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

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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:

  • Vitesse Messenger:
  • 16”-18” (l) x 4” (w) x 13” (h); 1.9 lbs.
    40.64-45.72 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 33.02 (h) cm; 0.86 kg
    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.

  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 145 reviews
Vitesse Messenger: Poorly designed and expensive

I paid lots of money for a poorly designed bag. My 3.000 euro MacBook Pro is not protected at all and now I have to spend more money to buy a protection sleeve. The Vitesse Messenger bag is an expensive and useless piece of junk.

Excellent canvas bag

I love the look, the feel, and the practicality of the bag. I ordered it last minute for a trip to Japan, thus I didn't have time to order the shoulder strap pads to go with it.
I loved it! (With a couple of caveats.)
I carried a bunch of camera gear and random gadgets in it, wandering around doing urban street photography. If I had had the aforementioned shoulder strap pads, and if the bag had just a *little* internal bracing to help it keep its structure with odd-shaped contents (like a DSLR with protruding lense), then it would have been perfect.
As it is, I definitely love the aesthetic of the stiff waxed canvas design, leather straps, and the zippered pockets. The messenger design worked *perfectly* for swinging around to get quick access for your gear.
I'd recommend it!

Finally! Well done!

Great messenger bag! Perfect size and spot on vintage character. Only change to suggest would be the strap adjustment which currently is a sharp aluminum square that sometimes digs in and is challenging to adjust on the go. Will probably customize soon, otherwise very happy at long last to find a bag that is functional space wise and aesthetic!

Great materials

Overall great design and materials. Would recommend making strap modular (removable by clamp/hook of some kind)

Good Messenger Bag

Good bag, however, there are two to three things that would be worthy of improvement even if it makes the price higher.
The outer zipper pocket should be divided in the middle. An attachment for key is missing. A zipper pocket inside the bag would be great.
Quality, appearance and material are very good.

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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."


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:
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, 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 X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
    • Surface Laptop 3 (13.5" & 15")

  4. Other confirmed devices:
    • Pixel Slate
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS (13” & 15”)


Details matter. A phone pocket of soft micro suede is sewn at the right height so your phone doesn't fall to the bottom. 


"Very pleased with the slanted easy-access zips on the outer pocket and with the little inner pouch inside it. Thank you!" - Nicola M. 

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