Types of bags – a complete list


Duffel bag, atletic bag, shoulder bag or satchel? Each bag seems to have a name for it, and unless you’re a certified bag connoisseur (if there is such a thing) it’s too easy to make a mistake. Let us help! Here’s an overview of different types of bags.

Athletic bag: a soft, roomy bag used to carry sporting equipment and apparel.


Backpack: a bag that lies across the back and is supported by wearer’s shoulders with double handles. You can wear it on one or both shoulders.


Baguette Bag: a rectangular bag that reminds a baguette in shape (doh!). It is long from side to side and small from top to bottom.


Bowling Bag: just like the name suggests, it’s a bag that was originally intended for holding a bowling ball, and which later became a fashion item. The one on the photo is by GG2g, an eco-friendly maker.


Bucket bag: a bag shaped like a bucket, usually has an open top and a shoulder strap.


Clutch Bag: a small but long evening bag without a handle. May feature jewels, crystals, etc. The one on the photo is upcycled by Flor7 and available on Etsy.


Duffel Bag: A large bag usually used for travel or sports. The name comes from Duffel, a town in Belgium where the fabric used to make the bag originated. Duffel bags are sometimes called sea bags due to their popularity among sailors.


Envelope bag: a flat, square or rectangular bag with a triangle-shaped top flap that folds over like an envelope.

Fold over clutch: a clutch with or without a handle that can be tucked or folded.


Hobo Bag: a roomy crescent-shaped, or just large, shoulder bag with a main compartment closure. The one on the photo is upcycled and available on EcoFashions.


Laptop bag: like the name suggests this is a bag meant for carrying a laptop computer. Good laptop bags have a separate compartment for a charger, like our upcycled laptop bag.


Messenger Bag: a roomy bag with a long strap that lies across the body, winds around the chest and rests the bag on the lower back. Usually made of high quality, durable and water-resistant materials. We make upcycled messenger bags out of decomissioned fire hoses.

Messenger bag

Minaudiere: A small ornamental case for a woman’s cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.


Satchel: a handbag with a wide, flat bottom and double handles. Satchel can be large or small.


Shoulder bag: a bag of any size and shape that comes with a shoulder strap. We make upcycled shoulder bags our or written of fire hoses.

Yellow shoulder bag

Sling Bag: a small bag with a long strap, similar to a messenger bag but much smaller.

Tote Bag: a large bag with two handles, often used for shopping. This upcycled tote bag is our own making.

Gray tote bag
Wristlet: a clutch shaped bag that comes with a leather or bracelet-looking strap allowing you to use your hands freely. This one from Ecoist.