Best Work-to-Weekend Handbags, August 2013

A bag built for everyday needs to be practical enough to carry all the essentials—laptop, keys, phone, extra cash for tipping the valet—yet still set him or her apart at board meetings. Dean, the leather accessories store at Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction, puts an edgy spin on the typical shoulder bag with its handcrafted briefcases and messenger totes as well as weekenders in office-appropriate black and chocolate brown. Recycling fanatics will appreciate the wallets and checkbooks fashioned from old leather jackets. For an added dash of personality, consider the roomy, conical duffle that screams “I’m going places”—whether it’s across an ocean or up the corporate ladder.

Best Man Bags, September 2005

The proliferation of today’s mobile must-haves has long since exceeded the capacity of a man’s pockets. The well-dressed male must now confront the trickiest accessory in the non-fairer-sex wardrobe: the man bag. To our surprise we found a cache of nifty ’70s camera bags made of stylish yet gender-appropriate, weather-resistant black (or brown) pleather in the superfunky environs of Frank’s Highland Park Camera. They’re a steal at $10 apiece but might be a tad too downmarket for a night out, which led us to Dean. in Silver Lake. The shop makes a chic and discreet Latigo leather messenger bag (in eight shades) that would look smart on you whether you’re going on a job interview or cashing in your IRA.