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The Retro

The Retro

Regular price $249
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"A great bag, with many pockets, including a protected pocket for a laptop or iPad. Beautiful craftsmanship too." - Linda, The Retro customer

  • Full Grain Leather
  • Up to 17 Inch Laptops
  • Free & Fast Shipping
  • Fast & Secure Checkout
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That Retro Charm


Some things never go out of style, and The Retro from The Real Leather Company is one of them. Back in the day, quality was king and convenience was his queen. But today, us men are hard-pressed to find a full grain leather bag that suits our needs in today’s world.

That all changes with The Retro. This full grain leather briefcase is like the savvy personal assistant dreams are made of. He’s made from the right stuff, will stick with you through thick and think, and will never complain – no matter how much you ask him to carry around.

Each Retro full grain leather messenger bag is painstakingly made at the hands of artisans and true gentlemen like you. We know what men need in a laptop bag – and when we couldn’t find it, we made it.

The definition of a real bag for a real man.


  • Made from full grain leather
  • Available in 16 and 18 inch widths
  • High-quality hardware and concealed locks safely secure the bag
  • Durable adjustable leather carrying strap can be disconnected
  • Multiple outer pockets, one zipper pocket at the back, plus two extra large compartments inside for computer accessories and more
  • 2 padded laptop sleeves fits up to 17-inch screen display laptops (diagonal measurement)


  • Dimensions:
    • 16 Inch Width: 16" L x 12" H x 4.5" W (fits up to 15" laptop)
    • 18 Inch Width: 18" L x 13" H x 5" W  (fits up to 17" laptop)
  • Weight: 2.5lbs

It’s Flexible

Whether you’re grinding at the office or jet-setting across Europe, The Retro is the companion you can’t move without.He’s got more than enough room to carry all of your daily essentials, like notebooks, pens, your laptop, iPad, and more.

And when the time comes to flip the switch from business to leisure, The Retro will be up for the challenge – giving you plenty of room to organize your passports, travel docs, and spare socks.

It Cares

Like any worthy sidekick, The Retro truly gives a sack. With a protected pocket for your laptop or iPad, the things that go bump in the night (or on an airplane) won’t leave you with costly dents to repair.

This leather briefcase for men is professional enough for black tie business, but casual enough to rock it when the tie loosens up at happy hour.

It’s A Symbol of Craftsmanship

There’s no shortage of leather messenger bags on the market - but there’s only one Retro.

Travel back to a time when superior craftsmanship was a given, and quality was a promise. The Retro is the quintessential leather messenger bag made from the finest quality leather on our side of the world.

In fact, we’re talking about full grain buffalo leather lovingly prepared by artisans who’ve been doing this for decades.

It’s Comfortable

Manly rugged looks are all good and well, but no one wants a companion that makes them feel…awkward. The Retro is quite the opposite.

With a removal shoulder strap (which you probably won’t want to remove) this leather briefcase for men makes sure you’re comfy and feeling good whenever you’re in his presence.

In fact, he’ll be so comfortable on your body, you’ll likely forget he’s there – until you need those spare socks we spoke about earlier.

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Learn how to pair your new leather bag for work and leisure.

Elevate your style with the 50+ leather bag outfit ideas featured in this lookbook*.

Get outfit inspiration to:

  1. Impress your colleagues with workweek wins
  2. Wow your friends with casual cool looks
  3. Look stylish for weekend exploration with adventure-ready looks

All while keeping it simple, quick, and affordable for all body shapes and sizes.

*please note the lookbook will be automatically added to cart for all orders over $100.

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We think you’ll love your new leather bag. But just in case it’s not quite right - all customers are protected by The Real Leather Guarantee.

With The Real Leather Guarantee, you can shop confidently, knowing that you have a whole 30 days to decide if your leather bag is everything you dreamed of.

With the option to return your order within 30 days, you can make your decision with full peace of mind.

Your most common questions

Shipping and returns

All orders are eligible for Free Shipping to the US. Our best selling items are also eligible for free shipping to the UK and paid shipping to Canada.

Most orders are processed and shipped within 1-3 business days of receipt.

All purchases from our store come with The Real Leather Guarantee.

Got your eye on something? Try it out for 30 days. If it's not for you, return it to us and we'll refund your order. And we promise, no hard feelings!

When will I get my order?

The current typical delivery time of this item to the US, Canada and the UK is between 2-5 business days.

Will my device fit?

The Device Fit on this item is: Up to 17 Inch Laptops

Not sure if your device will fit into this leather bag? Here we’ll show you how to find out step by step:

  1. Get something to measure your device with. A tape measure will work great.
  2. Find the bottom left corner of your device screen.
  3. Now, follow the screen with your eyes until you reach the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Take a tape measure and carefully measure the distance from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Measure only the screen part. Ignore the frame or the black edge around the screen (that's called the bezel).
  6. Write down the number you measured and round down to the nearest whole number. E.g. 15.6” becomes 15” and 17.2” becomes 17”. This is your screen size in inches.
  7. Compare this number to the Device Fit number above.
  8. If the number you measured is smaller than or equal to the Device Fit number above, then it fits - great!
  9. If the number you measured is larger than the Device Fit number above, then it won’t fit comfortably. We recommend going back through our collection of bags and filtering by the Device Fit number you need.


I measured my laptop screen size and rounded the result as instructed. My screen size is 14 inches. All bags marked as Up to 15 Inch Laptops will fit my laptop.

Will this bag fit me?

We understand that finding the perfect leather bag can be a concern, especially when it comes to fitting different body shapes and sizes. Our bags are designed to accommodate adults of all sizes, and we have taken special measures to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Our leather bags are thoughtfully crafted to fit all sizes of humans comfortably.

Most of our bags feature adjustable shoulder straps that can be extended from 25 inches to 49 inches. This wide range ensures that the bag can be easily customized to fit your unique body shape and size. Whether you're petite, tall, or somewhere in between, you can adjust the strap to find the perfect fit.

Will this bag be too heavy for me?

We understand the importance of comfort when carrying your belongings. Bags made from real leather are slightly heavier than most other materials. That’s why we've made adjusting the shoulder straps on our bags quick and easy.

The design of the adjustable straps are user-friendly and hassle-free, so you won't have to spend a lot of time trying to get the right fit. Once you find your ideal strap length, you can easily secure it in place, allowing you to effortlessly carry the bag with maximum comfort and style.

How do I look after my bag?

Treating a real leather bag with care can extend its life by years.

We recommend following our full Leather Care Secrets guide to preserve your leather bag.

Use a good leather care kit once or twice per year to prevent your bag becoming dry or cracked. We recommend using this all natural leather care kit for our bags.

Be sure to take the time to care properly for your leather. If you do, your bag can have a good, long life.

Can I get it monogrammed?

At this time, we do not provide monogramming or embossing services. However, all our bags can be monogrammed by most leather working dealers. We recommend taking our bags to your local dealer for more information.

Can I get it wet?

Wherever possible, avoid damp or moisture on your leather bag. We know this is not always possible, so if your bag does get wet, here's what you do.

If you spill something on it, blot away the moisture with a clean dry cloth as quickly as you're able to.

Caught in a rainstorm? Be sure to let your leather bag completely air dry and do not use a heat source to speed up the drying (this can damage the leather). Stuff the bag with newspaper to help the bag keep its shape and absorb moisture from the inside.

Will my bag smell bad when I get it?

As this bag is made from real leather, it is likely to emit a strong, natural leather smell when you first receive it. This will fade over time.

Should this smell not be to your liking, we recommend airing out your bag in a cool, dry climate for 48 hours.

Can this leather bag be made with custom dimensions?

We are able to make some leather bags in our collection with custom dimensions.

If you are interested in this service, please contact us, providing the model requested and the desired dimensions. If this is currently possible, we will then provide a quote.

Please note that any custom bags ordered this way are strictly made-to-order, so will take a little longer to get to you and will be more expensive than the similar model on our site. All custom orders are final and returns cannot be accepted.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Worth it

After about 6 months of wear and tear this bag feels better than when it first arrived. I've been pretty rough on it and it's held up well. The color, stitching, buckles, and zippers continue to hold and it fits a lot of stuff. My laptop, books, pens, and notepads all fit. It's been wet, left in the heat, and left in the cold and it still looks and feels good. From my perspective and experience - it's worth the price.

Thanks Credence, that's terrific to hear!

great bag

I bought this as a gift for my dad, he loves it! Would highly recommend this bag and real leather company - they were great in answering all my questions.

Thanks Harris, that's great to hear!

Karen Anderson
Grad Gift

My son absolutely loves this bag. I got it for him for college graduation

Thanks Karen!

Paul kelsey

The Retro

Thanks Paul!

Sherry Gambitta
Great Briefcase

Great briefcase! Luxurious, fine leather.

Brilliant, thanks Sherry!!

Tonatiuh Calderon

The Retro

Thanks Tonatuih, we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review!

raymond sanchez
Leather bag

Great product, superb quality.

Thanks Raymond, we're delighted to hear that!

Robert Mello

Great satchel! Durable, professional, and solid!

Thanks Robert!

Annette Fernandez
Beautiful briefcases

I ordered 3 different briefcases for different purposes.
They are all lovely: beautiful quality leather, excellent workmanship, packed very well, and quick shipping.
Each case has its distinct characteristics, but all well made and functional.
All 3 will stay here at home with me. They will be used as needed for different purposes: work (my husband and I are both working as teachers right now.) and for carrying personal documents and devices.
We highly recommend the briefcases from the Real Leather Company.
A. Fernández
Austin, Texas

That's great to hear Annette, we are delighted to read your positive review of your three bags.

Joshua Brown

I love the uniqueness of it, the fact it’s handmade. Simply Quality.

Thanks Josh! We appreciate you taking the time.