I have a job where I bring a stack of documents to and from work everyday, papers that are confidential and usually inside individual manila envelopes. About 5 to 6 of these a day. A messenger bag seems to be professional enough to carry these for the setting I work in. I don't wear a suit everyday to work, and I have another uniform to wear if not suited. My question is, are messenger bags only for commuting college students or idiots or can I actually buy a nice quality bag and not look like a fucking idiot? Any suggestions? Anything I should avoid?
>pic related, I like the color, but not the buckle/ snaps
I use this, the lighter color, it's awesome, i'm an architect so i deal with a lot of clients, from fancy upper class suit-wearing people, to average everyday clothes-construction workers, and this bag goes anywhere with everything. It's roomy and i don't think it looks idiotic or only for college students...so, if it works for you, you shouldn't give a shit about it.
I'm in a similar situation and can never seem to settle on a bag, but I like messenger bags best. Would be nice for someone more in the know to give some anti autistic bag tips. The social acceptability feels proportional to the price tag.
There's a lot of options out there, i think it doesn't need to be super expensive or something, but if you are looking for good leather or something like it, you are gonna have to spend something above 70-80 bucks...i think the ones made of fabric and/or canvas, look a little more on the student/tourist side.
I've gotten that feeling too. I travel infrequently and it would be convenient to have a bag for my tablet and a book, but will a leather bag in the 80-120 range hold up? Bag that >>10851501 linked seems solid.
Plus, if one day you don't have too much stuff you need to carry, canvas/cloth it's gonna get crumpled or lose its shape, it will look like a saggy diaper... leather doesn't do that, it mantains its shape, and still looks great
>if you are looking for good leather or something like it, you are gonna have to spend something above 70-80
try literally ten times that
the "midrange" price for leather bags like this is $400-$500, and just about all of the brands in that range will suffer from workmanship issues. On one hand, your saddleback bag will have uneven/missed stitches, and have leather thicker than armor, but on the other it'll be functional.
True, but there's even some cheap ones which aren't that bad, serve its purpose and look great, but i don't think you'll get anything leather or imitation leather for under $80...