If you’re one of the many joining the ranks of independent workers then you definitely need a great laptop bag. The bags in this list come from some of the top manufacturers and are built to exacting standards. Each comes with a padded section to make sure your tech gets to its destination in one piece. First up on our list is a leather beauty from one of our favorite companies, Hardgraft.

Hardgraft 2UNFOLD Laptop Bag

On a hot day back in SUMMER 2007, just returning from Paris and soothed by the sound of the train on the tracks, the first design of the original 2Unfold Laptop Bag ($765) was created by Hardgraft. Over the years they’ve had slight variations, used various leathers and colors and improved it to its current glory. A Hardgraft INSTANT CLASSIC.

This MULTI-USE leather laptop bag has the proportions to be as versatile as possible – you can easily carry up to a 17” laptop and more in the bag as a BRIEFCASE, SHOULDERBAG or BACKPACK. Fold it in half into a MESSENGER BAG or FOLIO and carry a 13” laptop and more. Measuring 36 X 50 X 6 CM (14″ x 20” x 2.5”) and inside 34 x 41 cm (13” x 16”). The veg tan leather and wool shoulder strap is removable. Made in Italy.

Hardgraft Backpack M. Volume One

Hardgraft is detail-obsessed to the very last stitch, and the Hardgraft Backpack M. Volume One Laptop Bag ($395) oozes unconventional thinking – look closely how they designed the FLOATING ZIPPER, see the tonal herringbone webbing handle wrap around the top of the bag, check out the front pocket and the softly padded shoulder straps.

the Volume One is made in Italy with ALL ITALIAN MATERIALS. They sourced an extremely DURABLE Italian suede, developed a color complimenting deeply structured cotton herringbone webbing and finished it off with PREMIUM hardware. The small oak brown backpack measures 40 x 30 x 15 cm / 16” x 12” x 6” and features two external zip pockets. Inside you’ll find one padded LAPTOP COMPARTMENT and one zip pocket. The soft shoulder straps can be fixed to length by tying casual knots into the ends.

Booq Cobra Squeeze Laptop Backpack

The slick Cobra Squeeze Laptop Backpack ($183) is packed with plenty of storage capacity. With a premium interior, soft laptop compartment, it has more pockets than you can shake a stick at. Even though this bag is crafted from durable water-repelling Bionic fabric and is loaded with features, its contoured design and sleek lines not to cramp your style or weigh you down. Small on the outside with a surprising amount of interior storage, this backpack is ideal to protect your MacBook, iPad and accessories on your daily commute through town. Made from 47% recycled Pet and 53% cotton, the bag’s exterior is likely one the greatest features of this bag, certainly one we are very proud of. Weatherproof and rugged yet smooth, this fabric pulls off an old-school look (and feel.) utilizing some of the most refined sustainable manufacturing processes around.

Incase Icon Laptop Pack

Building on their heritage of over 15 years in innovation and design, the Incase ICON Collection is the latest evolution in their mission to create tech-optimized carrying solutions designed to meet the demands of like-minded creative around the globe. The Incase ICON Laptop Pack ($141) is the cornerstone product in this collection. It’s simply the best backpack we’ve ever made. With dedicated compartments for your MacBook, iPad and iPhone, along with intelligent organization for extra accessories and other essentials, this tech-optimized pack is designed to handle any situation. Airflow channels engineered into the compression molded back panel and padded shoulder straps with multiple adjustment points provide a customizable fit and stable support while on the move with your gear.

Aer Fit Laptop Backpack 2

The Aer Fit Laptop Backpack 2 ($135) is compact gym/work backpack. The Fit Pack 2 stores your gym/work essentials without adding extra bulk. Stylish and functional, this versatile daypack goes with you to the office, gym and everywhere in between.

• 1680D Cordura® ballistic nylon exterior
• YKK® Japanese zippers
• Duraflex® plastic hardware
• Front-load main compartment for spacious storage and easy access
• Ventilated shoe compartment (fits up to men’s size 13 shoes)
• Padded laptop pocket (fits up to 15.6” laptop)
• Quick-access top pocket for small valuables
• Multiple internal pockets for accessories
• Padded mesh back panel for enhanced comfort and breathability
• Sternum strap for comfort and stability