How To Choose The Right Messenger Bag

July 21, 2014 4 min read

So you want a nice messenger bag but have no idea how to choose a quality bag that is right for your needs.  Our team at Jack Georges has compiled the ultimate guide to help you choose the right messenger!



1.    Most people take the same essentials whenever they carry a bag.  Be sure that you choose a bag that fits those items properly.  Unless you want the added flexibility, if you choose a bag that is too large for your needs, you will almost inevitably start carrying extra things that you don’t really need.  Some people choose a smaller bag to help them reduce the amount of items that they carry – this only works if you’re honest with yourself about being able to reduce the clutter or you may quickly regret choosing a small bag.

2.    Choose a bag that has enough organizational pockets to fit the items that you carry.  If you’re lugging a laptop with you wherever you go, make sure there is a place for its power pack.  If you also carry a tablet and other mobile devices, you need to be sure that there is a pocket for them as well.

3.    Messenger bags will work perfectly well in more formal work environments if the style and color of the bag matches the way you dress.  Look for colors that compliment your shoes.  The dressier your clothes, the simpler and cleaner the design of the bag should be.

4.    Leather adds to the quality, durability, and sophistication of a bag and the image it portrays about the person carrying it.  Fabric bags with leather trim will help keep weight down without sacrificing style but if you need longevity, then a full-leather bag is best. 

5.    If you’re looking for extra security, choose a bag that allows you to zip the bag beneath the flap.  This is especially helpful for commuters on public transportation but is also very useful if you normally throw the bag around and don’t want things sliding out during a commute on a bus, train, plane, or even in your car.




For those with a casual style, the 1531 Slim messenger bag from our SOHO collection is soft-structured, contemporary, and practical.  Fashioned from tumble-milled American Steer Hide, the full-grain uncorrected leather allows the bag to keep its full strength and durability.  Polished, pliable, and sleek this messenger bag offers a classic style that is preferred by young professionals.


Keeping your necessities organized, the Slim messenger bag has a place for pens, a smartphone, business cards, and small headphones.  Available in black, this messenger features a padded laptop compartment that holds laptops up to 12.5" x 10" x 1.5" and will easily fit an 11”-13” laptop and a tablet. 

Our SOHO slim messenger keeps your items secure with a under the flap zip closure so that nothing falls out. The adjustable shoulder strap allows for a perfect fit and a zippered outside back pocket offers easy access for your wallet, mobile phone or tablet when you’re on the go. If you’re looking for a sleek and slender bag that’s great for everyday travel you’ll want to get your hands on our 1531 Slim messenger bag.



Casual Style


If you’re a trendsetter looking to evoke an air of sophistication, the 5512 Retro Messenger bag from our Nevada collection brings back a time-honored sense of style.  The uncorrected full-grain leather trim allows the bag to keep its full strength and durability.  Assembled from cotton-backed flecked suede and trimmed with vegetable tanned belting leather, this messenger bag grows in character and beauty as it ages.

Keep your personal and professional items organized with our Easy Access Organizer.  The Retro messenger has a zippered front pocket for your magazines, books, or wallet and enough space for the largest mobile tablets, up to 12" x 12" x 3 1/2”.  Keep your items snug and secure, while the adjustable shoulder strap keeps your essentials within easy reach.  If you believe simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, then the 5512 retro messenger bag is the ideal travel companion.


Frequent Traveler


For those looking for a dependable messenger bag that’s reliable, comfortable, and just the right size for most, the 7314 Messenger bag from our Voyager collection is the perfect fit.  Constructed from full-grain hand-stained vegetable re-tanned buffalo leather, this bag will build a beautiful patina as it ages and increases in character.

Contemporary in function with vintage styling, this messenger bag is preferred by professionals who commute frequently and want a bag that will carry just what they need.  Available in black or brown, this messenger features a padded laptop compartment that will hold laptops up to 13 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 3 1/2" and will easily fit up to a 13” laptop along with your tablet.  The Easy Access Organizer keeps essentials in order while the back pocket offers easy access for your wallet, mobile phone or tablet when you’re on the go.  Beneath this Voyager messenger bag’s flap, its main compartment can be zippered closed so that nothing falls out. The adjustable shoulder strap gives you the ability to be worn on the shoulder or across the chest as a cross body. The D-ring on side gusset is ideal for quick access to clip your keys. It is a dependable and comfortable messenger bag that will become more beautiful as you carry it.  If you need a larger bag with the same function and simpler styling, then consider the Voyager Collection 7315 Full-sized messenger bag.  It will hold up to a 15” screen laptop while keeping you well organized.

Whichever Jack Georges messenger bag you choose, you can be assured that our renowned quality and durability is backed by a lifetime warranty to protect your investment. Treat yourself to a messenger bag that projects an image of confidence, success, and quality. If you’re looking to personalize your new messenger, take advantage of our monogram option and have your initials blind embossed into the bag.

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