Vitesse Messenger Bag
Vitesse Messenger in durable waxed canvas
Choose Brown or Navy
NEW! Secure, metal buckle
Interior side pockets for organization
Fits a laptop-in-a-sleeve
Angled front pocket for easy access without opening the flap
Full grain leather handle; wide adjustable strap
OPTIONAL: Cycling Chest Strap

Vitesse Messenger Bag

-55 in stock

With its tapered profile and angled adjustable strap, the bike-friendly, work-suitable Vitesse Messenger sits comfortably on your back. NEW quick-release metal buckles modernize this favorite everyday carry. 

See also the small Vitesse Cycling Musette, the medium Vitesse Musette Plus or the professional Executive Leather Messenger with built-in sleeves for two devices. 

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


  • Waxed Canvas
  • Full-grain Leather
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 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


  • Simple design for more flexibility and versatility in what you carry.
  • Leather top handle facilitates a quick grab.
  • Paragliding-style buckles attach to adjustable tabs to secure the flap.
  • Main compartment and internal laptop pocket with space for both small items and larger gear.
  • Front waterproof-zippered pockets with internal Ultrasuede phone pocket.
  • Optional cycling chest strap.
  • OPTIONAL: 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 166 reviews
Andy Y. (District of Columbia, United States)
Super Durable, Just what I needed!

Holds work notebooks, eye glasses and fountain pens perfectly!

Kee H.N.
I like it

I switched from the essential
1. The essential strap frayed after several use & I dislike frayed straps. All high quality bags should not fray
2. If I put small items at the front, it bulges & no longer looks nice
3. This series has a flap & so it covers well & does not bulge
4. The inner pockets is fantastic & better than the essential design
5. The buckle of essential is easier to use than the Vitesse.
6. I like the fabric of Vitesse
7. It’s not heavy too

Enrique A. (Bogota D.C., Colombia)
Very impressed so far

My bag arrived recently and when I unpacked it I was immediately impressed by the materials. The canvas felt substantial but flexible, the strap was very comfortable, and the hardware was top notch. The vitesse messenger bag is a premium product, but not ostentatious. I took it on a trip to the university library and it was comfortable all the way through, even when loaded with a few books. There was also some light rain, but thanks to the wax my bag didn’t get too wet. All in all, I’m very happy so far with my purchase and can’t wait to use it more.

Matthias B. (California, United States)
Great Product

Great Product, a quick and super 5* service. Can’t wait to use the bag on my next trip to Europe.

Natalie B. (Virginia, United States)
Perfect Gift

The Vitesse Messenger Bag is the perfect gift for a college graduate! Quality product, very stylish, and really functional for someone starting out in the workforce!

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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. These devices can fit in your bag: 


1. MacBook: 

  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • 14" MacBook Pro
  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • NEW 15" MacBook Air
  • 13" MacBook Air

2. iPad: 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard

3. Microsoft Surface: 

  • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
  • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")

4. Other confirmed devices: 

  • Pixel Slate
  • Lenovo X1 Carbon
  • Dell XPS (13” & 15”)

5. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews: 

  • DSLR camera gear and lenses (Geoffrey E.M., Soquel, US)


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. 


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, yet it's still lightweight. It has a naturally rugged, distressed look and can be re-waxed 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. Stains can be wiped off with a damp cloth. 


Keep your bag looking new by applying wax when you think it needs a little refresh. Although any wax is applicable, you can use Martexin Original Wax™ which was initially used to coat your canvas bag. 


"As a bike messenger on the streets of Boston, my messenger bag was my mobile office. Simply designed with one roomy interior, it carried my daily ncessities: packages, lunch, change of clothes, and everything else. 


When designing the Vitesse Messenger, we kept it true to its origins and added modern touches to make it more comfortable, durable, and stylish. When carrying laptops and tablets, be sure to put them in their own protective sleeves."






The Vitesse Musette Collection has a straightforward, uncomplicated design — ideal for your minimalist, lightweight everyday carry. Choose from three sizes: the small Vitesse Cycling Musette,  the medium Vitesse Musette Plusor the large Vitesse Messenger Bag


Made from premium waxed canvas. 



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