Thanks for all the responses! Really helped a lot.
Ended up getting a Jack Spade messenger for him. It was http://www.jackspade.com/messenger-bags/messenger-bags-for-men/nylon-canvas-day-bag/NYRU0049,default,pd.html?dwvar_NYRU0049_color=400&varAttrColor=400&start=15&navid=null actually in navy.
Felt like it wasn't worth spending more..since he's not interested in leather. And at least the bag didn't have a huge damn triangle or (I HOPE AT LEAST) crappy straps
By the way, does anyone have stylish suggestions for wallets? So far I'm deciding between drawing a design for a wallet I'll enjoy with Bea at April in Paris and Valextra. I haven't visited the store in SF but from the swatches online I think the turquoise would look fabulous (I like bright colors ) Maybe Rach can help me here, how do you like the turq? And what are you opinions on Vert Fuelliage?
The Valextra http://www.mrporter.com/product/316833 has pretty good leather quality...the color is pretty nice but I'd like less card compartments. Any suggestions sirs?