Thick Leather Messenger Bag
- Expertly Crafted
- Excellent for the Busy Student or Office Worker
- Stylish and Rustic Design
- A Lifelong Gift
- Internal Key Strap
- 2073 Guarantee
Length: 15 Inches
Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Tough Full Grain Leather, Rugged Brass Metal
USE & CARE
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
This rugged messenger bag will be your new companion everywhere you go. Built for a lifetime of use, this rustic bag is everything you need for work, your studies, or however your purpose sees fit. Perfect for travel as a carry-on piece, fitting comfortably under most airline seats. With adjustable straps for comfort and practicality and ample space for files and a laptop, this is a must-have item that oozes with style. Whether it's for yourself or a gift for family, a friend or a loved one, you can't go wrong with the beautifully hand-crafted messenger bag.
The messenger bag originates from New York city during the mid-1900's, and legend has it that the bag was born as an aid for telephone linemen, who would store their tools, materials and even their lunch in the bag while they hung above the streets maintaining the telephone poles. Not long after, the 70's saw the shift of the bag's profession from telephone maintenance to bicycle messengers due to its practical design and the surging number of motor vehicles on the streets of New York. As the messenger profession grew, so did the image of the messenger bag. By the end of the century, the messenger bag had become a fashion accessory, and its carry-all, rugged, working-class image has taken the mainstream stage by storm.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment not only helps the leather to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers, it also eliminates the need for a lining (often the first to tear) offering a natural and durable look.
The leather we use, originating from our well-established supplier Compiel, is nothing but Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they differ in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece. It's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide that is treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring, and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally, it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.