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The Distressed

The Distressed

Regular price $259
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  • Full Grain Leather
  • Up to 17 Inch Laptops
  • Free & Fast Shipping
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Purpose Built for the Rough and Ready Man.


This leather messenger bag is crafted to give you that authentic look you crave. Made from the finest quality leather available*, this eco-friendly, full grain, buffalo distressed leather briefcase is constructed using specially selected leather that is tanned naturally - without the use of chemicals.

And it's not just a fashion piece either, this distressed leather laptop bag is also incredibly practical. You can easily fit up to a 17 inch laptop in the padded compartment, and there's loads more room for your tablet, files, documents, cables, chargers, books, pens and just about anything else the professional needs to carry.

This distressed leather bag is created with durable, extra thick, buffalo leather and with a comfortable, removable shoulder strap. You’ll know The Distressed is with you for the long haul.

*Please note that this bag can vary in color and texture due to the use of all natural leather. It is possible that the color of the bag you receive will vary slightly from the photos provided on this page.


  • Made from full grain buffalo leather - distressed style
  • Available in 16 and 18 inch widths
  • Lined with high quality canvas material
  • High-quality hardware and concealed snap closures safely secure the bag
  • Durable adjustable leather carrying strap can be disconnected
  • Two outer front pockets plus multiple large compartments inside for your laptop, computer accessories and more
  • Padded laptop sleeve 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: 4lbs
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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 23 reviews
Excellent bag

The bag looks great, appears to be well built, and is comfortable to have on the shoulder or in hand. I bought this bag specificity to carry a Dell Alienware 17 inch laptop around. That laptop has the following dimensions: Height: 1.181" (29.9mm) x Width: 16.7" (424mm) x Depth: 13.1" (332mm). The laptop and the 330 watt power supply fit easily, securely, and there is room for a book, notpad, and a few other things too.

Thank you, we are delighted you like it :)

Amazing craftsmanship and quality. Beautiful bag

Purchased this bag for my husband who has been teaching many years. He loves the look of the bag, I love it too but it also feels so incredible to touch and the “roughed up” ruggedness is a great touch. The bag holds a lot of things. Great purchase, excellent craftsmanship. It would make a great gift.

Thank you for your lovely review.

This bag gets more compliments than any laptop bag I have ever had!

It is a work of art and carries all my 17" gaming laptop gear: headset, controller, giant trackball, cooling fan stand, power supply, usb charger, Thunderbolt 4GB external drive and all the cables and dongles! Plus it has a zip pouch in the back to put documents. Take it from a 30 year Harley rider - this is exactly what I was looking for in a leather bag! I bought 3 for my Fire Team!

EDIT Sep 2022: would recommend grabbing the leather cream too. Attached is an example of what the bag looks like with the cream - much more premium looking if that's what you're going for!!!

Thank you Tim! We're glad you like it.

Fantastic Bas

It is sturdy, and holds two computers and accessories I have to tote around. Gets many compliments. The zipper exceeds expectations as it closes even when stuffing it full without failing. One of the best bags I have owned at a reasonable price. I will be buying more from this company.

Thanks Mike!

Timothy Richardt
Nothing Stressed About The Distressed

A great satchel for my son's birthday gift prior to his return to college after Summer break. Strong, durable, yet supple. Looks well worn while actually really tough, strong. Love it! The only thing else I would like for myself is a Real Leather motorcycle backpack or seat-pack. Would love such a useful and reliable pack made by Real Leather.... Wonder if you guys could make that for me and for others?

Thanks Timothy, that's great to read! Your comments have been passed on to our team for review, thank you for the feedback!

Jayson Moss
Excellent Product

I was very pleased when I received the Bison. Very good quality craftsmanship. The bag exceeded my expectations.

Thanks Jayson!

David Schnelly
Beyond Satisfied

The product is beautiful, workmanship and finish of the leather is fantastic. As good as the product is, the service from Real Leather is even better. Shipping was timely, I had some questions, and the responses were prompt, and all my questions were answered to my complete satisfaction. I would recommend your products unreservedly!

That's so great to read, thank you David!

Peter Estrada
Gorgeous and Stylish

Got the bag and love it. A little smaller than my former bag but just made me prioritize. Starting to show some wear and tear in the leather giving natural aged look. If you want something a little compact with a great look and sturdy feel get this!

Thanks Peter! We're delighted to hear that.

Alexis Khrino


Thanks Alexis!

The Distressed Leather Satchel is the Highest-Quality Accessory!!!

When I first saw this satchel advertised on the Real Leather Company site, I knew I had to have it. It's even more exquisite in person. The leather is thick and substantial, with a distressed finish that makes it stand out among other business accessories. It's a professional bag with an accent all its own.

Amazing thanks Roxanne!