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27-03-2009
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Designer messenger bags
Hi,
I'd like some help in finding the perfect messenger bag that's "high end" enough to be seen in the workplace. It should be leather, classic-styled, and equipped with functional compartments. I've been searching high and low for something stylish...people have recommended Miu Miu, Mulberry, Balenciagia but I looked on their websites and nothing really strikes me as worthwhile.

It's just that right now I carry a medium handbag for all my personal items (wallet, cell phone, etc) and then a larger tote for office paperwork and it's just really inconvenient. I don't know why but I'm one of those weird women who have trouble keeping a bag slung over her shoulder. I just want my hands free! So that's why I really want a nice messenger bag that can accommodate everything....do those even exist or am I being too idealistic?

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30-03-2009
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They do exist but how much are you willing to pay tops?
At the end of the day thats the biggest problem

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mmhmm, maybe $1500 tops. But I'd like to get them when they go on sale maybe in July/August. I just found the Lanvin Kansas which apparently can come with a shoulder strap so it can be worn like a messenger bag...so um, something like that! Classy but functional.

Reese Witherspoon with her Lanvin:
http://x17online.com/celebrities/ree...inny_latte.php

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I'd say LV messengers, Utah or Taiga are the only leather messengers. Graphite and Damier would be nice too for office (and sturdy canvas). or get a tumi messenger.

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balenciaga:
the mens day
the besace
the part time
the flat messenger

mulberry:
check out the mens bags. not the womens bags. they are classy. i forget the style names, but there are several smaller messenger style bags.

miu miu:
the coffer

proenza schouler:
the PS1 bag

i like to keep my hands free as well. i think if i didnt have messenger style bag i might be apt to lose it...

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I would highly recommend the XL Muse from YSL. I have been using this for years, and the leather has held up incredibly well. I think they have increased their prices now, so the oversized might be over 2k. But it can easily fit a 13 - 15" laptop and A4/8.5x11" pages. Plus it has compartments for wallet/keys/phone. I just find that it looks great and holds up well. I carry it on my shoulder so it frees up my hands. Other than that, my suggestion would be the Fendi Twins tote. Not sure of the price (we have a thread which should that info in it) but it's professional and stylish. I think the newer versions come with a long strap (which means you could wear it on your shoulder or messenger style) but if not, getting one made by a shoeperson (who usually deals with leather) is pretty easy.

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Thank you all soo much! Those were all great suggestions! I'm going to go look into them now.

I don't know why but I never thought to look in the men's line of all the luxury handbag labels. Ugh, so stupid. I guess I was kind of afraid of bags looking too masculine but now that I see them, I am totally in love. Yeah, so I'll look a little out of place among the rest of the ladies in the office but who cares. I wear pants all the time anyway so it might not look that weird to be carrying a messenger instead of a tote. And plus, I'd be carrying it like a briefcase in the office. It's just going to/from work and having to deal with people on the street and riding the metro that makes me wish I wasn't carrying so much crap with my hands all the time.

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^ You could also add a scarf or something if you decide to dress it up ... but I find something very plain but perfect can really look luxurious and allow you to see the beauty of the leather & hardware.

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i also forgot to mention the YSL besace. its highly practical.

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i saw either balenciaga; i have their besace messenger w/ a flap and it looks so good on (even better once it's worn a lot).

also, i would definitely suggest proenza schouler's ps1 bag--even though it's womens, if you got a black, leather one, i think that would be perfect! not too feminine, but it's the perfect size and the quality is great!

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^Well, I am a woman so I'd prefer for it to be more feminine....but you're right the PS1 bag is amazing. OMG. I want it now! The YSL Besace is gorgeous but perhaps a bit too small since I'd like to occasionally stuff a laptop in there.

I also found another one: Miu Miu bow bag!! Ahh, so gorgeous. Except I can't find it being sold anywhere online.





AHH! So many choices!!! :-O

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oh! sorry! for some reason, i thought you were male! whenever i hear the term "messenger bag" i automatically think of men's bags. sorry, sunday!

anyway, out of all the bags mentioned above, definitely go for the proenza schouler one! they're classic.

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i would also suggest just strolling through your local tod's store or bally store. just to see what they have.


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^I don't know how to go back and edit to put in the image source. It doesn't seem to let me do that.

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BTW, I found another one: Alexander McQueen Flapper Messenger Bag
16"W X 12"H X 5"D = perfect dimensions!! and I love the grayish/stone color.





source: www.saksfifthavenue.com/

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^ You have 10 minutes to edit your posts ... after that you can just post the source anywhere in the thread. Is it Saks as well?

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