There are times when you need something other than a conventionally sized purse to get you through the day; enter the messenger bag. Convenient to carry, but large enough to carry your laptop, files, and maybe a snack for lunch on a busy day. This Linea Pelle Dylan Messenger Bag ($231) is perfect for a day in the city -- soft, washed leather and over-sized (at 17 x 13"), the bag has a top zipper for secure closure. It features a 4 additional pockets -- 2 zipper and 2 magnetic flap -- that afford you easy access to your possessions. The 42" adjustable cross body strap makes this messenger bag a hands-free accessory; the interior zebra print liner has a zippered pocket, a pair of patch pockets, and a key ring.
If you're a fan of messenger bags with buckles, this bag is for you -- the Nicole Miller Liam Olive Canvas Messenger Bag ($159). Long-wearing canvas with thick saddle leather trim; the front flap is secured with buckles combined with magnetic snap closures, and has a zippered pocket under the flap. The liner includes an organizing pocket, a holder for your cell phone, and twin zippered compartments. A nice attribute of this messenger bag? A wide leather base, with 4 metal feet, making it easy to set down on a chair without it tipping over.
If appearance of your messenger bag is second to durability, because you're out in the elements for much of your work day, this Mountain Hardwear Hilo Messenger Bag ($70) may be just what you're looking for. Mountain Hardwear makes rugged outdoor gear, and this bag fills the bill. Made from 600 denier material, the bag is seam-sealed and fully lined to keep the contents dry in inclement weather. Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, the bag has a padded computer sleeve and electronics pocket, an outside zippered security compartment, and a wide, padded shoulder strap. If you're really on the move most of the day, you'll appreciate the removable webbing waist belt that will keep the bag from flapping in the breeze. Good stuff.