The Best American Made Messenger Bags
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Whether you're heading to school or work or you're an actual messenger delivering important letters and packages to eager clientele, a messenger bag can be your most trusted ally. These eight bags all offer protection for your personal belongings and convenience of portability for every situation. Quality design and construction are on display in every one of these options and we have bags that are suitable for any budget, all of which are made proudly in the U.S.
1. Orvis Gokey Leather Shell Bag
This is one of the more expensive options on our list but we think it's completely worth it. Orvis makes a messenger bag that is intended for use clay shooting, offering enough room for 100 shells. Of course, you can use it for anything else you'd prefer within its 400 cubic inches of space, measuring 8 inches high by 10 inches wide by 5 inches deep. Made of genuine leather, the bag has a simple, classic aesthetic with a leather shoulder strap and solid brass at the buckle. You can even personalize the bag with your embossed initials for a customized appearance.
2. Mission Workshop Monty Messenger Bag
Mission Workshop is an all-American brand based in San Francisco that has been turning out quality products for the past two decades. Their Monty messenger bag is a fine example of the superior craftsmanship and rugged resilience that is synonymous with the brand, offering weatherproof protection for all of the belongings you need to carry with you throughout the day. If that includes a laptop, then this is the bag for you as it can fit a 15 inch version in the main compartment or a smaller laptop or tablet in the front zippered pocket. Two fast-access cargo pockets along the exterior and one zippered interior pouch let you keep the small stuff organized and easily accessible.
3. Allen Edmonds Men's Grain Messenger Bag
Allen Edmonds makes our list with this 100% grain leather messenger bag equipped with soft polyester lining and a magnetic-flap closure to safeguard your belongings from falling out as you hustle from one destination to the next throughout the day. The adjustable shoulder strap measures 23 inches and the bag itself measures 11.5 inches in height. Two-tone grain gives the bag a distinctive aesthetic that is classically stylish making it perfect for business or pleasure use.
4. Orvis Cast Croc Bootlegger Messenger Bag
The second bag from Orvis to make the list features a faux-crocodile embossed top flap on a fine leather Gokey bag that resembles the first one we've featured above. Antiqued solid brass hardware and bootlegger leather complete the picture of this 729 cubic inch bag that measures 11 ¾ inches high by 15.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep. It's a bag that shows a bit more pizzazz and character than some of the others we are featuring here, with a price tag to match.
5. Timbuk2 Dashboard Laptop Messenger Bag
This is the second bag from San Francisco-based Timbuk2 which has been making excellent bags, backpacks, and travel accessories since 1989. But with so many great options being offered up, how do you choose? In addition to the Command messenger bag, we also like their Dashboard bag which is designed to accommodate all of your electronic devices with easily organized accessibility. So load up your laptop, your tablet, your phone, and all of their cords and accessories to take with you. The bag offers sturdy resilience and tender loving security with a combination of 90% Polyethylene foam and 10% Polyethylene vinyl acetate and it keeps a low profile on your shoulder as you make your way through the busiest of days.
6. Harveys Women's Mini Messenger Bag
Now here's something pretty cool. Harveys makes a messenger bag that brings plenty of size and functionality with a uniquely fascinating aesthetic. This bag is made almost entirely of seatbelt material, hand woven in cross-hatch styling and fully lined for added protection. An inner slip pocket offers organizational storage for small items that need to be reached on the fly and the zip top closure prevents anything from falling out on the go. The bag measures 10 inches high by 10 inches wide and has a 25 inch drop with the shoulder cross body strap attached.
7. Rugged Material Vintage Laptop Briefcase
When your company is named Rugged Material, you better make a heavy-duty product. That's just what they've done here with their leather messenger briefcase bag, made from full grain leather to for long-lasting functionality and all metal hardware to keep the bag secure, it offers plenty of pockets and pouches to keep you completely organized. It can accommodate a 14 inch laptop, most standard size tablets, smartphone, even files and paperwork as well as a few pens for when you need to write down important information. Best of all, Rugged Material offers a lifetime guarantee that your bag will last for as long as you own it.