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Looking for the best Black Bag For Work and womens professional bags? We tracked down 22 actually cute work bags that are office appropriate and big enough to hold a laptop (but won’t be a drag to carry around). In fact, you might even find yourself reaching for them on a Saturday to lend a bit of polish to your white T-shirt and jeans. From faux fur shoulder bags to monogrammed backpacks and Meghan Markle’s favorite Everlane style, shop the best work bags for women below.All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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COS Convertible Leather Tote

This modern take on the traditional black tote is functional and luxe, with a smooth leather exterior and a cotton twill interior. It also has why-didn’t-I-think-of-that features, like a front flap with a hidden zipper and concealed (read secret) inner pocket.$285COSBuy Now

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Everlane The Boss Bag

Everlane knows how to make a basic feel un-basic, and the brand’s latest style is proof. The Boss Bag is a sleek, minimalist shoulder bag that manages to not feel stiff thanks to its wide, slouchy form.$225EverlaneBuy Now

Clare V. Simple Tote
  • Courtesy of brand3/22Clare V. Simple ToteIf you’re looking for a French twist on the classic tote, we’ve got just the bag for you. Clare V.’s Simple Tote comes in a variety of styles, but we’re partial to the suede-and-stripe combo.$495Clare V.Buy Now
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Beis Convertible Backpack

We’re always here for multitasking bags—like this one that can transform from a tote to a backpack in, like, no time. Plus, at $78, it looks way more expensive than it actually is. $78RevolveBuy Now

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Feed Woman on a Mission Tote

One can never have too many canvas totes, and this one from Feed also does good for the world. For every bag sold, 10 school lunches are provided to children in need, and so far that number totals over 100 million. $38AmazonBuy Now

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Ampersand As Apostrophe Sideways Tote

Cool camo print? Yes. Removable inner pouch for tiny but important things? Yes. Big enough to hold your laptop, three notebooks, iPhone 11 Plus, and all of your makeup? Yes, plz.$616$492VerishopBuy Now

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  • Courtesy of brand7/22The Elsewhere Tie ToteMeet a bag that looks more expensive than it actually is. Madewell is known for its Transport Tote, but why not try something new this year, with the ’70s-inspired suede crossbody? $148$120MadewellBuy Now
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Stand Lolita Paper Bag Shearling Tote

If you thought our love of shearling stopped at coats, don’t worry—we want the Sherpa look for our bags too. $195Bergdorf GoodmanBuy Now

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Rains Rush Waterproof Tote

It’s amazing how many tote bags don’t come with a zipper. We love this two-tone style that will also keep your notebooks and phone dry on rainy days. $50NordstromBuy Now

Tory Burch Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Tote

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Tory Burch Quilted Leather Tote

If you’re in the market for an investment piece that’ll stay stylish in perpetuity, Tory Burch is always a good idea. But perhaps opt for a color that’ll help you stand out from a sea of black totes. $598NordstromBuy Now

Paravel Upland Backpack
  • Paravel11/22Paravel Upland BackpackParavel is mostly known for its travel bags (and genius packing cubes!), but the company also makes a seriously chic and durable backpack. Bonus: You can monogram basically everything on its site, this bag included. $325ParavelBuy Now
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Coach Field Tote With Horse and Carriage Print and Rainbow

Is it possible to have a truly terrible day when you’re walking around with a literal rainbow on your bag? We think not. $450CoachBuy Now

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Rag & Bone Field Tote

Sometimes it’s all about great hardware and a strap of the the perfect length. $495RevolveBuy Now

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Caraa Small Alto Water-Repellent Satchel

We never thought about taking the elements of a puffer and turning them into a futuristic work bag—and yet somehow it totally works. $125NordstromBuy Now

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  • 15/22Cuyana Trapeze SatchelThis structured tote in stone has an understated flair that isn’t flashy or dull—and it fits laptops of any size (the interior pocket fits a 13-inch, and the exterior compartment a 15-inch).$395CuyanaBuy Now
  • Everlane Day Market Tote

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Everlane Day Market Tote

Meghan Markle carried this sleek leather bag during her very first public appearance with Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games—and a star accessory was born. It’s the perfect size and comes in black, navy, cognac, and light taupe. $175EverlaneBuy Now

Stand Studio Lola Soft Teddy Tote Bag

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Stand Studio Lola Soft Teddy Tote Bag

A furry turquoise tote feels like a throwback to aughts-era Paris Hilton in the best possible way. Plus, if you need a place to rest your head at the office from time to time….$220VerishopBuy Now

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AllSaints East West Tote

If labels are your thing, look no further. While AllSaints isn’t a particularly flashy brand, the East West Tote has its label embossed across the front—but the whole thing is matte black so it’s noticeable without being too showy.$368$257AllSaintsBuy Now

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  • 19/22Baggu Duck BagWho said your work tote had to be leather? Denim does go with pretty much everything, after all—especially if you work in a casual startup. $44BagguBuy Now
  • SHIRLEY LEATHER BAG CARAMEL SNAKE EMBOSSED

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Staud Shirley Snake-Embossed Leather Bag

Break from the army of long-strap shoulder bags with Staud’s best-selling Shirley tote and its instantly recognizable square top handle. This style features embossed snake leather that not only covers the outer bag, but also the removable inner pouch.$325StaudBuy Now

Vince Kayu Isabel Bag

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Vince Kayu Isabel Bag

When the weather is sunny but you still want to wear all black, go for this woven raffia bag. It’s crafted using indigenous techniques and locally sourced materials from Southeast Asia.$197VinceBuy Now

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The (Anti) Diaper Bag

Introducing a work bag that doubles as a diaper bag. (And one that we’d tote around, baby or not.) The easy-to-clean tote comes with three matching clutches, room for your laptop, and a flat base to keep everything standing upright. Psst…the bag sold out at Nordstrom, but you can get it on Hatch in two different colors. 

The best work bags can, of course, be different things to different people. Sometimes, they’re a little bit of everything at once: professional but not too stuffy, roomy enough to juggle gym sneakers and a laptop, and equipped with additional pockets to store the miscellany you don’t need but carry anyway (reading material, kids’ toys, and even the odd wine bottle). Other times, you might just be looking for a stylish pocketbook that fits the essentials and makes you look like a boss (both in the office and when you go out to meet friends for drinks after a long day). And not required, but still appreciated: the ability to wear a bag multiple ways in multiple places without looking out of place. We surveyed 27 industrious women about the multitasking tote bags, backpacks, and over-the-shoulder options they rely on to get them through the workday and beyond. Below are their recommendations, which include open-top work totes, cross-body bags, and backpacks,with many options under $100.

Best under-$100 work bags for women

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet $50

Dianna Baros, who chronicles her life as a frugal-fashion expert on her style blog the Budget Babe, told us her go-to is this “stylish, classic” faux-leather tote bag. For the price, you’re really getting two bags in one because this is completely reversible (in addition to the black/cognac style shown, it comes in black/leopard and taupe/ivory, both of which also cost $50). Baros adds that the bag is big enough to fit her 15-inch laptop inside with plenty of room for other things. And if $50 for a reversible tote bag you can carry five days a week does not seem like enough of a good deal, the bag also comes with a detachable wristlet you can tuck cash, credit cards, or other little things in for when you don’t need to schlep the whole thing. $50 at Nordstrom

 A New Day Reversible Tote Bag

A New Day Reversible Tote Bag $37

Style influencer Bethany Everett-Ratcliffe also carries a reversible tote as her everyday work bag, noting how her favorite style “is essentially two bags in one for under $40.” She adds that this can hold “everything you need for work, and can easily go from work to weekend.” Everrett-Ratcliffe’s go-to work bag also has a magnetic closure, making it a good bet for anyone who tends to reach into her bag constantly. $37 at Target

A New Day Top Handle Work Tote

A New Day Top Handle Work Tote $45

Baros is also a fan of Target’s A New Day line for great-looking work bags on a budget. She specifically pointed us to this structured, top-handle tote, which has “clean, minimal lines” that she says make “it look more expensive than its $45 price tag.” While Baros notes that this bag won’t fit a laptop, she says it still has plenty of space for your other day-to-day essentials. $45 at Target

L.L. Bean Hunter's Medium Open-Top Tote Bag

L.L. Bean Hunter’s Medium Open-Top Tote Bag From $35

Siraad Dirshe, a storyteller and social-content manager at direct-to-consumer razor brand Flamingo, carries this “perfect-size” L.L. Bean canvas tote, which she says looks “slightly better than the old canvas tote bags” you probably have cluttering your apartment. “You can also customize it, which I really like.” Since L.L. Bean says the bag is designed to be taken when you go “waterfowling, dog training, or shooting,” you can safely bet that the durable polyester shell and water-resistant interior will stand up to daily use. The bag comes in medium, large, and extra large, but Dirshe prefers the medium for running around. From $35 at L.L. Bean

Dreubea Soft Faux Leather Tote

Dreubea Soft Faux Leather Tote $13

For the cost of a Dig Inn bowl, you could sport this “super-affordable work bag” from Dreubea that Baros recommends. She notes that there are “lots of colors to choose from, making it easy to swap out your bag for different color trends as the seasons change.” She’s not the bag’s only fan: It has more than 5,000 Amazon reviews, 75 percent of which gave four and five stars. This soft, structured bag can comfortably hold an iPad, as well as your wallet, phone, keys, Dopp kit, and the latest Molly Young–approved novel. $13 at Amazon

Motile Commuter Backpack

Motile Commuter Backpack $80

“This is a stylish faux-leather backpack with all the bells and whistles, including a wireless power bank so you can charge devices on the go,” according to Baros. She loves that the backpack comes in four wearable colors, including bone, navy, charcoal, and camel, as well as the fact that it has a padded laptop-storage pocket. The bag is “really comfortable to carry, and it’s fairly lightweight, too,” Baros promises. $80 at Walmart

Sole Society Lacie Tote

Sole Society Lacie Tote $80

For another brand she can count on to find work bags that won’t break the bank, Baros also loves Sole Society. “They look expensive and they’re well made,” she says of the generally affordable brand’s line of products. Baros particularly likes the Lacie Tote, which has interior pockets to keep things organized and a detachable cross-body strap. In addition to the camel color shown, it’s available in cream, brown, and black — all of which feature the brand’s signature cheetah-print lining that can be found inside all of its bags. $80 at Sole Society

Best under-$150 work bags for women

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack $105

For a “sleek, stylish, structured” backpack that’s just north of $100, Everett-Ratcliffe suggests this vegan-leather option from Calpak. It has a separate, zippered back compartment to keep your laptop secure, a luggage sleeve, as well as several zippered pouches inside the main compartment that help keep the rest of your belongings organized. While the bag is available in classic colors like black and brown, it also comes in blush and mint if you prefer something a little less predictable. $105 at Nordstrom $105 at CALPAK

Baggu Soft Large Tote

Baggu Basic Tote $198 now 30% off $138 Photo: Retailer

If you prefer your tote bags to be longer than they are wide, product designer Sam Anderson suggests Baggu’s Basic Tote, which she says is “like Mary Poppins’s carpetbag, roomy enough for whatever I need, yet still small enough that I never feel I’m carrying something more than a purse.” She adds that the leather and finish age really well, so even oil stains and scratches give it beautiful character. “It’s low-maintenance, so versatile in its simplicity, and super cute.” $138 at Baggu

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote $145

For a waterproof option, Seattle-based knitwear designer and blogger Elisa Yip recommends this classic Longchamp tote. “The bag repels water to protect all my important stuff,” she says, including her iPad, phone, wallet, makeup bag, and eyeglasses. Yip adds that it’s also a great bag for traveling, since it can fold up and fit into a carry-on, making it a good choice if you’re someone who takes a lot of business trips. $145 at Nordstrom

Lo & Sons Hanover Deluxe 2 Travel Backpack

Lo & Sons Hanover Deluxe 2 Travel Backpack $123

Photographer Alice Gao told us that Lo & Sons makes her go-to backpack for working and traveling. While she admits that the bag isn’t the most aesthetically appealing option, when she’s schlepping all her photo gear and her laptop, it is the most practical. “The back of the backpack has a sleeve that slides over my luggage handles, which is a simple design godsend,” she says, adding that the design is “minimal enough and understated.” The company no longer makes the exact style she uses, but its Hanover Deluxe 2 Travel Backpack is extremely similar, down to the sleeve that slides over luggage handles that she loves so much. $123 at Lo & Sons

Pacific Tote Company

Pacific Tote Company “Big Sur” Zippered Tote $120 $120

This delightfully bright tote from Pacific Tote Company is what Man Repeller’s photographer and writer-at-large Edith Young relies on when working on photography projects that require her to fill her bag “to the brim with items of unwieldy shapes and sizes.” When it comes to that “particular game of packing Tetris,” Young says the Big Sur tote can’t be beat. “Come for the color-blocking, stay for the convenience of a zippered top on a tote bag (a deal-breaker when schlepping around the city),” she concludes. $120 at Pacific Tote Company

Best under-$200 work bags for women

Everlane The Day Market Tote

Everlane The Day Market Tote $175

According to Biz Lindsay, the director of brand marketing and communications at Flamingo, “Everlane’s Day Market Tote is all the right mix of things.” It’s roomy enough to carry a change of clothes and sneakers, but versatile enough to take from the gym to the office to after-work plans, she explains. And it comes in a range of neutral colors, including black, cognac, light taupe, red, and saddle. $175 at Everlane

Madewell Transport Tote

Madewell Transport Tote $168

“I do not have very exciting or expensive tastes in handbags,” says Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen.I just need a bag with a handle drop length, so I can shove it over my shoulder while wearing a puffy jacket that holds a laptop, water bottle, and all the toys my kids swear they want to play with that I get stuck carrying home.” She’s on her second or third Madewell Transport Tote, the most recent of which is a (now unavailable) rose-pink color. But the tote is still available in classic brown and black, which may be more office-appropriate for everyday wear. We also recommend taking advantage of Madewell’s complimentary personalization service: It’ll give you up to ten characters to play with, so feel free to go for your initials or favorite (short) phrase. $168 at Madewell

Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote $158

According to graphic designer Meagan Sapashe, this Madewell Transport Tote is “quite literally the perfect medium” because it’s big enough to fit all of her day-to-day necessities without being too bulky. It’s not as roomy as Perelman’s favorite Transport Tote, but like that tote, it has a minimal interior — only a single pocket — which makes it “easy to find what you are looking for,” she explains. One detail unique to this Transport Tote, however, is that it has two different sets of straps: Two short top handles, plus a detachable shoulder strap that allows you to wear it across your body. $158 at Madewell

Logan & Lenora Daytripper Tote

Logan & Lenora Daytripper Tote $150

Baros also told us about Logan & Lenora, a small, Denver-based bag brand that she says is “known for style and craftsmanship.” She says the brand’s lightweight Daytripper bag has a “cool yet classic look,” as well as a weatherproof, stain-resistant, machine-washable exterior made from a poly-canvas material. It also has top handles, a cross-body strap, and a luggage sleeve so you can carry it however is most comfortable on any given day. $150 at Logan & Lenora

Nisolo Simone Crossbody Shopper

Nisolo Simone Crossbody Shopper $158

This cross-body shopper caught the eye of former Strategist writer Lori Keong: “It’s crafted from sturdy vegetable-tanned leather, it’s distinctive but not so trendy that I’m spotting it everywhere on my commute to work, and the structured body means it has limits,” she says. “I’ll have just enough room for a laptop and magazine without the temptation to bury my house keys under a pile of snacks and hand creams.” While the cream color that Keong loves is currently sold out, the bag is still available in black and brown. $158 at Nisolo

Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote

Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote $195

Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson was a devoted Madewell Transport tote-user until one ill-fated trip to the airport, when the strap on her “(admittedly overstuffed) tote tore off” while she was waiting in the security line. She ordered this Cuyana bag from her phone on the spot, and calls it a “big upgrade” because of the zipper top and gold hardware, which adds more security and sophistication, she says. “The pebbled leather doesn’t show scratches or wear as easily, and it holds everything you’d need for a workday, and the gold hardware adds some polish.” $195 at Cuyana

Clyde Mirage Tote, Smoke Vinyl

Clyde Mirage Tote, Smoke Vinyl $198

This Clyde tote, suggested by fashion stylist Doria Santlofer, brings an unexpected touch to the classic wide work tote bag with its smoky vinyl material. If you’re worried about carrying a transparent bag to professional events, Santlofer says the bag is tinted enough to hide your personal effects. “Plus, it’s rainproof!” $198 at Clyde

Matt & Nat Fabi Faux Leather Backpack

Matt & Nat Fabi Faux Leather Backpack $185

If you are a devoted backpacker, visual branding stylist Libby Bartley loves this handsome (and vegan) Matt & Nat backpack, which she says is “ truly an essential part of my workday.” She notes that the bag has a lot of smart features, including adjustable straps, expandable gussets, and pockets for laptops and smartphones, making it “multifunctional for work and play,” as well as “a long-lasting investment.” $185 at Nordstrom $185 at Matt & Nat

Best under-$250 work bags for women

Everlane The Form Bag

Everlane The Form Bag $235

Dana Balch, an account supervisor at marketing film Ogilvy, told us she bought this bag after swearing off backpacks when her wallet was stolen out of her bag at a Shake Shack. This one not only easily fits her laptop but has an automatic magnet snap-closure at the top, so she never has to worry about her bag staying closed. Plus, “it doesn’t scuff easily and the strap is very comfortable, too,” she says. $235 at Everlane

Marc Jacobs The Tag Leather Tote

Marc Jacobs The Tag Leather Tote $395 now 40% off $237

If you prefer to keep your daily work essentials tightly edited — that means no laptops or gym clothes — a smart-looking purse can be a stylish (and lightweight) option. “My work bag right now is the Marc Jacobs Tag Tote,” says Jane Belfry, the founder of talent agency the Btwn. She likes that it comes in enough colors to not be boring and that “it’s not too ‘work-y’-looking to take out for drinks or dinner after.” Also to like: We found it on sale for 40 percent off at Bloomingdale’s. $237 at Bloomingdale’s

Coming of Age Iridescent Navy Tote Bag

Coming of Age Iridescent Navy Tote Bag $220

Santlofer also told us about Coming of Age, a New York–based brand that makes bags in shiny, colorful taffeta. “I love the iridescent gingham because why not look at something shiny on your way to work every day,” she says. She’s not the only fan of the brand: Designer Nikki Chasin recommended a different Coming of Age tote in our list of the best tote bags. Chasin told us she loves the bags’ “quirky shape and functionality,” as well as their gussets, which allow her “to fit a ton of stuff but still look chic.” We’ll take those two recommendations as a sign that a new status tote bag may be in the making. $220 at Coming of Age

Telfar Medium White Shopping Bag

Telfar Medium White Shopping Bag $202

Stylist and designer Alljahni Mack, who currently works at Kith and as a tailor at Nordstrom, says that Telfar’s Shopping Bag is one of her absolute favorites due to “its simple design and chic aesthetic” that she says can go with any style of dress. Our friends at the Cutrecently wrote about Telfar’s shopper, calling the style an “It” bag and describing its appeal this way: “A simple, boxy carryall with double shoulder straps and top handles, it comes in three sizes, costs between $150 and $257, and has become a symbol of group identity for young, creative New Yorkers, especially queer people and people of color.” Mack says that the medium size is just right for fitting one’s daily essentials and a laptop. While she notes the bag “comes in several colors, a few bolder than others,” the only in-stock option right now in the medium size is white. $202 at Telfar

Best splurge-worthy work bags for women

Dagne Dover Legend Tote

Dagne Dover Legend Tote $265

For a versatile bag with some serious structure, try this tote from Dagne Dover that “meets all the needs” of high-school assistant principal Jade Stenger. She trusts it to hold her digital camera, work folders, school supplies, snacks for her little one, and her travel coffee tumbler. A favorite feature, according to Stenger, is that the bag has many interior compartments to keep all those items safe and organized. $265 at Dagne Dover $265 at Nordstrom

Mlouye The Business Bag

Mlouye The Business Bag $465

According to Rachel Effendy, the global head of social and strategy at advertising firm Ralph, this bag “does it all.” “I can bring it on flights, to my client meetings, and then, eventually, to dinner with my girlfriends, all in one (without looking uptight). Basically, a day-to-night bag, but fashion.” The stylish bag is also big enough to hold a MacBook, as well as other essentials in its many compartments. $465 at Mlouye

Joseph & Stacey Shopper

Joseph & Stacey Shopper $380

Fashion stylist Vivid Wu calls this her “favorite everyday bag” because it is fashionable yet functional and has a turn-lock adjustable strap, which makes it easy to convert from a tote to a shoulder or cross-body bag when on the go, she says. “Don’t get me started on how minimalist and well-made it is, too,” she says, adding that it is “hands down the best handmade leather bag that screams luxury (but at an affordable price).” The snap-closure work bag also comes with a metallic detachable pouch that could double as a clutch, so it’s almost like getting two bags for the price of one. $380 at W Concept

Haerfest Small Backpack

Haerfest Small Backpack $265

Strategist managing editor Maxine Builder — a self-identified “big backpack person” — says the Haerfest backpack has become her “go-to.” One of her favorite features is its slightly hidden back panel, separate from the main compartment, that has its own zipper, making it a convenient place to store laptops. “But the Haerfest backpack also just looks and feels nice, sturdy yet sleek, and always comfortable to carry,” she adds. $265 at Haerfest

Angela Roi Eloise Satchel

Angela Roi Eloise Satchel $265

For a fancier vegan-leather option, blogger and graduate student Christina Sewell is a fan of this luxe satchel from Angela Roi. “This vegan-leather minimal bag is the perfect pairing for your everyday lady-boss getup that’ll easily transition from day to night.” It’s also cruelty- and sweatshop-free. $265 at Angela Roi

Studio 2 Bag

Studio 2 Bag $395

While this bag may cost the same as two months of membership dues at a luxury gym, Katheryn Thayer, Kickstarter’s brand content director, says it’s a must if you love to work out after (or before) work. “Caraa’s super-versatile ‘luxury sports bags’ are magical,” she promises, noting that the bag “has a million secret pockets, adjustable straps that convert to a backpack or over-the-shoulder weekender, and a big, cushiony pouch for my laptop. Plus, it zips fully closed.” Thayer adds that people stop her in the street to ask where she got it all the time. (If you’re just looking for a gym bag, we’ve got lots more options at various price points here.)

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