone, wallet, chargers, and other essentials inside. Plus, you can get the bag in several cute colors including green, orange, turquoise, yellow, and more.

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Donya (P4,900) from Fun Nest

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PHOTO BY Fun Nest

We love the solihiya material that makes up the body of this beautiful bag from Fun Nest. You can use it as both a shoulder bag and a handbag thanks to the chic wooden handle and the long strap up top. It’s finished off with brown leather details that emphasize its spacious, bucket-like silhouette. Plus, you have the option to personalize the bag with your initials, which you can get debossed on the leather label up front.

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Porfito Document (P6,845) from Ni QUA

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PHOTO BY Ni Qua

If you’ve got the kind of job that requires you to carry a lot of documents around, this tote from Ni QUA would be up your alley. It features a sturdy silhouette that’s 14 inches in height and perfect for storing papers and envelopes. But don’t worry, you’ll also have space for your laptop, chargers, wallet, phone, and more. Plus, you get two pockets on the outer sides as well too flap-style pockets with button enclosures up front.

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