Want to know the easiest way to keep your life organized when you’re on the go? It’s simple, invest in a stylish messenger bag.
From the classroom to the boardroom, these bags are equipped to carry everything you need. They also serve a great fashion accessory. Rest assured they won’t be mistake for a purse. In fact, they are quite the opposite.
You may be surprised to know that men’s messenger bags have more than just one style. You’ve got the tote, camera bag, holdall, briefcase, and others to choose from. Each has its own size and shape; pick whichever suits your daily lifestyle the best.
Below are some great men’s messenger bags you’ll really like. From the luxurious, yet pricey stamped leather to the more conservative and casual canvas.
Best Men’s Messenger Bags
1. Passion Leather Messenger Bag
If you’re a big fan of leather, you’re going to love this. 100% genuine leather, but more specifically 3-4oz vegetable tanned goat leather. Not only does it look beautiful but it’s also built to last a long time.
Keep in mind it’s a larger briefcase bag and will carry a lot of cargo. Things like a 17″ laptop and multiple textbooks fit inside with absolute ease. Plus thanks to the size it will stand upright on its own.
2. Kenneth Cole Risky Business
A messenger bag built just for the businessman. Go ahead, carry it to the classroom or boardroom. The dark brown leather is sure to suit virtually any style. It’s ample interior room will store everything from files, notepads, and laptops, making it perfect meeting to meeting.
Now, I have to say Kenneth Cole really hit it out of the bark park when it comes down to the quality and craftsmanship of this bag. The rich leather is thick and feels sturdy, yet it is still super soft, almost like butter to the touch.
It has compartments nearly everywhere you look: 3 business or credit card slots, 2 pen holders, and even a cell phone holder on the left pocket. And that’s just for starters, there’s also a nice back pocket for slipping in things like magazines, folders and any other paperwork.
Keep in mind it is a smaller sized bag, best suited for men who carry around laptops in the 10″ range. The storage room narrower than most, but if you prefer a lighter, slimmer bag and you like exceptional leather work and stitching to match, then you’ve found the right one.
3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Good Bag
A good men’s messenger bag indeed. The Good bag comes in three colors, each made with full grain cowhide leather: Brown, Black and Tan. But no matter what you go with, just know it’s perhaps one of the best bags for iPads. Consider it a media bag if you will, perfect for CDs, keys, ID badges, and envelopes among countless other things.
The two most noticeable things about this bag other than it’s charming fine leather is the magnetic front flap and permanent shoulder strap. The front flaps magnet is exceptionally strong and keeps everything exactly where it needs to be: inside.
The shoulder strap is padded and adjustable but consider the fact that it is permanent and can’t be removed. A nice touch would have been to add a handle to the top of the Good bag, but for what it’s worth, I can’t honestly complain.
4. Frye Logan Messenger Bag
Spacious and stylish, the Logan messenger bag by Frye features beautiful leather work and ample room to keep everything organized. It comes in your preference of two finishes, Dark brown (Antique Dark Brown) and light brown (Antique Cognac), both of which are exceptional choices.
The outer leather is soft and has a worn-in, distressed appearance to it. Overall, it’s a more vintage look, but indeed still fitting for the professional businessman. The leather strap is long enough to sling over your shoulder with ease, and adjusts from 9 inches to an impressive 21 inches. Plus you can also hang the Frye Logan messenger bag cross-body style too.
As far as the interior of this bag goes, you may be surprised to know it looks a lot smaller than it really is. In person it will easily store legal size folders and laptops in the range of 13.3 inches and slightly larger. There’s also two inside pockets for tucking away things like business cards, pens and anything else you might need on-the-go. In the middle you’ll find one more pocket; only this one includes a zipper to secure your items in place.
The only real downside you’ll find is the missing exterior pocket. It’s there of course, but it remains hidden under the top button down flap. Don’t think of it as a dealer breaker though, because this bag definitely delivers in terms of everything else.
5. Navali Mainstay Leather Bag
Super simple, rugged style. The Navali Mainstay messenger bag looks excellent from both inside and out. Full-grain leather covers the exterior with thick brass zippers, and a magnetic flap closure. The interior is generously lined with cotton and comfortable houses laptops up to 13″.
Other than the remarkable design, one thing you’ll appreciate is the lifetime warranty Navali offers. It’s great to see companies standing behind their products.
6. Everest Casual Messenger Bag
Casual, simple and lightweight; it’s what you’ll find from this Everest bag. It’s big on quality with a solid construction and strong magnetic snaps. To match the 100% polyester fabric in charcoal gives it a rugged, masculine appearance.
With two outer pockets and one interior zip with two slip pockets, it will fit just about anything securely. It’s large enough to accommodate laptops up to 14″ in size making it perfect if you carry around a 13″ Macbook or iPad. Now you can technically fit a 15″ laptop inside but it’s going to be quite a squeeze on the canvas.
What makes this messenger bag so appealing aside from it’s simplistic design is the price.
7. Herschel Supply Co Mill
A more rugged approach to the messenger bag. Meet the Mill by Herschel Supply Co. It starts with polyester and nylon for tough, long-lasting durability. But rest assured, your cargo will be safe thanks to thick inner padding which provides ample cushioning and shock protection.
Should you happen to be someone who wants to travel around with their laptop, then you’ve found the right bag. Herschel Supply Co played close attention to this aspect of the design and built a dedicated sleeve just for laptops. This sleeve comfortably houses laptops within 15″ of size like the larger Macbook Pro.
On the inside of this messenger bag you’ll find two mesh organizes and a larger enclosed pocket. All of which can be closed with a zipper. On the outside there’s even more room for storing your things with front and rear zippered pockets. These hold way more than you’d originally expect them to.
The overall style is bold, but still very nice to look at. It’s small touches like the full grain leather zipper pulls and the top handle that make this bag stand out. You’ll be hard pressed to find something else that’s this strong and of comfortable to wear around, but it does have a few limitations.
Although things like the padded shoulder straps are wonderful additions, you might not like the thin nature of the pockets. Shifting around your headphones, sunglasses, and pens can be at times the only way to get everything to fit snug.
8. Knomo London Warwick
The biggest thing you’ll enjoy about the London Warwick bag is the massive amount of space you have to store just about anything you can imagine. The padded compartment will comfortably fit most larger laptops, around 15″ in size. Plus the double compartment is a perfect way to stay organized and keep all your belongings in the right place.
Where this messenger bag really shines though, is the fine attention to the small details. It’s a full-grain leather bag, and of course soft and smooth to the touch, but take a moment and you’ll notice the heavy duty zippers and hardware. The top handles are heavy duty but still look professional. Plus there’s even a back pocket for slipping it over a trolley handle.
Overall, it’s a practical briefcase that delivers big on convenience! Knomo blended design with function to create something that’s all its own. No matter where you go or what you need to carry, it’s one stylish bag that is without a doubt, sure to keep up with you.
9. Salvatore Ferragmo Stamped Bag
For when you want to go all out. It certainly costs more than most, but no matter how you look at it, this is one attractive bag. The grid of stamped Gancini brands stands out well with the contrasting smooth-finished lower leather sections.
This Salvatore Ferragamo bag is on the medium size and fits laptops under 13″ in size. It’s also made in Italy with antiqued palladium hardware, a sliding adjustable shoulder strap, and exceptional craftsmanship where it counts the most.
10. Tumi Alpha Bravo Men’s Bag
Compact and casual, the Tumi Alpha Bravo ranks among the best in its class. The ballistic nylon construction has a soft coating and offers impressive durability. It’s water-resistant and tear-resistant; not to mention extremely lightweight.
On the outside of the bag you’ll find an endless number of colors to choose from. No matter what your personal sense of style, the nice selection is sure to suit it. Other touches include the front Tumi logo patch which is made of leather and easy sliding synthetic zippers.
It’s a slimmer messenger bag but you’ll be surprised at the amount of space it has to offer. The outer compartments is large enough to hold things like your iPad and documents.