I know you’ve posted about laptop/work bags before, but most of your suggestions are sold out. Could you give us some fresh ideas?
Let’s start with the bag I carry on trips, that Miss M carries to work every.single.day and that my Mom hauls all of her teaching/coaching stuff in: The Lo & Sons O.M.G bag. You can read my full review here, but I really love mine and it’s held up quite well.
Beyond that, I know many, many lawyers who swear by the Rebecca Minkoff Knocked Up bag (it’s a diaper bag, but who cares?). The bag is so beloved my mothers and professionals alike that when it came back on the market this spring after a two-year (?) absence it sold out in days. You can still find it on the Minkoff website for $550, or on Amazon for $395.
Also in the investment/graduation gift category is the Lodis Audrey Brera Bag (which I lust after), this London leather tote and the Coach Legacy Leather Tote. In the under-$150 category, try this leather messenger, this nylon Ben Minkoff bag or this Kate Spade.
If you can’t find the perfect laptop bag, I recommend you buy a padded sleeve (like this one from Built or this one from Obey) and investing in a larger satchel or tote. I like this bag from Sydney Love, this large box satchel (looks like it would hold a 13″ notebook) and this GIANT Knomo bag.