Bags are for everyone these days. Thanks to the evolution in men’s fashion, many luxury brands are now creating innovative designs for the men’s leather messenger bag. And for a good reason. According to a report, men’s bags accrued almost $2.3 billion worth sales in 2014 which surpassed the figure of women’s bags. Statistica forecasts the figure of men’s bag sales to top $8 billion by the end of 2018.
These figures show that men are buying more bags than ever before. Whether it is a tote, weekender, backpack or a messenger bag, the trend is here to stay.
The most basic bag for men is a messenger bag. It is a classic over the shoulder bag which is usually made out of a durable and weather-proofed material. It was initially designed keeping bicycle messengers in mind, hence the name. This specific style of men’s bag can be traced back to 1984 when John Peters redesigned the De Martini Glove Canvas Company’s work bag for utility linesman by adding a nylon lining and edging for weatherproofing and plastic buckles for a more adjustable fit. This laid the basis for the modern messenger bag for men, and today it can be seen in professional environments, airports and coffee shops alike.
However, it can be tough to avoid looking like a schoolboy while sporting a messenger bag, and this is why today we are going to share some tips and tricks to keep in mind before you buy a men’s leather messenger bag.
5 tips when buying your leather messenger bag
Keep in mind the use you're going to give it
Before buying anything we always recommend to keep in mind the use you're going to give your bag or the places where you will be carrying it. Remember this is one of the most versatile bags and can be used whether is for work or for a picnic.
As with most accessories, men’s messenger bags come in all sorts of styles, shapes, colors, and materials. A big, bright and waterproof orange messenger bag might be a good choice to carry to the beach, but you can’t take it to the boardroom at work without causing a stir. Similarly, a classy men’s leather messenger bag might be the perfect choice for officewear but might not last well on hiking trails.
Every messenger bag comes with a different number of compartments and inner pockets. If you want something that can hold your laptop, look for a style that has a built-in laptop compartment.
Or if you’re looking for a work-bag then search for a design that can help you keep in a lot of files and papers separately.
Look for the ones with an adjustable strap
Now, this a point that you should definitely keep in mind before buying a men’s messenger bag. Not all messenger bags come with an adjustable strap. While it may not seem like a very crucial detail, it can make or break your purchase in the long run.
For example, if you plan to ride a bike or motorcycle to work, a bag with an overly long strap can be potentially dangerous.
Similarly, if you plan to carry the bag on your side rather than the traditional cross-body style, a bag with an adjustable strap can help you alter the look within a few seconds.
Look for a bag made out of leather (a durable material)
If you’re looking to buy a bag for everyday use, then invest in a men’s messenger bag that will last you many years. While a cheaper canvas messenger bag might be easier on your wallet, it will not last you for more than a year.
We recommend you to make a one-time investment and buy a men’s leather messenger bag that will be a permanent piece in your wardrobe. The leather is durable and will ensure that your bag lasts you for a while, even more, if you take proper care of it.
You don't want to end up buying a bag that won’t go with any of the pieces in your wardrobe. It is already a hectic job to put together the perfect work outfit that makes you look sophisticated and mature. In fact, overly flashy accessories, like a brightly colored bag, can make you look unprofessional.
The tip is to buy a neutral colored bag in brown, black or grey tones so that it compliments all your work outfits and you don't have to worry about your bag clashing with your overall look.