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40 year old equivalent of a Manhattan messenger bag

(8 Posts)
drunkathousandtimes Mon 23-Jan-17 20:54:24

Back to work after nearly 10 years. I need to buy a bag, possibly big enough for a laptop, definitely for tablet and A4 notebook. (Oh god, do people still use notebooks?! shock)

These are vaguely the right price range. I'll dress vaguely smartly but not in a suit. I am not, as will be evident by my cluelessness, a hipster. Would prefer casual.

I like the orla kiely one but that's probably a very middle aged mum look.

Any help welcome?

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 23-Jan-17 20:56:06

A Zara city bag . Perfect !

drunkathousandtimes Tue 24-Jan-17 07:41:45

Thanks KenDodds. Maybe a little too handbag like for me.

bilknapplapp Tue 24-Jan-17 07:44:57

Fjällräven do a nice messenger bag...

bilknapplapp Tue 24-Jan-17 07:46:42

But also, go for the Orla Kiely if you like it! Why not?smile

KarmaNoMore Tue 24-Jan-17 07:56:03

It depends on what you do for a living and what colours you use most (you don't want something that clashes with your clothes every day.

The first one: that strap may be too thin to carry the weight of a laptop.

Second one would be my choice (if I was in black most days)

Third... I really liked the shape but not the colours, would love that shape in leather or expensive fabric but in its current form it looks a bit to teen to me.


BikeRunSki Tue 24-Jan-17 08:40:36

I agree that the strap on the first is too thin to support the weight of a laptop comfortably. To be honest, if you need to carry a laptop any distance every day, unless it's a small screen MacBook Air, your back will thank you to get a rucsac.

But if you want a messenger bag, Visconti have nice work-y ones. Surprisingly, M&S men's sometimes do too.

drunkathousandtimes Tue 24-Jan-17 13:35:20

Ok useful feedback as likely to be a clunky laptop so maybe a rucksack is better. Meaning maybe I just need a bag that is big enough for A4. Thanks.

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