Laptop / Messenger Bags - Brands?

I interned at a BB a while back and they gave us laptop bags with their corporate logo as parting gifts. I'm looking to buy a new bag (one with a strap, not a backpack). What are the best brands? I have seen Samsonite, Targus, American Tourister...

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Aug 6, 2019 - 3:49pm

I love my B&R bag, it's served me well for a few years and still looks like new. However, the carabiners have gotten stuck on occasions when I've grabbed it by the shoulder strap in a hurry, and one more than one occasion have released from one of the ends. No damage, since bag sturdy af. Not sure if other bags have this issue, but it is slightly annoying.

EDIT: Just saw this post is from 2010, and I probably picked up my B&R bag after reading the replies here. Circular #REF

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May 3, 2010 - 10:55am

I have an older Kenneth Cole bag which I love.

May 3, 2010 - 12:03pm

Get a Tumi. Good quality, good name, decent prices.

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May 14, 2010 - 10:39am

I had started a similar thread a couple of months back. Here's a link to that discussion in case you want more information.

Just FYI, I finally bought this business case (… ) from Briggs & Riley. They have a lot of other products in the laptop case( ) category, if you're interested.

May 17, 2010 - 11:33am

Get a Tumi.

LIBOR said it and I can't believe he's the first. They offer a 5 year wararnty, with an anything-goes policy if it's in the 1st year - ie if it's so much as scratched they'll repair/replace. Lot of great sizes and classic nylon look or leather, both look great and both really stand out.

From the Tumi web site (here:
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For five (5) years after you purchase a Tumi product from an authorized Tumi store or dealer, you will be covered by our Limited Warranty.

First Year of Ownership: Worry Free
With limited exceptions, if your Tumi product is damaged during the first twelve (12) months you own it - including damage caused by wear and tear, airlines, or other transit damage - Tumi will cover all repair expenses, including shipping costs to and from our repair facility. If we determine that the product is damaged beyond repair, we will replace it. If we determine that a replacement product is not available, we will provide you with a product of comparable value. Damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics), and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses.

Years Two through Five: You're Covered for Defects
From the second through the fifth year you own your Tumi product, Tumi will repair any items that are defective in materials or workmanship, (for a nominal processing fee), including any structural defects (such as defective handles, zippers, or locks). For years two through five, however, we will not cover damage resulting from wear and tear that is not the result of defects in materials or workmanship. We also will not cover damage caused by airlines or other transit damage. Damage claims in transit cases should be filed against the carrier. Other damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics) and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses.

May 18, 2010 - 11:24am

Is this just a carrying case for your work laptop? Papers only? Or both?

Both = Tumi
Laptop = Tom Bihn
Papers only = LOT of quality choices...almost any decent leather products company will have a solution

Jan 8, 2013 - 2:41am

Bally perforated leather messenger

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Jan 8, 2013 - 9:19am

I use a brown leather Fossil Bag bought a long time ago. Loyal companion for years, enduring abuse at many airports, meetings and trips. Good purchase at a nice price.

For light client meetings and office (documents, note pad, business cards) I have a brown leather portefuille from the bridge, very convenient for its size.

If possible avoid looking like a consultant clone (black synthetic laptop bag, with strap etc) , and depending on where you have to travel any flashy brand items, for fashion and security reasons.

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:17pm

Should the messenger bag match the color of shoes & belt ? (Originally Posted: 11/19/2011)

I need a good messenger bag, I like the brown color but I mostly wear black shoes and belt... so don't know if I should go for the brown or black bag?

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:21pm

technically yes, it should match.

however i would not be limited to just brown or black. sometimes a green might do you well. really depends on the style of the bag, size, etc.

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:23pm

Your messenger bag is like a wallet. You use the same one everyday.... Do people with brown wallets only wear brown shoes/brown belt and people with black wallets only wear black shoes/ brown belt?

Now if you want to match wallet and bag...

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:25pm

Go for a neon'll really help you stand out

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Jan 8, 2013 - 3:26pm

Briefcase or laptop bag for internship, suggestions? (Originally Posted: 08/30/2014)

New user to the forum here! I'm starting an internship next month and I'm looking to get a bag to carry my laptop, documents etc. that looks fairly fashionable. I'm thinking leather. Just wondering if any of you have some suggestions for a good leather briefcase/laptop bag? I'm willing to spend $100 or just over it.


Jan 8, 2013 - 3:33pm

Samsonite, though not a leather bag, is a beast. I've been using it for over 3 years now.

I more frequently bring my Picard black leather to work now though. It was my father's old bag. So yes, it's a beast too.

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Jan 8, 2013 - 3:36pm

cargo shorts ftw, no bag necessary.

heard good things about herschel. couple buddies in bigger cities love them. a bit hipster for me (still use my college backpack because it's more functional and plain), but check them out.

also check this out:… this is a company @"TheKing" started

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:42pm

I would actually avoid leather if I was you. It is much heavier and when you're lugging it back and forth everyday the extra weight starts to add up. I use to have leather but switched to a lighter material. You can find something that looks professional that isn't leather.

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:45pm

Visit leatherlaptopbackpacks dot com and visit the post leather-briefcases-men-will-kill. This may be the perfect bag for you.

It's a backpack that looks exactly like a regular official leather briefcase / computer bag, but it converts in to a backpack when you want it to. I like the classic look and it's close to the price range you're looking at.

I hope this helps!!

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:51pm

Check out the bags by Filson and JW Hume. If you ever get tired of it, you'll be able to sell the bag for at least half of what you paid for it new. You can never go wrong with the American made classics.

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:53pm

Though the bag you picked out is nice, I really don't see much of a need for it. Maybe it's because my group is really laid back, but a straight laptop case will work just fine (unless you really think you're going to need the additional storage space, but I don't see why you would). Dropping that much loot on a bag seems unnecessary, though it is a great looking bag. Just my two cents... maybe your group is really into appearances...

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:55pm

Don't a lot of firms provide you with a laptop shoulder bag? At least in consulting, since they give you a laptop and everything. Might be different for IB.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:04pm

I'm partial to Jack Spade. They look slick, they're durable, and get better with age... within reason!

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Jan 8, 2013 - 4:16pm

idk i think a messenger bag is a must i put random shit in there-keys, papers, random protein bar or something if im bringing it to from work or food if im bringin left overs, you can't roll out of a bank with a plastic bag especially if all your clothes are really nice.

I have a buffalo leather messenger bag by hugo boss- google it. it's black leather and it looks nice as hell-wasn't too expensive i would say around 3-400 bucks. looks exactly like the bag that shia lebouf had in wall street (except his was an LV (too much for me).

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:19pm

Leather attache case I got during a semester abroad.

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Jan 8, 2013 - 4:22pm

Messenger Bag / Briefcase (Originally Posted: 12/16/2014)

Will be starting at a BB as a Desk Analyst in credit in July out of UG. Lucky to have gotten this type of role post crisis.

I want a messenger bag kind of like this:

some people had bags similar to that during the summer. Does anyone have any sites / recommendations for general bags / briefcases that are slim and similar to the one above. Thanks in advance

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:24pm

If you're looking for a perfect vintage leather messenger bag, check out online at Soulful Collection. They have the best leather messenger bags at best possible rates.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:25pm

Messenger bag needed? (Originally Posted: 06/11/2014)

I'm starting at a BB in a few weeks and was wondering if people bring messenger or laptop bags to work. Is it worth buying one?

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:26pm

I'm not exactly sure what you would need to put in it. Maybe use it the first day to bring everything you need to your desk. It's not like you would take work home; you just stay at the office. With both my internships this summer I've been perfectly fine without one.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:27pm

use a banker bag with nothing in it but a folder with resumes and a tin of shoe polish


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Jan 8, 2013 - 4:31pm

I agree with hamm0 , it often comes in handy.But then again not everyone is comfortable with hanging a bag on their shoulder.So go for whatever suits you.

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Jan 8, 2013 - 4:32pm

Messenger/Laptop brief case bags (Originally Posted: 07/31/2012)


What are your guys thoughts on Messenger bags/laptop brief for school and work?

Any recommendations for decently priced brown leather ones like this one?,0,316,195.jpg

Not looking to blow too much money on this as its going to be tossed around and used a lot more for school than work.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:33pm

Thoughts? "Absolutely."
What else would you be carrying...?
No recs from me, men's fashion still has me baffled.

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Jan 8, 2013 - 4:34pm

I like using a black bag similar to that because I can use it for both work and school. Personally I prefer bags without that "flap" going over the top as it's easier to access my stuff. After each $25 bag that broke after ~2 weeks, I picked one up at DSW for ~$90. I'm not partial to any brands but I have to say the one I got (Kenneth Cole) is very well-made and will cost me less in the long run due to quality.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:38pm

Uh, not sure what you're school is like but carrying around textbooks in a messenger bag to the library never worked for me.

But if you do get one, make sure the clasps are buckles unless you're incredibly opposed to them. They are easily fixed/replaced and shouldn't be a problem in the first place.

Jan 8, 2013 - 4:41pm

Just get a comfortable backpack (Wegner has good ones) unless you are on an urban campus. In that case get an Ogio or Timbuk2 bag. You can always get a nice leather briefcase if and when you need it for work (if your firm doesn't give you a firm branded bag).

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:31pm

SA Messenger Bag? (Originally Posted: 05/22/2012)

Just curious what past SA at IBs have used to carry stuff to/from the office. Whether it be messenger bags, or something else, or even nothing if there is no use for it. Not sure what the norm is. Any recommendations??


Mar 13, 2017 - 4:39pm

yeah, i've heard many banks give them to their SA's as well... im just not going to a bulge, that's all.. its in manhattan but it's a MM so i wasn't sure if they do all the same things as BB (such as giving SA's this stuff, seamless for food, etc)

have people found that they need a messenger bag anyway? do you need to bring stuff back/forth?

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:42pm

Do you guys bring your laptops from work home with you? And work at home?

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Mar 13, 2017 - 4:45pm
Do you guys bring your laptops from work home with you? And work at home?

I never do. It usually ends up being more efficient to come in to the office if I need to get some work out. If it's just a matter of sending files or corresponding / making minor text edits I will remote in, but doing excel work at home on a laptop kinda sucks.

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:44pm

laptop comes with a laptop bag so thats fine. You will usually get a bag from the bank, but they are pretty ugly. Otherwise as said, there is really no need for one.

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