8 Best Leather Bags for Men: Our Favorite Styles in 2023 | FashionBeans

In a world where sustainability is such a hot topic, it’s hard to think of a more sustainable fashion purchase than a men’s leather bag. Get it right and you’ll have a partner in crime for a multitude of different occasions and outfits, and possibly for life.

In fact, in a recent episode of the BBC TV show The repair shop, where precious possessions are restored and given new life, a man brought his father’s leather bag that was 50 years old and full of character. A quick refresh left the leather bag looking like new and wearing a nice patina where every little scratch told a different story.

There is a world of the best leather bags for men to choose from and I will focus on 10 different aesthetics and styles and recommend the best leather bags for each to save you the admin of doing the research and trying to find it coolest choice yourself. I’m a bit like that.

Stop, you can thank me later.

Key takeaways

Each messenger bag has a specific purpose and place in every man’s wardrobe, and some have the added benefit of crossing multiple styles to be worn with a variety of cool outfits. Others even go beyond typical materials, such as vegan messenger bag in leather from Troubadour.

Some leather bags are more useful than others. So if you’re looking for something stylish to cover all the bases, I’d recommend choosing a bag big enough to carry a laptop as my overall choice, Harvard.

In terms of price, this is more often than not a function of brand and design rather than size or practicality, so I’ve deliberately recommended a variety of bags to suit any budget. Yes, even the money budget if you have an eye for something like one saddle bag from Dior.

A men’s leather messenger bag should really be seen as an investment piece as it is likely to be the most versatile fashion accessory in your wardrobe. It’s also the one you’ll use the most, as we all have products, tech, and at least three easily lost items to carry at any given time.

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Visconti Distressed Messenger Bag

Size: 35 x 27 x 12 cm | Type of leather: Oiled | Available colors: 5

Although I have recommended no less than 10 leather bags, there is one that ticks every box for me – the Harvard messenger bag from Visconti.

This is the bag I chose myself when faced with the dilemma you’re no doubt considering if you’re reading this article right now. The ‘Harvard’ looks incredible in real life and the oil brown leather adds so much character. In addition to being effortlessly cool, it will also vibe with almost any outfit, from casual to super smart.

Add in the practicality of being big enough to carry a MacBook and several accessories, not to mention multiple pockets and a cool adjustable strap, and this bag has all the bases covered.

Mismo Morris Messenger Bag

Size: 15 x 11 x 3 inches | Type of leather: Whole grains | Available colors: 3

Need something super smart for a more formal outfit, like a tailored suit? Perhaps you are also looking for something that emphasizes practicality and smart, simple styling for the office? Then the sophisticated Morris messenger bag in leather from the Danish brand MISMO would be my personal choice.

Available in black, brown or tan full-grain leather, this men’s leather messenger bag is ideal for carrying a laptop in its foamed central compartment for ultimate technical protection. It has two handles on either side of an all-round zipper, several other pockets for pens and office accessories, plus a detachable strap if you want to style it as a shoulder-mounted bag.

Personally, I would style this bag with a fitted suit and monk strap shoes in a color that matches your favorite bag or a super smart casual outfit with maybe a slimline polo neck sweater and a fur collar coat with slimline leather boots.

Axel Arigato Cubic Monogram leather bag

Size: 17 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm | Type of leather: Whole grains | Available colors: 1

Established as recently as 2014, Axel Arigato is one of the hottest brands in the streetwear game. The company has a clean, minimal aesthetic that showcases the brand’s high-quality clothing and accessories to the beat of the latest tunes, often spun by the DJs invited to host Axel Arigato‘s parties in the store.

They haven’t skipped a beat when it comes to leather bags for men, and the Cubic Monogram bag is a case in point. Complete with the company’s signature monogram logo and leather Axel Arigato take, this black leather number has a really nice side strap to hold in your hand, as well as the more traditional adjustable shoulder strap.

Although it will not be suitable as one weekends or backpack option, it will add dozens of panache. Definitely a wavy vibe, this minimal bag would look great with some baggy pants, an oversized knit and some chunky sneakers such as the company’s own Marathon kick.

Troubadour Messenger vegan leather

Size: 9.3 X 7.1 X 2.2 inches | Type of leather: Vegan | Available colors: Black

Sustainability on the heels of the latest trends is at the heart of many brands’ fashion philosophy, and this clean and versatile vegan leather bag from Troubadour is right up there.

This bag has a really clean silhouette with a quick access front pocket and a padded central compartment perfect for carrying your iPad, complete with two extra pockets for your phone or other accessories.

The adjustable strap is super soft and comfortable, while the inside of the bag has a wipeable antibacterial lining. It might look good with a high-end streetwear outfit – I’m thinking a woolen urban coat, beanie and chunky sneakers.

Mismo belt bag

Size: 11 X 5 X 3 inches | Type of leather: Whole grains | Available colors: 7

One of the most versatile styles of messenger bags for men is the belt bag, and this example knows Same is a good choice. This bag can be carried by hand, over the shoulder or across the body. The practicality and high quality do not hurt either.

With no less than seven colors to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice. In the central main compartment there are two smaller pockets, a foam-lined protective pocket, perfect for carrying your smartphone, and another smaller pocket in the front for other accessories.

This bag would look great with a casual streetwear outfit, but also a more formal chic casual look thanks to its luxurious full-grain leather with gold-tone hardware.

Dior saddle bag

Size: 26 x 19 x 4.5 cm | Type of leather: Black Dior Oblique Galaxy Calfskin | Available colors: 1

For men looking to elevate their outfit with a top-tier leather messenger bag, the most iconic is undoubtedly this leather saddle bag produced by Christian Dior.

Crafted in Italy from smooth black calfskin leather, this luxurious piece is finished with subtle silver perforated Dior Oblique lettering that shimmers under the light.

The signature silhouette features a zippered main enclosure that you can access by opening the magnetic flap to reveal a beautifully lined interior. Complete with an adjustable nylon and leather strap, this bag can be worn on the shoulder or cross-body.

Style this luxury accessory for a cool streetwear vibe with a leather biker or bomber jacket and Dior B23 sneakers. Or take it up a notch with a high-end black tailored suit and black leather Chelsea boots.

Remember, this is a long-term investment that can be with you for years, so it’s worth paying for quality and a timeless design.

Fossil Greenville Messenger

Size: 16 x 11.5 x 2.75 inches | Type of leather: Eco | Available colors: 1

I recently went on the hunt for a smart casual leather messenger as my company, like many others, has a hybrid work-from-home policy and I needed something cool and fashionable to rock to carry my laptop to and from the office . My criteria were simple – it had to be fashionable, high quality and smooth, with a slightly deteriorated patina and big enough to carry my MacBook.

The Greenville is a very nice smart casual messenger bag with its patina look and beautifully crafted interior with a multitude of different sized pockets and interior compartments. With vintage brass hardware and a super comfortable strap, I can’t recommend it highly enough. A particularly nice touch is the smartphone holder.

Style this beauty in a variety of ways, from a classic smart casual look paired with a city coat and suede Chelsea boots to more formal office wear. I find that browns are particularly suitable for smart casual outfits, whereas black suits a more formal aesthetic.

Bleu De Chauffe Louis full grain leather

Size: 22 x 28 cm | Type of leather: Domestic animals | Available colors: 1

Bleu De Chauffe, one of the hottest new vintage-inspired workwear brands, is almost as well known for their men’s leather bags as they are their belts and tote bags. With bold leather and wax canvas designs, Bleu De Chauffe messenger bags are particularly hot right now.

This is a super soft medium size accessory that you can rock across your body or on your shoulder thanks to its adjustable strap. An all-rounder like this would look great with a soft knit or oversized hoodie, baggy pants and sneakers.

wearing a belt bag across
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What to look for in the best leather bags for men

Size

Size is especially important if practicality, versatility and longevity are your top priorities. By choosing a large leather bag for men, it will likely satisfy your daily work/life demands for years. But if you’re buying a leather bag purely as a fashion accessory and size is irrelevant, then a smaller crossbody bag could be the perfect choice, especially for a fresh summer outfit.

Style

Choose a leather bag that best suits yours personal style. Remember, the trendier something is, the faster it goes out of style, so choosing something with a more classic silhouette is likely to be fashionable for longer.

Price

While price is obviously an important consideration, I would encourage everyone to view the best leather messenger bag for men as more of an investment piece, so it may be worth paying a little more than expected to buy something that you will likely use regularly for years.

Leather bag on leather jacket
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Final judgment

A leather bag for men, much like a leather jacket, should be seen as an investment piece. If you choose wisely, it’s likely to last for years, if not decades, and by investing in quality up front and a design that complements your personal style, your messenger bag will quickly become one of your favorite fashion accessories.

It is therefore Harvard The Visconti Men’s Leather Messenger Bag is my top pick – it has all the bases covered, being both super fashionable and practical, timeless and available at a relatively affordable price.

So if you’re looking for the best leather bags for men on the market, the above picks should have you covered in a variety of styles. Also remember that most men’s leather bags improve with age as the leather softens and matures, adding a priceless patina that never goes out of style.

FAQ

    • Leather bags have been in style for as long as style has existed. I’m pretty sure every Renaissance artist wore one, and a trend that’s been in fashion for over 500 years isn’t going away anytime soon.

      • Absolutely, investing in a leather bag for men will ensure that you not only have something practical for everyday use, but also something that will complement your outfit as a cool fashion accessory.

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