After months of the majority of the UK having to work at home, offices are slowly opening back up and life is returning back to normal. However, a lot of things have changed and many people have begun to favour the working from home lifestyle, including cafes, libraries and other public spaces. Along with this comes more people needing correct protective gear to avoid damaging their laptops, which usually have a heavy price tag! The laptop case market has come a long way, with now many shops offering high quality, functional and fashionable products.
I have handpicked my top 10 recommended brands and their cases for all different types of people and styles, so everyone has a choice! From a vegan and sustainable buyer to a minimalist shopper, I have included a style perfect for you. So after so many months of working from home, I think you should invest in a perfect laptop case, protecting your belongings but also elevating your style.
AFFORDABLE CHOICE: Matalan Laptop Insert Tote Bag - £16
Although this bag may not be too harsh on the wallet, the affordable price tag definitely does not take away from the stylish and practical design. This tote bag, featuring a handy pocket for storing your laptop, would make the perfect new companion on your working day as you commute between spaces whilst not making any sacrifices to your outfit.
STYLISH CHOICE: George Mock Croc Chain Detail Laptop Bag - £20
This laptop bag from George at ASDA may seem like a cheap option but the quality is still there with paneled patent, suede effect and mock croc design and gold effect hardware included on the chain and ring front detail. Its structured design means it will be great at protecting your valuable tech as it is designed to suitably fit all laptops, tablets and documents. This bag has two handles in addition to a detachable adjustable crossbody strap so it makes it convenient to carry every day. Not only that, but this bag is also vegan so it is a great, inexpensive option if you’re looking for a non-leather alternative!
FUN FLORAL CHOICE: Paperchase Floral Print Laptop Bag - £25
Paperchase also offers some affordable options that will be perfect for keeping your expensive devices safe and sound. This bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap and front pocket so it is great for on the go and taking with you wherever your commute may be now. This floral print design adds something a little bit more unique to the average laptop bag that is bound to brighten your day!
VEGAN/ SUSTAINABLE CHOICE: Matt and Nat Laptop Sleeve - £40
This brand started forming in 1995 as a passion and awe for the world that surrounds us was triggered in Montreal. Their motto is, “Live beautifully” which encourages appreciation of humanity, creativity and positivity that can be found in all of us and they value social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and love.
The inspiration of Matt and Nat (from MAT(T)erial and NATure) allows you to explore the connection between the two and how they reflect on one another. The influence of this can be seen in the products they have to sell as the textures and hue of nature can be seen across their designs.
As an alternative option to the leather laptop cases I’ve mentioned, Matt and Nat had been committed from the outset to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Since this initial decision, they have continued to explore new innovative ways to keep their brand sustainable and eco-friendly each season. This has led to them experimenting with different recyclable materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. Also, since 2007, they have been producing linings that are made only out of 100% recycled plastic bottles which has helped over 9 million plastics to be recycled annually.
COLOURFUL & PLAYFUL CHOICE - AMARA Pink Flamingos Laptop Case - £40
Carry your laptop in style with this Pink Flamingos laptop case from Wouf. Made from water repellent canvas and a 5mm foam protection on each side this laptop case will form as great protection for your laptop. It is compatible with a 13” laptop, so check the dimensions of yours before purchasing, but this would be such a fun, colourful and vibrant option if it fits! Printed with an on-trend pink flamingos design against a blue backdrop, it is finished with secure zip closure.
FUNCTIONAL CHOICE: Rains Laptop Portfolio - £49
As a brand, Rains celebrates the element of which their products are designed to protect their wearer from: rain. The brand has created an opportunity to reclaim the worm from something that connotes discomfort and inconvenience and instead to a celebration of the opportunity that comes with a rainy day.
Rains set out to rethink and innovate rainwear in 2012 and relaunched with just one product: a poncho but then the season after they launched with a full collection that included apparel, bags and accessories. Each collection now combines rainwear archives with a new and revitalised design so Rains can continue to provide products that mix function with fashion.
This laptop portfolio from Rains uses its signature waterproof fabric and has a top flap closure with hidden magnetic fastenings for extra security to protect your laptop. This particular product is designed with a little extra room so it’s perfect for slightly larger laptops too!
HIGH-QUALITY LEATHER CHOICE: ASALI Leather Laptop Case - £65
My top choice has to be the laptop cases available on ASALI. ASALI is a family run business that was created by Mindy Arora, not only an entrepreneur and marketing guru, but also a busy mum. Her brand represents luxury and authenticity, with the name ASALI meaning ‘genuine’ in Hindu.
ASALI kindly gifted one of their laptop cases and since receiving it, it is clear that the quality of their products is a reflection of the brand’s authenticity and reliability. Despite its main function to protect your devices, assisted by a thicker lining, this case was still so soft because of the high-quality leather it was made with and the added handle makes it even more convenient and comfortable to use.
From weekender bags to wash bags, laptop sleeves to accessories, there is a whole host of classic yet elegant pieces to choose from at ASALI that you will be putting on your wish list soon enough. They offer a whole range of genuine leather premium products, for both him and her, available in multiple leather types including embossed, Nappa and Italian to name a few.
In addition to the subtle embossing of the ASALI logo, selected items from the range can also be personalised to make each piece a little more unique to each customer. These bags have become so desirable and popular amongst ASALI customers recently as their loyal customer base has grown, even catching the attention of celebrities like Carol Vorderman, Philip Schofield and Theo Paphitis.
And that’s not all… ASALI are also actively giving back to charity and proudly support the RAF Benevolent Fund and RAF Association by donating a percentage of their profits of sales, and by giving products to their various charity events.
Also, if you use the code ‘ASALI5’ when you shop online you will get £5 off when you make a purchase over £20 from their website! Why wouldn’t you want to get yourself a new laptop case?
MULTI-USE CHOICE: Knomo Body Organiser - £79
The products sold on Knomo are known as ‘bags that work for a less ordinary life’ as they believe at Knomom that a varied life is a life fulfilled. So, it’s no wonder their designs offer practical yet stylish options of bags that help people to defy monotony and break the typical daily routine.
Among their abundance of bags, they also sell laptop cases that ‘act the business, look the part’. As well as this, the materials they use are carefully sourced and incorporated into a detailed design to provide a product you can make the most of with claims that it is built to last until you say so.
The organisational compartments elevate this from a beautiful bag to a capable, distinctive accessory that works and has a purpose too. The carefully thought out design means you can wave goodbye to lost travel cards and tangled earphones and instead find everything you need in an instant.
MINIMALISTIC CHOICE: Harber London Slim Leather Folio Laptop Case - £99
Harber London is another family-run brand that produces leather goods whilst focusing their efforts on creating honest, high quality and functional products that are handcrafted for your use in everyday life.
The products at Harber London are designed with their unique point of view and style in mind as a way to reflect how the brand aims to make improvements to the small moments in your day and they don’t stop until they get it right.
Harber London’s laptop sleeves are made from responsibly sourced, hard-wearing premium materials to ensure that they last you a lifetime of happy service. This, combined with the highly skilled craftsmanship and love that goes into the production of their products, Harber London are able to make these minimalistic but beautiful laptop sleeves that are the perfect size for every digital device.
INVESTMENT CHOICE: Maxwell-Scott Leather Laptop Briefcase Bag - £432
Simple yet smart, the Calvino is the most expensive of our picks in the form of a modern briefcase bag. Handcrafted from the finest Italian leather, it will remain a timeless piece in your working wardrobe that will be used every day so it is worth it if you make the investment. The interior has a padded laptop section large enough to fit a 15” Macbook Pro, a zipped pocket and two additional open pockets. This provides space to properly organise your working essentials whilst keeping them safe. The wide zip opening provides easy access and an exterior pocket with magnetic closure allows for additional space, making the Calvino everything you need from a leather business briefcase. A stylish investment for the discerning professional, this luxury briefcase is sure to become a treasured accessory, also making it a great gift for a loved one.
I know buying a laptop case may not be the most exciting purchase you can think of but with these fashionable options, it definitely makes it better! These cases are functional but can also be used for you to elevate your outfit, with a metropolitan and professional hint. Functionality never goes out of style!