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When it comes to timeless handbag designs the messenger bag is pretty high on our list. Just like with a lot of other fashion pieces, its initial goal was far from glamorous—make the life of the average worker easier. Known also as courier bags, they were carried around by postmen who found them comfortable and big enough to fit people’s mail.
As decades went by and more people adopted the style in their everyday lives, designers also took notice. The familiar flap silhouette was re-invented and so was its canvas construction, replaced by luxury leather.
Nowadays, the old courier bag is one of the most popular and loved styles by men (and women, for that matter). They are practical, easy to carry, fit a lot, and can look professional enough to be worn to the office.
And with high-end companies such as Givenchy and Dior creating their own messengers, you can count on a contemporary design produced from the finest materials.
Now check out our favorite messenger bags to shop right now.
Loewe Milit S Leather And Suede-trimmed Striped Canvas Messenger Bag
Loewe’s messenger bag is perfect for spring and summer. It is made from a combination of suede, leather, and white and blue striped canvas.
To buy: $1,950, mrporter.com
Mulberry Heritage Pebble-grain Leather Messenger Bag
Inspired by some of the brand’s past styles, this office-appropriate messenger bag oozes timeless elegance. It’s crafted from olive-hued pebbled leather and features a front zipped pocket and a back patch pocket.
To buy: $675, mrporter.com
Shinola Slim Leather Messenger Bag
Shinola’s leather messenger bag sports classic design wrapped in a slim silhouette.
To buy: $695, shinola.com
Fendi Lui Messenger Bag
This sleek black calf leather messenger from Fendi has two top handles and a back zip pocket. The company’s signature Bag Bugs eyes are also present thanks to the two front studs.
To buy: $3,390, farfetch.com
Bottega Veneta Woven Messenger Bag
This stylish messenger features Bottega Veneta’s iconic intrecciato woven pattern and is crafted in Italy from premium calf leather.
To buy: $2,790, farfetch.com
Givenchy Pandora Messenger Bag
Givenchy’s popular Pandora handbag has a cool men’s version that sports the same cube-inspired shape, a top handle, and a detachable shoulder strap.
To buy: $1,990, farfetch.com
Dior Oblique Messenger Bag
Dior’s ultra-stylish messenger is meant to be worn rather high—crossways around your chest. It is made in Italy from canvas and calfskin leather and features another iconic element for the house—the saddle.
To buy: $1,900, dior.com
Bally Parko Leather Messenger Bag
Now’s the time to wear some color and with this Bally messenger, you’re sure to do it in style. The bag dons a classic silhouette with a buckle closure and has a large unlined main compartment as well as a zippered pocket.
To buy: $1,725, bally.com
Burberry Large 1983 Check Link Camera Bag
This messenger sports one of Burberry’s vintage check patterns accented by stylish leather trim and a polished metal plaque with the company’s name on it.
To buy: $1,190, burberry.com