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When I’m out and about, I don’t like carrying much. Having to haul stuff is so burdensome, so I make sure whatever I do have to carry can fit in my pockets.

If for some reason I must carry more than I can hold, I take one of these bags along.

A messenger is my shape of choice. It’s utilitarian, and not pursey or womanly at all; it can carry a good amount, but at the same time, isn’t too huge.

I have three in my current rotation. One is a leather messenger called The Journeyer from Far Horizon Traders. It’s the perfect size at 16″x12″, and the durability of the leather is solid, like you can swing it around and beat it up and it will look even better when you’re done.

When I’m feeling all techie and San Franciscan (or casual, I guess) I have this coated canvas bag that my friend Neil over at Incase gave me. This thing is really awesome, super slim, and built to take care of all your electronics… which is pretty much all I carry if you check out my article last week on my ten essentials.

The newcomer to the group is the Lorenzo leather briefcase by Maxwell Scott. A little baby by comparison (at around 14″x10″), this is good for carrying the bare minimum like an Air and a Moleskine, or maybe emptying out the contents of your pockets and storing them in this.

What I like about Maxwell Scott is that every one of their bags is made in Italy by craftsman who have probably been doing this for generations. Maxwell Scott is a small family-run company based in the UK, which I love, because small businesses are awesome.

Keep in mind, when you buy quality leather bags you’re paying a price, but quality equates to durability for years. So find a model you love and know you won’t have to think about buying a bag for a really long time.

I’ll have a more in-depth review of this piece once I get to spend more time with it. In the meantime, check out the selection over at Maxwell Scott.

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PUBLISHED May 2, 2011


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.


  • Antoine B.

    Do you have any suggestions for medium sized duffel bags?

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Are you looking for a leather? We have a leather duffel but K bought it in Florence. The other duffels we use are waxed cotton (The weekender from J.Crew http://bit.ly/lhNimZ) and another one we have is nylon, like for the gym. I think for an overall duffel you want to use in many different situations, a waxed cotton one would work well.

  • Dustin

    I carry everything I need in my large dark coffee brown Saddleback Leather briefcase. It’s big enough for my MacBook Pro, couple of moleskines, nalgene and my school notebooks.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      The Saddlebacks do seem nice. I can’t personally recommend them since I’ve never owned / used one, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about em. Any pictures of yours? You should post em here in the comments.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mfreddyscott Fred Scott

    Loving the look of that Maxwell Scott briefcase – the leather looks awesome! very tempting…. but will wait for your review first i think…..

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      It’s a very smooth leather. It just feels nice to the touch, nice finishing. It’s a bit small like I mentioned, but if this is any indication of the quality of the other bags they have, I wouldn’t hesitate to do business with them.

  • http://anurbanrenaissance.blogspot.com/ An Urban Renaissance

    Like the briefcase look. I have a bag from H&M that i love but its navy blue, i want a leather one to lighten it up for the S/S.

    http://anurbanrenaissance.blogspot.com/2011/01/throw-it-in-bag.html

    P.S. Nice images too.

  • Rgiess

    The Journeyer messenger bag looks awesome! Do you have some more photos of it, or do you know where I can find more than those provided on the seller’s homepage?

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      I haven’t found any, though they have most of their bags up on ebay: http://bit.ly/if1BnA ; their listings may have more photos. Owner is the nicest guy too, always answers my questions through email (back when I was trying to decide on a bag and had to return one).

  • Nate

    Hey Barron – great blog, by the way.

    About a month and a half ago I bought a Far Horizon Trader bag. I love the way it looks and the craftsmanship is excellent, but the smell is pretty pungent. Was there anything that you did to your bag to get the smell out?

    Thanks.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Hey Nate,

      Ah, forgot about that. I wrote the owner about that same smell. Apparently it’s the oils they use that coat the bag and strap, and since they stuff the strap in the bag during shipping, it causes it to smell.

      Mine went away after a while (though I think there’s still a faint scent). If it’s terrible, they can always send you another bag. The owner was really cool about it. If you go that route, just make sure to stress that your current one has that scent.