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The Art of the Man Satchel

If you’re a guy in the city, the messenger bag is the way to go. Whether you’re commuting to the office or meeting a friend at a coffee shop, these functional and stylish bags have been a mainstay in the male wardrobe since postal carriers started using them in the early 20th century.

Except, now they’re holding your laptop, Kindle and headphones instead of mail, proving that where form meets function, classics are created.

Here are our favorites:

If you’re in the market for an investment piece, look no further than the Emil Erwin Mailbag. At $1,250, you might be paying a month’s rent for the thing, but you can rest easy knowing you’ll be toting a top-of-the-line bag that won’t be going out of style any time soon.

If that price point made your stomach turn,  we think J. Crew’s Montague Leather Satchel will elicit a similar “wow” effect for fraction of the cost.  Coming in at $298 this bag isn’t exactly cheap, but it looks and feels amazing – and you won’t be compromising a few weeks of groceries.

If you’re going for a more casual look, try a canvas messenger bag.  We think the Estate Messenger from Fossil looks great, and its price tag – $148 – looks even better.

Biker? Well then you might already know that Chrome Citizen Buckle Messenger Bag
is the Rolls Royce of bike bags.  These things are big enough to fit all your necessities, a cinch to get on and off (literally…the strap is a buckle), are basically indestructible and only cost $139.

So say goodbye to your briefcase or (shudder) backpack, and upgrade to one of these bags.  Trust us: Your fellow commuters will be impressed.

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