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Unlike dress shirts, a messenger bag only gets better with the occasional stain. It’s not damage; it’s character.

Of course, a little waxed cotton helps. These Earnest Alexander messenger bags (via Refinery29) aren’t blowing any minds, but it’s good to have a source for rugged satchels that just happens to stitch them together in New York—a locale with more than its share of style locavores.

Just be sure it doesn’t match your jacket.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom