Hi, I have written about men bags before (check the post here), not specifically about messenger bags but they’re covered too. I find it hard to specify brands since nowadays everyone is making their own version of the messenger bag and you might find interesting items from unknown or unexpected labels. I believe it all comes down to what you’re looking for: a cheaper alternative or an investment that will last a lifetime…Nonetheless, here are some alternatives I checked out when looking for my bag:
- Freitag (robust, long lasting bags with an urban feel)
- Filson (providing quality for over 100 years)
- Fred Perry (a british touch)
- Mismo (exquisite bags)
- Barbour (known for their waxed goods)
If you’re looking for a more affordable bag, it might be worth taking a look at retailers such as Zara, Massimo Dutti or H&M: the trick is to thoroughly go through their inventory until something good comes up. And check Asos website, they have a great variety of bags, including vintage ones.