The Block has a fine supply of Filson Bags in store. The Filson Company is based in Seattle and has a rich history of outfitting explorers and adventurers seduced by the treasures of Alaska. The quality, craftsmanship and classic, simple styling continues to stand today. The Filson Medium Field Bag in navy, otter and tan, Filson Tincloth Backpack in black, otter and tan and Filson Padded Computer bag in black, navy, otter and tan are all fantastic bags for books, laptops and everything else you need to take with you.


Frank & Oak has some very nice bags that are practical, stylish and affordable for practically any budget. Their Canvas Roll-Top Backpack in Military or Black will catch all the right attention. It’s made out of 100% Canvas Cotton with a nylon lining. They do carry a variation on this style – the Canvas & Leather Roll-Top Messenger In Military or Black. Both are equally as charming and look very comfortable to wear.


Oak & Fort is rockin’ a simple bag right now –The Back Pack 99051 This minimal backpack has a laptop compartment that can fit up to a 15″ laptop, an internal front pouch for your tablet and other smaller items, and a polyurethane coating to make it water resistant. Winter is coming. It’s useful and versatile and won’t sacrifice style for cargo space.

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Nouvelle Nouvelle has an interesting paper/stationery section with ton’s of cool stuff for work and school, from pens to notebooks, diary’s and folios. Check out their Minimal Zip Laptop Clutch – fit’s a 13’ laptop. Also noteworthy is the Marble Stone Journal in Black or White and the Minimalist Folio Medium in Blush Rose or Navy – perfect for holding documents and features an inside pouch for small things – phone, cards, a pen.

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Neighbour carries a few clean and sharp laptop/document holders. The Mismo Protector 13″ Tabac (or Navy) is made in Turkey from Italian Leather. Complete with padded walls, a large internal pocket with two smaller pockets for safekeeping small items and a cotton/nylon stripe lining. It’s made to last and to develop a rich patina with use. The Mismo line has created a cotton canvas bag – the Ms Express Army Dark Brown – minimalist yet full of practical use – there are lots of compartments for devices, books, pens and other such things.

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Litchfield, quite possibly, is Gastown’s finest purveyor of quality stationery. They carry a pleasing assortment of simple designed, soft covered journals (Postalco, Appointed), Kaweco Pens from Germany and Midori Brass Pencils and accessories from Japan.

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M0851 have been specializing in creating quality bags and leather accessories since 1987. Originating out of Montreal, their Water Street store carries an assortment of bags designed for different use. Designed for the active urban professional – The Urban Backpack is crafted with Aniline leather and can fit up to a 15” laptop. There are many pockets throughout the bag and with the quality of the leather and craftsmanship, this is sure to last a long time.

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Roden Gray has a healthy selection of Herschel Supply bags that are within many budgets and come in a range of colours, styles and uses. What caught our collective eye was the Nanamica Briefcase – made from heather grey water repellent PARA cloth with black leather details and roll top closure. It’s a solid piece and perfect for our fall and winter weather. These are at a good price and will sell fast.

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Also worth mentioning (simply because it’s so unique) is the Thom Browne Pebblegrain Hector Bag – a Weiner dog shaped bag in black pebble grain leather. Not for everyone but definitely for some (and for most dog lovers).Available at Roden Gray.


Nika Design stock a small but well made collection of leather bags and satchels. Many of the items are unique and imported from Sweden and other parts of Europe. They design and create their own leather goods and can repair almost anything crafted in leather.

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One of a Few has a unique bag that we haven’t seen anywhere else – The Chiyome Sling Bag – (made in USA) has adjustable straps and also converts from backpack to tote. It has a matte black leather body and back panels. Very versatile, rather practical and ultimately minimalist. This is your next bag.