While it is true that the vast majority of my male readers fall under a demographic that’s yet to be acknowledged in my country, there are a handful of heterosexual men who do email me asking me for simple, straightforward bags that a) look good, b) function well, c) are affordable and d) not something that’s made of nylon.
With that in mind, one of the bags I would recommend is the Mulberry Rockley Satchel, which now comes in a part-suede, part-canvas combo that’s pretty rugged. Measuring 38 cm by 31 cm, a comfortable size for work or play, it’s big enough for a laptop as well, fitting nicely into a padded compartment that’s built within just for tech gadgets.
Priced at GBP750 online via Mulberry, the fact that it also comes with a removable/adjustable shoulder strap should tick yet another box. In other words, it pretty much meets all your basic criteria and a tad more.