Double Pocket Messenger
"When I Say I'm in Luv...
...you best believe I'm in luv, L-U-V." Those stolen lyrics serve me well as I prepare to sing the praises of this AWESOME bag for the second time. I first bought this bag in December and just bought a second, back-up bag, for that day in the distant future when the first one breathes its last. This is not a reflection on its quality, which is holding up nicely under much daily duress. Rather, as we all know, everything in this life has an expiration date and I can't imagine living without this bag, should it expire before I do and it becomes no longer available. I love it that much! In five months this bag has replaced every other bag I've carried for any other purpose. It holds everything I need to take with me and the size/weight makes carrying this bag a pleasure. Back issues are no problem for this sturdy little travel companion; wearing it, "I feel good." (More stolen lyrics.) The leather becomes magnificent with age and the bag is complimented wherever we go. If you have been mulling over the purchase of this bag, treat yourself. Life is too short to pass up an exquisite experience like Levenger's double pocket messenger... by far my favorite purchase in nearly 20 years as a Levenger customer. Buy it and travel well together!
May 24, 2014
Perfect Sized Bag
This bag is big enough to hold my Surface Pro and the files I need for back to back meetings yet small enough to be light and compact. The leather is very soft. There are so many pockets I don't need to carry a purse most days. It has been dificult finding a small bag that will hold something larger than an IPad--this bag is the perfect size!
February 22, 2014
More than I thought
I needed something smaller than my briefcase, so my wife gave me a messenger bag from Coach for Christmas. Returned it immediately, because it had just two pockets. Saw this and ordered it for the same price.
Love the pockets for organizing everything and was blown away by the great feel of it. Perfect for organizing what I need and the look and feel are just the best.
February 3, 2014
Fits in Carryon Rollerboard
This bag is used as a transition bag when I travel for work. It fits in my rollerboard suitcase for the overhead compartment.
The shoulder bag that sits on top of the rollerboard is too full of stuff to carry as the messenger once I get to the work location. I used to have to empty out that shoulder bag and use that as the messenger.
Now, with this messenger, once I arrive the work location, I can place the day's needed items (e.g. padfolio, dictionary, Blackberry, keys, etc) in it and go. On my return trip, I move these items back to my shoulder bag and place the messenger (in its cotton bag to prevent scratches) back into my rollerboard. I'm ready for boarding!
January 31, 2014
I am transitioning from a traditional briefcase to this very useful and high quality product. I take it everywhere and the multiple pockets help to keep me organized. I purchased the bag when it was on sale - a very good value for the price.
January 13, 2014
My first impressions upon opening the box were twofold: first, I was immediately inundated with the unmatched twin sensations of the feel and smell of the leather. Then, with the seductive feel and enchanting smell of new leather clouding my mind, I pulled the bag out of the box and beheld what seemed like a rather small -- perhaps too small bag.
However, when I opened the bag, removed the paper stuffing and began placing items from my previous bag (a ten-year old Levenger Stanley briefbag which was beginning to show some rather definite signs of aging) I was amazed at how this little bag swallowed everything, and still has lots of room left! The leather is indeed everything promised in the write-up -- it is soft, silky and smooth to the hand, but feels substantial at the same time. I did notice (per Alaskan) that the odor of new leather was rather strong at first, but now (after two days out of the box) it no longer permeates the room, but is still there, bewitching, when I hold the bag up to my nose.
Time will tell if this bag will hold up to the test of time, but given the 10 years of hard use I got from my Stanley bag, I am hopeful that ten years from now I may be contemplating yet another Levenger leather bag.
January 12, 2014
I love it
The bag arrived a short while ago and I was pleasantly surprised. It's much bigger than I expected. I can fit all my stuff in it. I wanted something to hold my iPad, my backup drive, my phone and several notebooks -- and everything fits easily! In fact, I can fit a few 13-inch notebooks in it although the bag says it's only 12 1/2 inches wide. I have the brown tech bag, too. This one is MUCH bigger. I'm a 6'5" guy and it doesn't look small when I carry it. It's a real, full-sized bag. The only semi-negative thing is the leather. It doesn't feel that great. However, I don't smell an unpleasant odor (this was mentioned by another reviewer). It's just that it doesn't feel like excellent leather (like the kind they use in the tech bag; that one is wonderful). That's my only complaint but it's not a deal-breaker. I'm very happy with the bag and would recommend it to a friend.
January 9, 2014
Good design but horrible smell
I ordered this for my husband who needed a smaller daily briefcase. We both loved the design and size. However, the leather actually felt more like a thin imitation leather. We still might have kept it but it had an absolutely horrible acrid smell. We left it out on the table for a few days to "air out" but the smell persists. Unfortunately, we are returning it.
January 6, 2014
Awesome Bag, Head To Toe...
A long search for the perfect leather Messenger bag has ended successfully with the purchase of this one. I LOVE IT. Perfect size, weight and layout. Plenty of pockets without the overkill. I wanted a zippered top instead of a flap, which this features. The handsome mocha exterior is office smart and street ready. I nearly bought a much more expensive bag from a well-known competitor, but when I watched an online demo of that bag, I was turned off by its floppiness outside a staged photo. THIS bag stands tall, filled or not. Construction is sturdy, and the leather is as silky as they say. The details are clean and I added a silver coin of personal significance to accompany us on our adventures...Waltzing Matilda indeed! This stunning bag would serve either gender well, both in looks and function. I've bought many exquisite things from Levenger over the years. This is by far my favorite.
December 14, 2013