Considering picking up a leather messenger bag for yourself or for a friend?
Before you do, it’s important you’re sure you’re buying the right type of messenger bag. Leather messenger bags should not only give you the look you want, but also do what you need them to do. These are the types of questions and requirements you should be thinking about before buying:
- Does it carry my 15 inch laptop?
- Is there room for my gym gear?
- Will it fit under the seat in front of me on an airplane?
- Is the bag going to be too heavy to carry longer distances?
Depending on which type of messenger bag you choose, the answers to the above will differ. In order to get what you want out of a leather messenger bag, it’s important that you know the differences between the types available. Read on to find out our best leather messenger bags for men in 2020.
Traditional Leather Messenger Bags
These are tried and tested companions. Essentially, any bag with a crossbody strap and a flap cover can be considered a messenger bag.
These bags are often the largest variants and may be up to 18-20 inches long. If you’re looking in this category, think carefully about what you’re going to be putting into this bag as these variants can get heavy. These are a great choice for those who are looking to store all their gear for the day in a fashionable, yet practical bag.
If you’re looking for a combination of high class design with real practical interior space, check out The Sitka buffalo leather messenger bag. If you’re looking for something a bit more rough and ready, The Distressed traditional leather messenger bag is a great option.
Briefcase Leather Messenger Bags
The ultimate in leather sophistication, briefcase messenger bags are perfect for making the right first impression. First day at a new job? Just got promoted? Meeting new clients? Leather briefcases make the right first impression every time.
These items are designed to hold larger files and laptops, along with pens, business cards, cables and anything else the modern professional needs.
You can usually go 2 routes with leather briefcases. Smaller leather briefcases, like The Bridgeport are light, easy to carry and can usually hold your laptop and a couple of files. These are ideal for trips to business meetings.
The other option is a larger leather briefcase like The Morgan. These will hold enough gear for a busy day going to and from the office. They are a little heavier, but will ensure you can carry everything you need.
Laptop Leather Messenger Bags
Often slightly smaller variants, these bags are all about securing and protecting your laptop. Usually, they are created more for work than leisure and may have sections for papers, business cards and pens. Ideal for a working week, these bags can be the perfect Monday to Friday companion.
If you go down this route, be sure to look for a messenger bag with a padded laptop compartment and read the sizing extra carefully. Most online stores like ours will list the laptop fit with a diagonal screen measurement (so go find that tape measure before you buy!).
If you’re looking for something along these lines, we find this laptop leather messenger bag fits laptops nicely, whilst still being small enough for a comfortable everyday carry.
Satchel Leather Messenger Bags
Designed to be compact, satchel leather messenger bags are about carrying just the essentials. Ideal for travelling, satchels are perfect if you’re just planning to carry a book and a laptop for an airplane journey.
These leather messenger bags are beautiful in their simplicity and often come with a clean and minimalist, full flap design. Be sure to still look at the measurements as you may still want to fit your laptop in one of these. We find The Prime leather satchel is great for those looking for a bag in this category.
Be sure to pick up the type of leather messenger bag that works best for what you need it to do. Look for something that is not only the style you’re looking for, but is also practical too. If you take the time to do this, you may just find your leather messenger bag is your everyday companion for years to come.
If you found this guide to our best leather messenger bags for men 2020 useful, check out our full collection of leather messenger bags.