12 Best Leather Messenger Bags on Amazon

Messenger bags are a popular way to carry a laptop and other needed items in a classic, unisex look. We’ve assembled 12 of the most highly rated messenger bags on Amazon. Bags were chosen by rating. We attempted to choose bags with the most reviews when possible. They are also roughly the same size. We hope this list helps you out while you carefully choose which messenger bag to purchase.

Number 1

Fossil Defender Leather East West City Bag

Dimensions 13.25″l x 2.5″w x 10″h


9 reviews

100% 5 stars

Material: Leather with textile lining

Handles: Shoulder strap only

Closures: Push Button Release closure

Computer: * according to the reviewer: Will hold iPad Air, MacBook Pro 13″, Surface Pro 4 at the same time

Front compartment:  1 laptop pocket, 1 slip pocket, 1 zipper pocket, 3 pen holders, 1 D-ring

Reviews: With only nine reviews, this bag is well regarded. One commenter mentioned that the bag will hold far more than the listed computer (iPad Air, MacBook Pro 13″, Surface Pro 4 at the same time). One reviewer was taken with the broken in leather and estate brad looks.

Negative reviews: All mentioned that the bag needs a briefcase-like handle.


Number 2

IndianHandoArt Leather Messenger Bag

Dimensions 15″ x 11″ x 5″

Weight 3.05 pounds

12 reviews

92 % 5 stars

100% 4+ stars

Material: Premium Goat Leather with green canvas lining

Handles: adjustable shoulder strap and handle

Closures: flap and buckles

Computer: Tablet / Mac book / Laptop

Front pocket: Three outer pockets

Front compartment:  padded partitions

Reviews: Commenters liked the appearance and used it for both work/school and as a purse. They liked the roominess and storage spots.

The only complaint was the stiffness of the leather.

Number 3

Royce Leather Executive Suede Lined Messenger Bag

Dimensions 16.75 x 4 x 13.5

Weight 0.64 ounces

10 reviews

90% 5 stars

100% 4+ stars

Material: Genuine leather exterior and interior, lined with genuine suede

Handles: shoulder strap

Closures: 2 strong magnets and flap

Computer: 15″ laptop

Front pocket: secure zipped pocket

Front compartment:  front slide in full-width pocket and another full-width pocket on the inside

Rear compartment: backslide in full-width pocket perfect for sliding over telescopic handles of luggage

Reviews: As the most expensive bag on this list, commenters liked the high-quality feel and refined look. They mentioned that the bag is roomy and will hold a laptop, phone, a glasses case, a smaller umbrella, several pens, medications, etc.

Negative reviews mentioned the price. They would like smaller zippered pockets within the main bag.

Number 4

AmeriLeather Legacy Leather Woody Laptop Messenger Bag

Dimensions 16 x 6 x 13 inches

Weight 3.75 pounds

12 reviews

83% 5 stars

100% 4+ stars

Material: leather

Handles: shoulder strap with leather pads

Closures: Leather flap with two push lock closures

Computer: Padded sleeve for 14 to 15-inch laptops

Front pocket: a zippered compartment for cell phone and pen loops

Front compartment:  dual open pockets, Open side pockets Interior zippered pocket

Rear compartment: Back open pocket with magnetic button closure with zipper pocket

Material: Top grain cowhide leather

Reviews: Commenters generally liked the bag and commented on the roominess and style. One said the bag fit 15.6-inch laptop, an iPad, headset, two phones, all power cords, multiple client files, and sales brochures. They also commented that the front pockets are large enough for an iPad and 5×8 notebook. The front pockets are huge.

Negative reviews commented that the shoulder strap is not detachable and pilling. The bag must be carried by the shoulder strap and there is no interior bracing.

Number 5

Aaron Leather Vintage Crossbody Leather Messenger Bag

Dimensions 15″ x 11″ x 4″

Weight abt 3 lbs

14 customer reviews

85% 5 stars

93% 4+ stars

Material: goat leather with olive green heavy-duty canvas lining

Handles: shoulder strap and handles

Closures: magnetic buttons

Computer: 15” Laptop/Macbook

Front pocket: external zipped pocket with flap cover

Front compartment:  three padded compartments with inner walls, two zippered internal pockets

Reviews: Commenters liked the leather and the clasps. The shoulder strap is comfortable. The zipper pocket is perfect for sensitive items.

Negative reviews mentioned that the snaps failed, and the buckle is a bit flimsy.

Number 6

Vintage Couture Leather Messenger Bag

Dimensions 16X12X5

Weight 2 lbs

22 reviews

77% 5 stars

95% 4+stars

Material: 100% Genuine Leather With Olive green heavy duty canvas

Handles: shoulder strap

Closures: flap with buckles

Computer: roughly 15”

Front compartment:  2 Inner Zipper Compartments

Reviews: Commenters loved the looks and the padding. There are a variety of interior zippered pockets. One commented it was easy to access the interior.

Negative comments included that the leather didn’t smell or feel real. They also didn’t like the buckles as they were cheap and came undone easily. They wished it had a handle.

Number 7

RusticTown Leather Shoulder-Briefcase Messenger Bag



44 reviews

80% 5 stars

91% 4+ stars

Material: buffalo leather with polyester lining

Handles: shoulder strap,

Closures: zippers

Computer: * according to reviewer held work laptop, personal MacBook Air, and an iPad

Front pocket: 2 external zipped, phone pocket, card holders

Front compartment:  1 inner zipped security pocket

Reviews: One commenter liked the roominess and felt it was very comfortable to carry.

Negative reviewers commented on the quality of snaps (broke loose) and that the threads were coming loose.

Number 8

Kattee Handmade Genuine Leather Satchel 15” Laptop Briefcase Messenger Bag

Dimensions  15.5″L x3″D x 11.5″H

Weight 4.4lb

105 reviews

77% 5 stars

89% 4+ stars

Material: Top Grain Crazy Horse genuine cow leather

Handles: Flat top handle; Removable, adjustable, thicken and padded shoulder strap

Closures: Front flap with easy-open push lock closure

Computer: Hold up to 15.7 inch Laptop, Computer compartment pocket fits 14-inch laptop

Front pocket: Front exterior with 2 zipper pockets

Front compartment:  zip wall pocket, cell phone holder and wallet holder and 2 pen holders

Rear compartment: 1 zipper pocket on back side

Reviews: Reviewers were generally favorable. One person said it is used as a handbag, shoulder bag, and messenger bag. They liked that the leather was supple but bag stands on its own.

One reviewer carries a laptop, legal leather binder, notepad, a couple of files, copy paper for a printer (roughly 35 sheets), medium size stapler, tablet, wireless earbuds, corded earbuds, business cards, phone charger, tablet charger, laptop charger, mouse, my computer glasses and some pens. The buckles and handles are top notch and a heavy brass very solid

Negative reviews are that the zippers are shiny new brass ones and don’t match the rest of the bag. It is heavy. Many mentioned that the bag left stains on clothing.

Number 9

Kenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Dual Compartment Flapover Portfolio

Dimensions 4 x 16 x 12.5 inches

Weight 3.35 lbs

701 reviews

69% 5 stars

86% 4+ stars

Material: Full grain cowhide leather exterior body material with a fully lined interior.

Handles: Removable, adjustable and padded shoulder strap and pull through the top handle

Closures: tuck lock

Computer: up to a 15.6-inch screen in padded computer pocket

Front pocket: holds business essentials including a cellular phone.

Front compartment:  padded computer pocket and three padded open accessories pockets.

Rear compartment: Spacious and open

Reviewer comments:  

Reviewers were generally pleased with this bag.  One commenter listed bag as able to carry 15” laptop, padfolio, 2-3 books, pens, notebooks, newspaper and charging cable.

Negative comments included that the buckles need two hands to open. Another person found that the fabric between the zipper and leather ripped after 2 months. The location is not repairable and occurred outside the 30 day exchange period.  

Number 10

Samsonite Colombian Leather Flap-Over Messenger Bag

Dimensions:  16″X 12″X 4.5″

Weight: 4.4 lbs

1913 Reviews

68% 5 stars

84% 4+ stars

Material: Natural cowhide

Handles: Removable, adjustable padded shoulder strap

Closures: Front Flap

Computer: Fits up to 15.6-inch laptops, dedicated tablet pocket

Front pocket: Organizer holds business essentials

Front compartment: Removable compartment for cell phone

Rear compartment: Zippered with ample room for files

Reviews: Decent reviews commented that there was plenty of rooms for 2 or 3 books, laptop, and cables. They liked the two zippered compartments. The hardware complemented the bag and feel solid.

Negative reviews mentioned the lack of customer service. Also, the strap was labeled as uncomfortable and unreliable.

Number 11

Jack & Chris Handmade Leather Messenger Bag

Dimensions 9”x 10.6″x4″

Weight 2.2 pounds

62 reviews

66% 5 star

84% 4+ stars

Material: full-grain cowhide leather


Closures: A flap with a magnetic snap closure

Computer: iPad

Front pocket: 1 Front Slip Pocket

Front compartment:  1 Main Compartment + 2 Inner Slip Pocket + 1 Inner Zipper Pocket

Rear compartment: 1 Rear Zipper Pocket

Reviews: slightly smaller than other bags. A commenter said that he carries a journal, stationery, and a moderately-thick book, plus pens, markers, my smartphone charger, and other small odds and ends. Pockets are nicely sized.

Negative reviews commented on the dye rubbing off, although the manufacturer recommends rubbing down the bag over the first few days of use.

Number 12

Visconti Cross Body Bag

Dimensions 11”x3.9”x13.3”

Weight 2.7 lbs

46 reviews

67% 5 stars

87% 4+ stars

Material: Distressed look oiled leather

Handles: Shoulder strap

Closures: Zip top opening

Computer: * according to reviewer 13″ Macbook

Front pocket: 2 front utility pockets with magnetic closures and front zipped pocket

Front compartment:  inside zipped and slip pockets and 2 mobile phone pockets

Reviews: Commenters loved the look and the unisex design.

Negative reviews commented on the zipper failure (while others had no problem). The shoulder strap failed one person. They also noted that the fitting and rivets fell apart fairly quickly and the magnetic button fell off completely.


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