Need to lug a whole lot of gear but think you’re a few too many years away from the homecoming dance to be using a backpack? Then it’s time to graduate to an over-the-shoulder bag. Since gaining more favor with major men’s fashion lines, men’s bags have lost the ‘man-purse’ label and have become more versatile. Here we’ll take a look at some very stylish (and functional) messenger and laptop bags for spring.
Ogio Vault S
The Ogio Vault S has understated cool to go along with its supreme functionality. With more straps and buckles than that “fun” ex-girlfriend you had in college, this laptop bag has padded compartments for all your office needs on the go, and is capable of comfortably holding laptops up to 15″. Even when filled, the profile on this bag will not stop being slim and badass.
Manhattan Portage Vintage Messenger Bag
This bag has a classic and clean look — stylish enough for a junior executive, but hardy enough to handle the abuse a bike courier would dish out. The bag is made with Cordura™ nylon which makes it water and spill resistant, keeping your laptop, textbooks (which can cost as much as a laptop), and your various other whathaveyou’s out of the drink.
Coach Hamptons Canvas Messenger
Made of canvas and lined with Coach’s signature supple Soft Port leather, and available in three colors, the Hampton Canvas messenger bag is a bold, yet sophisticated, way to move your stuff around. With an array of pockets and snap closed compartments along with a central section for a 15″ laptop, this sleek bag is appropriate for the boardroom as well as the conference table at Starbucks.
Fossil’s Jackson E/W Messenger
Want to look like Indiana Jones without having to outrun massive boulders or generally get off your couch? Then you’ll love the Jackson E/W messenger from Fossil. Made of buttery pebbled leather, this bag has all the room you’ll need for work, school, or exploring a lost civilization in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The generous padded compartments are big enough to hold even the most lustrous of ancient treasures. Or your MacBook.
Hudson Olive Wax Messenger
From Ernest Alexander, a line that specializes in hip men’s bags and accessories, comes the Hudson Olive Wax Messenger bag. Made from waxed canvas a material that (like a fine spirit) gathers a unique and charming weathered look as it ages, giving the bag further personality and style. It has a supportive 2-inch strap, but also provides a brief handle if you want to give your shoulder a break. Or if you’re sick of people seeing what good taste you have.
SailorBags Sail Cloth Computer Bag
Built to last, SailorBags is a company that’s makes great looking bags from sailing cloth and other hardy sea-faring materials. SailorBags’ sail cloth computer bags are guaranteed for life and the company offers custom embroidery to add a personal touch (might I suggest a Jolly Roger?). These bags have a fine attention to detail and come in a timeless nautical design that works for everything from an intense bike ride to a weekend at the regatta.