The lightweight, minimalist Vitesse Brief
Made from natural, distressed waxed canvas
Laptop pocket fits devices secured in their own sleeves
Deep side pockets store accessories
High-performance paragliding-style buckles
Front organizational pockets underneath the flap
High-performance custom hardware
Back pocket
Insert laptop with protective sleeve in the large pocket (Shown: Neo Sleeven $39 sold separately)
Includes 1.5" Simple Strap
Wear on the shoulder or hand-carry
OPTIONAL: Leather Shoulder Pad with grippy underside ($25 sold separately)
OPTIONAL: Upgrade to a matching Supreme Suspension Strap (additional $25)
OPTIONAL UPGRADE: Supreme Suspension Strap (additional $25)
Available in three colorways
Brown Waxed Canvas
Black Waxed Canvas
Blue Waxed Canvas

Vitesse Brief

-40 in stock

You'll love the elegant simplicity of the Vitesse Brief. The design showcases the natural character of the 15-oz. waxed canvas, chosen for its abrasion- and water-resistance. Expertly-sewn binding on all seams keeps them from fraying, and a double layer of canvas on the bottom and sides bolsters durability. Quality hardware and full-grain leather accents complete the Brief's buy-it-for-life look. Includes a 1.5-inch Simple Strap which may be upgraded to a Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap.

See the Vitesse Collection for the Vitesse Cycling Musette, the medium-sized Vitesse Plus, or the larger Vitesse Messenger Bag


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



  • 15-oz. Waxed Canvas
  • More details here


Dimensions & Weight: 

  • Waxed Canvas:
    15.5" (l) x 4" (w) x 11" (h); 1.7 lbs.
    39.37 cm (l) x 10.16 cm (w) x 27.94 cm(h); .77 kg

    Volume = 11 liters



  • Constructed from rugged waxed canvas in black, brown, or navy
  • Spacious main compartment with internal laptop pocket and two deep organizational pockets
  • Laptop pocket with velcro tab secure the device and keep it tight
  • External front pocket underneath flap with 3 sewn-in compartments for phone, wallet, AirPods, etc.)
  • Two paragliding-style buckles secure the flap
  • Full-grain leather top handles for a comfort
  • Back pocket stores documents, magazines, notepad of paper, etc.
  • Bottom base uses two layers of canvas for heft and durability.
  • Includes adjustable nylon strap. Can upgrade to Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap at additional cost. 
  • Durable, high-performance custom metal hardware 
  • Waterproof YKK zippers
    - Neo Sleeve custom-fit for MacBook, iPad, and other PCs and tablets (sold separately $39)
    - Matching Leather Shoulder Pad (sold separately $25)
    - Upgrade to Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap  (additional $25)
    - Martexin™ Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.
  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Ike K. (Texas, United States)
Elegant and rugged

The bag looks professional enough for work yet tough enough to handle any adventure. It looks like a bag Indiana Jones would've carried, which makes me like it even more :).

John L. (England, United Kingdom)
Great mid sized bag for a multitude of functions

My first use for this bag was to go away for a weekend. In the bag were: wash bag, Fuji X100V camera, scarf, AirPods, charging wires and charger, passport, two long sleeved shirts, pair of shorts, pair of swimming shorts, swimming goggles, assorted socks and pants. There was still space for an iPad or laptop, but I was only away for three nights. It was arranged to get to the wash bag and passport easily. Perfect use-case scenario? I will use it as my ‘second’ bag on longer trips. Thanks Waterfield!

Brian A. (Illinois, United States)
Everything I hoped it would be...

...excellent combo of layout, weight, construction quality, and style. Just the right size for a day at the office, and looking forward to traveling with it.

Josh T. (Kentucky, United States)
My favorite messenger style bag.

This is my fourth Waterfield bag and like usual, the quality and craftsmanship is some of the best in the industry. I've been using the bag daily for work and commuting by bike which it is perfect for. I love the feel and durability of the waxed canvas, it fits comfortably over my shoulder and getting in and out on the fly is a breeze. This is my favorite bag from Waterfield so far and I know it will last me years of use!

Aaron P.A. (California, United States)
Superb quality!

Repeat customer! Such excellent products this one is no exception.


Available in one size, the Vitesse Brief can fit various laptops and tablets. We recommend storing your laptop or tablet in a protective sleeve, like WaterField's Neo Sleeve for optimal protection. These devices can fit in your Vitesse Brief:


  1. MacBook:
    • NEW 15" MacBook Air
    • 16'' MacBook Pro 
    • 14" MacBook Pro 
    • 13” MacBook Pro 
    • 13" MacBook Air  
  2. iPad:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover

Note: Fits other similarly-sized devices in the special pocket or in the main compartment. See custom-fit Sleeve recommendations here. 




The minimalist design and open interior of this versatile, lightweight brief let you carry work or personal items with ease.

Inside, a wide pocket fits a laptop (protected in its own sleeve) or documents, and two deep organizational pockets hold accessories. The sides and bottom are reinforced with a double layer of waxed canvas for durability.



Not all waxed canvas bags are created equal. Lower quality bags use 6 oz. canvas. The majority designated as “durable” use 12 oz. canvas. At 15 oz., our waxed canvas exceeds what is commonly sold in the market, yet it's still lightweight. It has a naturally rugged, distressed look you can re-wax to freshen it up. 

The canvas comes from a reputable U.S. mill that has produced these fabrics since 1930. This specialized textile is coated with Martexin Original Wax™ and shouldn't require much cleaning. Just wipe off stains with a damp cloth. 



Keep your Vitesse Brief looking new by applying wax when you think it needs a little refresh. Although you can use any wax, you may want to try Martexin Original Wax™ which was originally used to coat your canvas bag. 



High quality hardware components complement the elegant simplicity of the Vitesse Brief, ensuring that what you carry will remain safe and protected.  


Double zipper-pulls overlap so you can lock them together to secure your bag's contents. The straps attach to industrial-grade clips that swivel so your Brief stays balanced on your body as you move. The double paragliding-style buckles on the flap are easy to open for those familiar with it, but are a deterrence for pickpockets. 



All Vitesse bags have a straightforward, uncomplicated design that makes them ideal lightweight everyday carry bags. All are made from the same 15 oz. premium waxed canvas, use high performance hardware, and are built to last. They're a perfect choice for buy-it-for-life shoppers. 


In addition to the Vitesse Brief, the Vitesse line includes the Vitesse Musette Collection which includes three sizes: the small Vitesse Cycling Musette,  the medium Vitesse Musette Plus, or the large Vitesse Messenger Bag



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