The Best Messenger Bags for Lugging Around Your Stuff in Style

While it’s perfectly fine to carry a few essentials around in your pockets, the technological necessities of the modern day (laptops and tablets and headphones — oh my!) render pockets alone pretty useless. The solution? A good old-fashioned messenger bag, the ideal everyday carry for toting around all the things you need.

Looking for a little satchel inspiration?  Check out some of our favorites, which we’ve assembled for your reading pleasure below.

Cole Haan – $99
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With a subtle, pebbled finish, this leather messenger bag from Cole Haan is an excellent option for the guy with simple tastes. The straightforward design is outfitted with a foldable flap secured by a magnetic closure, an adjustable shoulder strap, and an interior featuring a multitude of different sized pockets.

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Peak Design – $200
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The 15” Everyday Messenger from Peak Design is a satchel that truly lives up to its name. A functional construction boasting a multi-paneled exterior, removable dividers, and a roomy interior make this the perfect bag for anyone who’s everyday essentials add up to more than just a laptop or a planner.

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WP Standard – $295
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For something a little more old school, consider this vintage-inspired bag from WP Standard. Built with full-grain vegetable tanned leather, the pack evokes a worldly aesthetic guaranteed to turn heads on your morning commute. Plus, it’s also practically made, with pockets for everything you need to get through the workday.

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Herschel – $70
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If you think you might need something more durable than a leather satchel, check out the Odell messenger bag from Herschel. Made entirely of polyester, this bag’s been designed to weather whatever challenges life might throw its way, all while donning a sleek, minimalist look.

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Shinola – $795
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While it’s certainly a little pricey, the E/W Messenger from Shinola is well worth it in our opinion. Not only is this bag built with luxurious Navigator leather (an oil-infused material known for its rich hue that deepens overtime), but it also features hand-stitching and an assortment of spacious interior pockets.

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Timbuk2 – $218
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The Proof Laptop Messenger is a no-fuss accessory for the man who means business. The bag is packed with functional goodies, including an internal organizer for writing implements, a large interior that can house a 13” laptop as well as a comfortable cross-body strap. Another great feature? It comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Fjallraven – $110
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Constructed with a heavy-duty blend of polyester and cotton, this messenger from Fjallraven is about as classic as it gets. Once unbuckled, the single exterior flap reveals a pair of cozy front pockets and a large interior compartment that can hold a 15” laptop. Subtle design details compliment the structure, making this a solid pick for anyone.

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Looking for a bigger bag? Try your hand at carrying one of these great travel duffels.

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