7 Messenger Bags for Commuting in Style

In the '90s, it was the "man purse." (Both Friends and Seinfeld designated episodes to poke fun at the trend.) Now, the messenger bag has fully grown into its own—no longer a fad, but a bona fide style essential. Herein, our editors' favorite picks for bags you can haul around all week long.

Navy blue messenger bag with brown leather trim. photo

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Remix Brief by Bleu De Chauffe

On the inside of every bag from Bleu De Chauffe, there's a signed-and-dated label from the craftsman who made the thing. Yes, each bag is yours. We're head over heels for the Remix leather-trimmed brief, which is constructed from Cordura canvas—a nearly impenetrable variation on typical canvas that also happens to be resistant to blemishes. Add in the lightly distressed leather straps, sexy brass trimmings, and a healthy amount of internal pockets, and you've got a bag for any situation. ($400; mrporter.com)

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Vintage tan laptpo case with multiple compartments inside. photo

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Jackson Messenger by Want Les Essentiels

The military-inspired Jackson Messenger, from Want Les Essentiels, is the bag for the organized man. (Or for the man who wants to be organized.) It comes with internal and external pouch pockets, for keeping everything tidy, and an internal buckled laptop sleeve. And don't even get us started on that vintage tan. ($495; wantlesessentiels.com)

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Brown Ralph Lauren messenger bag with dark leather strap. photo

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Roughout Leather Messenger bag by RRL

Did you know that Ralph Lauren has a fully-operating cattle ranch in the Colorado Rockies? Well, he does, and get this: His brand's high-end bags are actually constructed from leather sourced straight from that ranch. Our favorite? The Roughout messenger, from RRL, which is saddled with an assortment of organizational pockets—and comes in a super-smooth light java color. ($1200; ralphlauren.com)

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Mountain brown canvas messenger bag with multiple front pockets. photo

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Colonial Messenger Bag by Belstaff

Pockets on pockets on pockets—that's what you get with the Colonial messenger, from Belstaff. (Four spacious external ones and a bottomless internal one, to be exact.) You also get an envy-inducing bag done-up in a luxurious, lightly burnished, cognac-toned canvas. ($495; farfetch.com)

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Nightflight Messenger Bag by Montblanc

For all you fellas in high-precipitation climates (hi, Seattle!), Montblanc's Nightflight messenger is the bag for you. It's pure nylon; rain, sleet, snow—all precipitation just rolls off. Plus, it's jet black, and you know what that means: This bag effortlessly pairs with everything! ($680; bloomingdales.com)

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Tan messenger bag with two front buckles and red, white and black pattern. photo

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Canvas Check Messenger by Burberry

We're utterly enamored with Burberry's trademark check; from coats to scarves to suit linings, it works on more or less any item in your wardrobe. Need proof? Just look at their canvas messenger bag, which displays the signature pattern front-and-center and is sure to turn heads throughout your entire commute. ($795; burberry.com)

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Brown cotton messenger bag with two front buckles and brown leather straps. photo

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Graham EW Messenger by Fossil

For those in a more casual environment, leather, suede, and waxwear might be too ostentatious. So spring for something cotton, like Fossil's Graham EW messenger. It's a relaxed option that comes with all the trimmings of a higher-end bag—burnished leather straps, sparkling brass buckles, that sort of thing. ($148; fossil.com)

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