The Executive Leather Messenger by WaterField Designs is a handcrafted bag that absolutely smells of quality and elegance. It has a timeless design, dozens of thoughtful details and a beautiful leather construction. And for $ 400, it's also pretty expensive.
I'm a pretty simple guy. I've been using modest laptop bags from Timbuk2 and Osprey for years. Bags in the $ 1
When I got the opportunity to read the $ 400 Executive Leather Messenger of WaterField Designs, I decided why the hell did not . I'm not sure I can use this bag legally because I'm not an executive, but damn it – it's time to see which four stacked Benjamin's bring me into a laptop bag. This post is my first impression of this bag. I keep it as a long-term lender so I can update it in 3-6 months to see that cute, sweet patina (and how the bag will last).
So, my first impression? Damn. This bag is an eye-catcher. It is so noble that I honestly wondered what it would look like beside my normal everyday clothes. I'm not a guy who wears suit trousers and blazers everyday. I'm more of a guy wearing T-shirts and camouflage pants everyday. That's the opposite of the aesthetic of a leader, but I do not really care about it and use what I like so I pretty much got over my worries. This bag is hot.
But what concerns me in general when it comes to bags – especially messenger bags – is organization. The Executive Leather Messenger is available in two sizes: Compact and Full (for a size comparison, visit the WaterField website). Since I want to use this bag exclusively for months, I have decided on the full size and I'm glad that I did that. Normally, I have no ton of stuff with me, and the full size leaves some room if I have to put in something more. I am not sure if the compact would have that.
The interior is spacious and has just the right level of organization. A large, super-soft, cushioned area is for a laptop, and a smaller area for a tablet has the same soft lining. The larger area is wide open, but there are two smaller pockets available – one with and one without zipper. Two extra pockets with soft lining are located on the outside of the main compartment (just below the flap) and are great for your phone. Or just put your hands in it because this soft liner is awesome.
I think, what's most impressing me so far, however, is the construction. This bag is so solid – the leather is heavy and thick and the stitching is great. It feels very good together and durable. The clasp that holds the flap closed is also fantastic – it's a paragliding-style clasp that's very satisfying when closed with one click and that can easily be opened with one hand. It's metal, so you will not be able to break it easily. It should pass the test of time.
And I mean, for $ 400 I would hope so, but you never know with premium products. So far – and remember that I've only had it for a week – it feels solid. I'll let you know how it works in six months. I'm not sure if it's worth $ 400 or not, but I can definitely tell you that it's a damn fine bag that I'm looking forward to. Damn it. Fine.