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All About the Messenger Bag

All About the Messenger Bag

Amongst the fabulous goodies we sell at United Streets of Art, including unique passport holders and artwork wallets, are canvas and leather messenger bags. Great for both guys and girls, these are the must-have bag for students, weekends, and anyone who wants convenience and to look cool.

What is a messenger bag? It’s simply a cloth or leather bag with a long strap, which is intended to be worn slung over a shoulder and across the body.  The bag itself rests on the lower back or hip. Today they are an urban fashion icon (so what better place for street-art inspired designs?), but their history is interesting…

Messenger bags were originally called courier bags. The same basic design of bag has been used for many centuries by postal workers, foot messengers, and bicycle couriers. In the UK, some Royal Mail carriers continue to use messenger bags for their mail deliveries.

Current and modern messenger bag design dates from the 1950s, and the bags utility linesmen used. These were handy as the linesmen could carry their tools easily as they climbed telegraph and utility poles. These original bags were crafted from cotton canvas and had a lining that was waterproof. Today, professional messenger bags are made with nylon.

Fashion brands have been creating messenger style bags for more than one hundred years.

Why Choose a Messenger Bag? Messenger bags are not only cool; they are comfortable and convenient to carry, fit large or bulky items easily, and the carrier has easy access to the contents of the bag. They are ideal for use as a school or college bag, a laptop bag, or even a diaper bag.

  • Choose a messenger bag of great quality – natural and strong materials such as canvas or leather
  • Consider internal pocket requirements
  • Choose great details – high quality stitching and reinforcement, buckles, rivets, and the right design that you love
  • The strap should be adjustable and comfortable to wear

Messenger bags from United Streets of Art are beautifully designed and crafted. They come in a range of designs and all feature:

  • 100% prewashed cotton canvas/cotton twill
  • Genuine leather flap
  • Fully lined
  • Polyurethane/cotton webbing adjustable straps
  • Zipper closure at top
  • Antique finish brass metal buckle
  • Magnetic quick snap buckle
  • Large internal pocket
  • Four external pockets: large front pocket, back zippered pocket, and small side pockets

Browse our range of messenger bags at United Streets of Art today.

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