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The Vitesse Messenger Bag
The Vitesse Messenger Bag
Brown Waxed Canvas
Brown Waxed Canvas
Sewn-in side pockets for organization
Sewn-in side pockets for organization
External dimensions
External dimensions
Fits a laptop-in-a-sleeve
Fits a laptop-in-a-sleeve
Quick access without opening the flap
Quick access without opening the flap
Store an iPhone
Store an iPhone
Adjustable strap
Adjustable strap
Optional cycling strap
Optional cycling strap
Carry handle
Carry handle
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See more User Reviews below

Vitesse Messenger bag

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The bike-friendly, work-suitable Vitesse Messenger includes an internal pocket for a laptop inside a sleeve, pockets for small and quick-access items, and a hidden scratch-free phone pocket. Messenger Utopia.

All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


  • Waxed Canvas - brown or navy
  • Naturally-tanned chocolate leather tabs and handle

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Dimensions: 16-18 (tapered) x 13 x ½-4 (tapered) inches; 2 lbs.
  • Volume: 14.5 liters

  • Top grab handle
  • Nylon adjustable strap
  • Front waterproof-zippered pockets with internal Ultrasuede phone pocket
  • Optional stabilizer messenger strap
  • Internal laptop pocket

The Vitesse Messenger has a large unpadded laptop pocket sized for devices up to 14.25" x 9.75". We recommend storing your laptop or tablet in a protective Sleeve :

  1. MacBook:
    • 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina
    • 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina, Air Retina
    • 12” MacBook

  2. iPad:
    • iPad Pro (11”, 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio

  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5” & 15")
    • Surface Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
    • Surface Laptop 2

  4. Other confirmed devices:
    • Pixel Slate
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS (13” & 15”)
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Waterfield Vitesse messenger bag review: the perfect bag?

AndroidGuys - May 15, 2019

“The Waterfield Vitesse will continue to be my messenger/shoulder bag of choice for the foreseeable future.”

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Our Favorite Messenger Bag

Wirecutter July 11, 2016

"At once stylish and sturdy, this bag transitions seamlessly between the office and more casual settings."

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Waterfield Designs Vitesse Messenger Bag Review

Best Leather - 7/23/16

"Vitesse is a French noun meaning speed. The word suggests a European zest combined with rapid utility. It’s the perfect name for the Waterfield Designs Vitesse Messenger Bag. The bag is simple, lightweight, and has a certain flair in its design."

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Versatile messenger bag fits all your stuff and more

Cult of Mac - August 17, 2015

"If you’re looking for something that can keep your stuff together no matter what you need contained, this is one of the better buys out there. And you’ll look great doing it."

Customer Reviews

Based on 134 reviews
The best quick bag 👌

For a quick grap bag of essentials

Great quality, and love all the compartments

This is a heavy duty bag that I can see lasting me for many years to come. I love all the hidden compartments and you can tell its extremely high quality. My only (very) small gripe is the way the bag crinkles against me instead of laying flat when across my shoulders, but this is more an aesthetic thing than anything else and likely changes depending on whats in the bag.

Excellent Bag

I've used the same backpack for the previous 8 years between college and commuting to and from work. I've had my WaterField messenger bag for the past month and it has been worth every penny. It's less bulky than my backpack but holds the same amount and it fits better. Plus, for the couple times I've had to hustle to catch the train the bag is easy to strap over a shoulder and run with. Glad I made the switch!

Great bag, good craftsmanship.

Been using the bag for a few a couple of weeks now. It's a good size for a work bag, maybe a little small for a bike commuter bag if you need to carry clothes and shoes.

Only improvement in general design that I'd make is in laptop access. Previous messenger's I've owned had a back access pocket. So you could pull your laptop out without opening the main compartment. Though with the strap/velcro style it might be a difficult feature to add without impacting the aesthetics.

Does what it is supposed to do

I am retired and live on the Coast of Maine. I use my Vitesse for on-foot trips to town to pick up groceries and, sometimes, books. It is comfortable and, so far, has absorbed avery item I have asked it to take. I can ask no more.

It is also good-looking.

Is this waterproof?

It’s not waterproof, but it is water-resistant.

What is the Vitesse Collection?

Although vitesse is French for "speed", the only speedy thing about the Vitesse Collection is how fast it can help you transition from casual to work and vice versa. The straightforward, un-complicated designs use lightweight canvas and full-grain leather to create contemporary pieces from old favorites. This collection is committed to the essentials, and have an easy, relaxed style: few pockets, no lining, no extra hardware. Fold and take them along as second travel bags, or use as your primary carry-all.

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  • Love the bag! Well made!
    - Edgardo D., New York
  • Vitesse Messenger, friendship at first sight.
    - Eugene G., Georgia
  • Very functional without bulk
    - Jackie D., USA
  • Great customer service and wonderful products
    - Thomas F., Minnesota