6 Lunch Boxes That Are Too Cool for School

When it comes to childhood memory and style icons, the lunch box usually ranks high up on the list. I sometimes get nostalgic for those metal or plastic boxes emblazoned with cartoon characters or superheroes, but obviously, lugging a Spiderman lunch box and a matching thermos to work may raise a few eyebrows. It shouldn’t stop you from bringing a packed lunch to the office, though, so here are some classy, chic and stylish lunch boxes that will give you another reason to look forward to that coveted lunch hour…

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This beautiful handcrafted lunch box, made from aluminum and nickel rivets, may be the perfect example of form meets function: it’s roomy enough to hold your packed lunch, sturdy enough for you to sit on it while enjoying your food, and really sleek to look at. In short, a beautiful, functional object that develops character over the years. Manufactured in Canada, this lunch box also sports a removable wire to hold your beverage.

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Arizona-based Lifetime Leather Co. has created this elegant lunch sack that is a far cry from the crumply paper bag you’d normally dump your lunch in. Handcrafted from vintage leather, the lunch sack is washable and keeps your food warm or cold thanks to its thermal interior liner.

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And if you aren’t a fan of leather, this waxed canvas lunch tote by Artifact Bag Co. is a snazzy alternative. It’s a work of craftsmanship with its leather straps and copper rivets. Opening your lunch sack has never looked cooler than this.

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Designer Li Jianye gently urges you to eat healthier with her Nutrition Pyramid Lunch Box. The triangular lunch box has three partitions for the different food groups and their suggested quantities – meat, veggies, and carbohydrates. No more excuses for not eating healthy.

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A wooden lunch box, leather straps, custom drink holder… what’s not to love? Designed by the creative duo Neils van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe as part of their ‘Usuals’ collection, where they re-examine common day items, this is a guaranteed conversation starter in the lunch room.

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Leave your workload at your desk and have a stress-free lunch break with this minimalist bento box, whose design and shape hints at zen and peace. Handmade in Kyoto, Japan, it sports two stackable containers and an elastic band. It isn’t dishwasher-friendly, but it’s a small price to pay for its beauty and simplicity.