I carry two messenger bags. The first is a tan corduroy bag from Rafe new York from a couple of years back. It is a pretty standard messenger bag design, but the color and material are pretty distinctive (I've got lots of compliments in the last couple of years. Well, one guy friend of mine calls it my man purse, but he hasn't been out of free conference and company t-shirts and khakis in about 3 years) It has a flap and two dark leather straps with rivets to keep the flap secure (one of the rivets is broken.) It is piped in the same dark brown leather. The shoulder strap is dark brown, heavy cotton material with a powder blue stripe. There is a silver buckle. The second bag is a dark brown calfskin number by John Varvatos (got it on sale - couldn't really have justified the pricetag otherwise.) It is more of a map case design, longer than it is wide. There are likewise two straps (with snaps) holding the flap in place. There is a smaller, zippered compartment in addition to the larger main compartment, which is partitioned into two. It has a saddlebag style strap (attached at the back rather than the side of the bag) which makes it quite comfortable wearing. Sometimes, for interviews, etc, I'll carry a leather envelope - burgundy calfskin by Longchamps, about 100 years old, but continuingly serviceable.