Move Over Briefcase – The Business Backpack Is Top Pick for Professionals

Times are changing for business professionals. Gone are the days when the standard dress code means a suit and briefcase. This new tribe seeks something more versatile — and comfortable — for their workday commute.


Enter the business backpack.


The business backpack provides a fresh alternative to the one-armed carry of the briefcases, computer bags, and messenger bags. It gives professionals space to fit more than a laptop — because work-life balance isn’t just a catchphrase these days. After the 9-to-5 grind, people are logging off their computers, and logging in time at the gym or happy hour with colleagues and friends. Business backpacks provide the space necessary to accommodate wardrobe changes for hobbies, hangouts and more.


But it’s not just about more room — business backpacks are simply more comfortable to carry. With a business backpack, the weight is evenly distributed across your shoulders and back, relieving the stiff neck and back pain often associated with one-sided carry bags. How can you achieve work-life balance if your body is constantly out of balance from lugging around a bag on one side?


Skeptical of the business backpack trend? Look no further than the Wall Street Journal, which recently published a full front page feature story about it. According to the piece, “Sales of that segment increased 5% to $864 million between August 2016 and this past August, representing 48% of the entire U.S. backpack market.”


I know what you’re thinking – “How does a backpack say ‘professional’ instead of ‘first day of school?’”


Don’t worry.


At Mori, we do business backpacks with only professionals in mind. We carry the top brands in the sleekest styles at all price points. These backpacks will turn heads — without altering your professional status quo.


Take a look at some of our top picks and join the tribe!


Victorinox Altmont Professional Fliptop Laptop Backpack–dubbed the “minimalist” backpack, this unique carry all still has space for days.

Victorinox Altmont Professional Fliptop Laptop Backpack

Kenneth Cole Reaction “An Easy Pace” Checkpoint Friendly Backpack–an alternative for those who love to keep things functionally sleek.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Backpack

Samsonite Xenon 3.0 CheckpointFriendly Large Laptop Backpack–a roomier option for going from Wall Street to workout.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Backpack

Tumi Alpha 2 Compact Laptop Brief Pack–for the highly organized individual, without the added bulk.

Tumi Alpha 2 Compact Laptop Brief Pack

Briggs & Riley, The @Work Large Clamshell Backpack–comfortable and spacious for the day-tripper.

Briggs & Riley, The @Work Large Clamshell Backpack

Mori Daytrekr Leather Slim Contour Backpack–a slender statement piece that provides just what you need plus more.

Mori Daytrekr Leather Slim Contour Backpack


Want to Tell Your Client Thank You This Holiday Season? Do It With a Corporate Gift.

If you’re one more baseball hat or coffee mug away from being labeled Most Terrible Gift-Giver, this blog post is for you.


It’s true: corporate gift buying can be a pain. Also true: employees, clients, and team members are invaluable to your company’s success. Gift giving is a simple way to show gratitude, strengthen your relationships, and maintain loyalty. And there’s never a better time to express your gratitude with a corporate gift than during the holiday season.


If you’re feeling uninspired by corporate gifts this season, Mori is here to help.


Meet Candi Easterwood. Candi is the ecommerce store manager for Mori Luggage & Gifts, and she also leads the Corporate Gift Program.

Corporate Gifts Candi Easterwood

Candi’s going to help you put the fun in functional corporate gift giving this season by providing some tips and on-point gift selections for your team or clients this season. Oh and if you’re wondering about that leather beauty she’s holding in the photo — it’s a Mosaic Chester Square Flap Backpack, which can be embossed with your logo and makes an excellent gift for your team!


One of the best parts of Candi’s job is helping customers find just the right gift for their employees or clients. “I’m always armed with gift ideas — it’s what I do!” says Candi. “But it helps when I know a little more about the recipients, as well as the company’s goals when we discuss options.” When it comes to choosing the right gift, Candi says to consider the following:  


  • What’s a gift that you would like and use? You may not have the same taste as your recipient, but if you’re considering a gift that you’d never enjoy, keep on looking.


  • How much significance do you want to show? Is this a sentimental gift commemorating service or is it a simple thank you? The kind of gift you choose should reflect your intent.


  • Save hats and mugs for the tradeshow. Consider your recipient’s personal interests, or at the very least, choose something that is likely to be used daily.


  • Consider how you’ll personalize it. This could include choosing a gift that’s in line with the recipient’s hobbies or choosing an item that can be personalized with their initials.  


Once you have a direction for your gift it’s easier to select a well-suited option, whether you’re choosing on your own or contacting someone like Candi to help. Of course, selecting a gift is just the beginning. Personalization is where the extra magic happens. Typically, leather products allow for logo embossing. Mori will use a custom dye to create your logo on our leather products. We also provide free gold or silver initials monogramming on most leather items.


You’ll know you’ve nailed the right gift when it becomes so popular, others want it for themselves. “One of our biggest corporate gift givers is a college in Virginia that always gives senior football players a leather duffle bag with their football logo engraved,” says Candi. “Inevitably, a couple of the parents call back wanting one, too!”


Mori’s corporate gift giving service offers personalized support (from people like Candi!) to help you find the perfect gift, save big on quantity orders, and receive perks like free gift wrapping and fast shipping services (just in case you put it off for too long).


Want to know some of Mori’s most popular corporate gift selections? Check out the hottest Mori items for corporate gifts this season. Of course, these are all Candi approved.


The Dorado 18” Leather Duffel Bag comes in an assortment of colors like rich tan, chocolate brown, and black, and can be personalized with initials. This is perfect for members of your organization who travel frequently for company training and conferences. Continue reading “Want to Tell Your Client Thank You This Holiday Season? Do It With a Corporate Gift.” »

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts For Great Dads

I know you’re trying hard for the Pinterest perfect Father’s Day. You want your kids to make something meaningful but ugh, school’s out so that means the mess will be made in your kitchen instead of Art Class. How cute would it be to make him something with your child’s handprint but you just know the handprint will end up on the wall instead of the paper so . . .

Mori Luggage Fathers Day Gift Guide

It’s OK, really, to get him a gift. It doesn’t have to be a mug. It can be something meaningful and thoughtful. Whether your guy is serious or silly (or both), outdoorsy or prefers to geek out with his X-box, we have a few ideas for you:

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Every Mom

What do moms really want for Mother’s Day — in addition to peace and quiet, of course? (Let us know when someone figures out how to bottle that magic.) To find out, we took an unofficial social media poll of different kinds of moms and created this nifty little gift guide for Mother’s Day. We made sure to give you enough options to please even the pickiest of moms in your life — even if that’s you.

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Gift Ideas for Men – 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


christmas gift idea for man


Unless you have room for ANOTHER big screen TV or the latest gadget, men can seem impossible to buy for. What do you get the guy who shrugs and says he doesn’t need anything when you ask for ideas? SOCKS! The answer is always GET HIM SOCKS. 😉

To try and get to the bottom of this age-old conundrum, we convened our first-ever Mori Men’s Council (i.e. we asked our expert buyers and shopping associates) and came up with some ideas for you.

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