Designer messenger bags

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  1. SundayMornings

    SundayMornings New Member

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    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?
     
  2. karmacoma

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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
     
  3. SundayMornings

    SundayMornings New Member

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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/reese_witherspoon/one_skinny_latte.php
     
  4. ambidextrous

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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.
     
  5. lucy92

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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...:cry::cry:
     
  6. Meg

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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.
     
  7. SundayMornings

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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. :)
     
  8. fashionista-ta

    fashionista-ta Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  9. lucy92

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

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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!
     
  11. SundayMornings

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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.

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    AHH! So many choices!!! :-O
     
  12. DougS.

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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.
     
  13. lucy92

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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.


    SundayMornings
    , you need to provide an image source or your post will be deleted.
     
  14. SundayMornings

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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
    16½"W X 12"H X 5"D = perfect dimensions!! and I love the grayish/stone color.

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    source: www.saksfifthavenue.com/
     
  15. fashionista-ta

    fashionista-ta Well-Known Member

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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?
     
  16. SundayMornings

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    ^I'm pretty sure the Miu Miu bow bag photos came from net-a-porter.com but I went back there today and I can't seem to find it listed so I don't know anymore. I searched everywhere. Where the heck did I get them!? Why did I forget to source?! Probably it was one of my 4am posts. Anyway, take the photos down if you must. Sorry about that.
     
  17. Street_a_Licious

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    another vote for the PS1! the Balenciagas are too.... edgy for an office place imo. check out the Bayswaters or Mabels from Mulberry.
     

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