The time has come for me to buy the messenger bag that I will use exclusively for the next decade or more of my life. I've long since outgrown my university Timbuk2 and am more or less embarrassed to have that draped over the shoulder of the collection of designer tops I've begun to accumulate in recent years.
Note: The last good messenger bag thread is now about 3 years old, so I figured I'd post anew instead of resurrecting.
What I'm looking for is something thin with clean lines made out of extremely high quality leather. But it seems like it is tough to find excellence in both form and function. I want something stylish, modern and minimal that will last until I'm sick of it with no need to fix, replace, or mend it. I'm self employed and have no aesthetic idiom to cram myself into, so I can go whatever direction I wish here.
I've looked at Saddleback, which is kind of in the lead right now. But their bags are a tad bulky and heavy.
Mulholland looks of good quality, but I'm not seeing anything particularly modern there. I like to hint at "classic" without embracing it. Krane looks great too, but is rather pricy. Can anyone attest to the quality?
I guess I'm looking for recommendations and am wondering if there are any new messenger bag specialists out there that come with high marks. We'll set the budget around $500. Let's discuss.