Briefcase Alternatives: 7 Messenger Bags for Men to Carry This Season

Looking for a new messenger bag? These options will keep you organized and stylish, wherever the day takes you.

by Donna Freydkin
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A messenger bag is a product of deceptively simple beauty. Unlike the traditional briefcase, messenger bags are built for comfort and convenience, and their crossbody straps and flap closures make them ideal for toting around everything from laptops to your tupperwared lunch. (This is probably why so many diaper bags for dads are now being sold in the messenger style.) You can strap them on and commute anywhere on a bike, though messenger bags — originally designed for speed, durability, and comfort — are ideal for any kind of travel, with handy enclosures that make it easy to toggle between pockets holding laptops, water bottles, and toiletries as you make your way through TSA. And most of all, if you invest in a quality messenger bag, it will last for years — and only get better with age. If you’re looking for a stylish men’s bag to match all your needs, we’ve found seven messenger bags, from leather to canvas to rip-stop nylon, that are worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

Messenger Bags for Men

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