dark brown vertical messenger bag (probably more accurately described as a satchel) with the strap attached in the back rather than at the sides.
Any more information on that bag, LAG? How big is it and where did you find it (or who made it for you)? It sounds very interesting. Gregory, if you want an unimpeachably masculine bag, buy a mil-surplus map case. They're relatively small, have cool metal hardware, cost very little, and are very practical. I've been using one, an olive drab Austrian Bundesheer surplus bag similar to this one (http://cgi.ebay.at/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...ayphotohosting
) , for years. To give you an indication of scale, it's about as long as a 15" Apple Powerbook, about 2/3 the width, and 3x the depth. A small umbrella will fit fine. As it happens, I'm also in the market for a new bag right now. Specifically, I want something that can hold my 17" Powerbook (~40cm x ~30cm x ~3) and its powersupply, along with associated work gear including an A4-sized leather portfolio. Oh, and I insist that it be vertically-oriented, too, as it is immensely easier to negotiate trains and planes with a vertical bag than with the horizontal bags everyone seems to make. And if it is leather, which it does not have to be, it must be in a colour other than black. (Black canvas or nylon or whatever is fine.) If there's something close to what I want, I will pay well for it, as my ideal bag bespoke has been seen to be staggeringly expensive to commission. I am intrigued by the Big BackOffice bag at Shaun Jackson Designs (http://sjdesign.com/backoffice5.html
), but as always am highly reluctant to buy anything sight-unseen. I am also allergic to plastic hardware, but for the price if the rest of the bag is as durable as claimed I would be willing to find proper hardware or have it made.... Has anyone experience with this bag? Peace, JG