According to manufacturer Timbuk2, messenger bags originated with telephone linemen in New York City and was then adopted by bicycle messengers. They are distinguished by a foldover flap and a cross-body strap.
We don’t really see ourselves weaving between cabs to deliver packages, but a messenger bag works just fine on an easy ride to the office, carrying an iPad, Phone, EDC (Every Day Carry) items and keys – and maybe a Nutella sandwich. Check them out and we’ll see you on the road.
Timbuk2 has a large selection of customizable Made-in-USA messenger bags made in San Francisco.
Zazzle offers artists the opportunity to sell merchandise imprinted with their art, including these Made-in-USA Rickshaw messenger bags.
Mission workshop makes its clean-lined bags in San Francisco.
Looking for an oversized messenger? Try the Gokey Heritage Messenger Bag from Orvis.
Harvey’s Messenger Bags are made from excess seatbelt material.
The Small City Messenger Bag, made of cotton twill, is produced in Brooklyn, NY by Brooklyn Industries.
This Carole S. Miller Messenger Bag is smaller than average – at the request of female customers – and is made in cowhide.
Park Avenue Messenger Bag from Allen Edmonds
Strand Messenger Bag from Allen Edmonds
Chrome Bags are available at Zappo’s.
Here’s a Filson messenger bag, carried exclusively by Brooks Brothers and flashing a touch of Harris Tweed.
Messenger bags by Stanley & Sons, a heritage brand resurrected in Brooklyn.
Archival Clothing makes their bags out of waxed canvas, so they’ll take on a creased, broken-in look.
Tucker & Bloom offers a variety of fresh shapes in messenger bags.
Mission Workshop bags carry a lifetime warranty.
Bailey Works bags are made in New Hampshire
Ogden Made bags got their launch on Kickstarter and are produced in Ogden, Utah.
Seagull Bags started as one guy in a basement and has grown into a successful business in Columbus Ohio.