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The daily grind, the 9 to 5, bringing home the bacon... why not do it in style with a nod to heritage values and craftsmanship? Here are bags that'll stay with you from the start of the day, to punching out-  from day one to your retirement party, these are briefcases, messenger bags and travel essentials built to last through every meeting, showing, merger and promotion of your career. Burnish the leather, and develop a patina in the solid brass in gear made by hand in Duluth, MN, and built for business.

Work Bags

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  • Correspondent

    $285.00

    Just like a professional journalist, the Frost River Correspondent Briefcase is rugged, reliable and will hold up in tough spots. Its good looks and charm combine with a reliable reputation of quality to instill confidence. The integrity of robust...

  • No.652 Flight Bag Carry-on,  soft-sided waxed canvas luggage

    Flight Bag

    $200.00

     Aaah... the beauty of pure function! Nothing fancy here, just a simple waxed canvas bag with premium leather, solid brass hardware and room to pack neatly or cram stuff in- depending on the time frame and nature of your escape. Available in...

  • Pilot Brief

    $290.00

    Aircraft operational Manual? Check. Navigational manual? Check. Airport Diagrams? Check. Pilots routinely need to carry several big bulky binders and manuals. Our Pilot Brief is big enough to haul a small library of charts, regulations and aircraft...

  • Heritage Brief

    $320.00

    A briefcase that evokes the charisma of working professionals of a different age. The Heritage proudly stands as it's loaded and unloaded. The leather top is distinctive, and rest assured, it will age with character and grace. Logical internal layout...

  • Explorer Duffel Medium No.701 by Frost River is made from 'field tan' colored waxed canvas. It comes with a shoulder strap and wide green cotton webbing.

    Explorer Duffel Bag

    $210.00

    Our most robust duffel bags, the Explorers are built to handle heavy loads. Tough, wide, web handles go around the circumference of the bag. There's a dust flap over the main zipper to protect the opening and keep contents dry. A roomy pocket on the side...

  • Single Briefcase

    $260.00

    Leather and waxed canvas combine with solid brass to make a classically styled briefcase. Twin exterior slip pockets allow a spot for paperwork, an interior divider isolates a laptop or other files. The standard organizer panel offers a place for...

  • Document Briefcase

    $250.00

    Imagine a job where you could ride your horse to work: the open range, tumbleweed, purple sage and glorious sunrises. But let’s say your job was still in an office — this is the briefcase you’d want to mount up with. It’s built...

  • Carrier Brief Messenger Bag No.891 by Frost River. The waxed canvas is a brown / green color called 'Field Tan' the wide green cotton web strap is adjustable and long enough (generally) to wear the bag across the body. Brown leather straps attach to solid brass buckles to keep the main flap closed. This and all Frost River bags are made in Duluth, Minnesota in the USA.

    Carrier Brief Messenger Bag

    $145.00

    Frost River Carrier Review from David Hoole on Vimeo.   The modern messenger bag presents an option to a backpack “slung” a over a shoulder. We build the Carrier Brief in three versions, each offers functional styling combined with...

  • Simple Brief

    $175.00

    Our base model briefcase— All waxed canvas, all cotton web, with a little bit of brass, it is pure function. A slip pocket is set inside for a laptop, or to isolate folders. There's also an organizer panel to keep everything where it belongs. The...

  • Little Manitou Shoulder Bag

    Manitou Shoulder Bag

    $140.00

    A bag for action, the Big Manitou has big quick access front pockets, a big quick access main compartment and lots of organization. A leather shoulder strap and leather flap accent give this shoulder bag enough class for the boardroom, while the Frost...

  • Vintage Messenger Bag

    $220.00

    Frost River Carrier Review from David Hoole on Vimeo. This full featured shoulder bag brings the messenger bag to a higher level. Borrowing elements from the Vintage pack, a pair of premium leather flapstraps go up and over the main flap of the bag...

  • North Bay Daypack

    $150.00

    “There is nothing like the big open water of North Bay with a little steam rising off it on a clear, calm morning to begin a long Quetico adventure.” -Adam Macht, a canoe country guide at Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, MN. Our North Bay...

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    Itinerant Daypack

    $170.00

    “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by frost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) If your ranging requires a trusty pack the Itinerant lives up...

  • Kadunce Messenger Bag

    $175.00

    Downhill, out of the ancient rocky crags of Minnesota’s North Shore, under Highway 61, and into Lake Superior, the Kadunce River carries its water to the big lake. Our Kadunce Messenger Bag also has enduring northwoods character, shares a name with...

  • Voyageur Backpack

    $285.00

    Here’s a handcrafted bag, well equipped for most any intrepid adventure. The crossover design works great for an outdoor lifestyle that requires travel luggage, trips across town for meetings, as well as a backpack for hauling adventure gear out...

  • Padfolio

    $110.00

    The Padfolio will become a humble extension of your home office, given half a chance. It won’t hold your laptop, or even a cup of coffee, but it serves as an exquisite writing desk. Use it as a file drawer for recipes, outgoing mail, business...

  • O.E. Portfolio

    $100.00

    "The quintessential organizing tool for educators in the field." -Environmental/Outdoor Education Instructor The O.E. Portfolio is a handy attache aimed at outdoor educators. Zip closure keeps contents where they belong. Waxed canvas construction offers...

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    Lake Superior Tote

    $180.00

    Our top of the line tote, named after a top of the line Lake. The Lake Superior is part tote and part briefcase. Outside, the waxed canvas will stay looking good for years. The premium leather will break-in and show character as you put miles of...

  • Messenger Portfolio

    $90.00

    A really nice folder, or a really slim briefcase—whichever way you look at the Messenger Portfolio, it's pared down to the basics—canvas, leather and a zipper. It could be used to make a stunning presentation for a document. It could carry...

  • Insert Organizer

    $50.00

    One of our more creative customers asked us to make a custom insert for his Frost River briefcase. He wanted more internal pockets and a place to isolate his laptop. We came up with the Briefcase insert organizer. It is unpadded, has pockets around the...