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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
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below

Vitesse Messenger bag

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Messenger Utopia. The lightweight Vitesse Messenger is an elegant, bike-friendly, work-appropriate messenger bag with functionality and style to spare. The vast main compartment includes a pocket for a laptop-in-a-sleeve plus organizational pockets for small items. Front zippered pockets are great for easily accessible items and a hidden scratch-free phone pocket keeps that necessity safe and ready. Take it everywhere!

Part of the Vitesse Collection.

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:

  • 16"-18" x 13" x 4"; 1.9 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”)

  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5” & 15")
    • Surface Pro 6, Go
    • Surface Laptop 2

  4. Other confirmed devices:
    • Pixel Slate
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS (13” & 15”)
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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 114 reviews
Excellent Quality & Great Looking

I was looking for a messenger bag for my new college graduate son that was both grown up yet trendy. This bag exceeds all expectations. He loves it. Excellent quality and looks good. Sturdy and rugged it is able to fit 2 laptops and other electronic gadgets. Highly recommend this bag.


It's s an xmas gift, still in the box

Looks great; feels great; performs well

Looks smart: the canvas gets mildly scuffed in appealing patterns. And it feels great in some of the same ways that leather does, although I have trouble describing the similarity. It's weird to call canvas supple, but it matches my connotations of the word.

Seems durable, except maybe for the carry handle, which I haven't really used.

I've been using it to take a 15" laptop and a few accessories to work, via car, train, and bike, and it's performed well for each mode. I got it with the cross strap for when I bike 20 minutes to work and have had no issues with getting it into place or having it stay in place.

It's been a pleasure to have and use over the past few weeks.

Vitesse Messenger

I absolutely love it. Only thing I'd tweak is adding another secondary inner pocket on the other side of the zippered pouch - I ended up just moving all my cards, etc into one of the interior pockets after a few days of trying to get them to work in the pouch's slot (apologies for all this terrible terminology - it's tricky to describe). Kinda bummed about it, since having a usable quick-access pocket in the front would've made this bag perfect, in my opinion. I'm sure you have a great reason for designing it the way you did, though. Really thrilled with the quality, styling, and like 95% of the functionality. Great job.

Fantastic messenger bag but issue with a zipper

Excellent bag, all that I hoped and still very happy with the purchase. My only issue is that a few days after my purchase one of the zippers unlocked and is not in place properly. It works for now, but if I tug too hard it might come apart again.

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