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All purchasing on the website will stop on Oct 11, 2023, and all functionality on the website and in the app will no longer be available on Oct 27, 2023. Learn more here.

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Minimum $300

Premium Leather Messenger Bag

Retail $299.95

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Timeless design, bullet-proof quality, outstanding functionality add up to a perfect daily use laptop bag or overnight travel bag.



  • Excellent general use or laptop/ tablet shoulder bag
  • Available for Customization Program. Click here for more info
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  • Premium, vegetable dyed, ultra "soft hand" ethically sourced leathers
  • Choose from raw, unfinished, Vintage brown or
  • Classic pebble grain, satin black hides
  • Hand crafted, one at a time, as an individual expression of the leather making art
  • Contrasting white stitching highlights the industry's highest build quality
  • Will hold laptops up to 17"
  • Main compartment is a single, open space with fabric divider on rear panel
  • Fully padded and lined, super soft brushed interior fabric
  • Quick grab handle for removing the bag from overhead bins and cars
  • 7 Pocket front panel organizer
  • Integrated side mounted auxiliary pocket
  • Large front and rear exterior zippered pockets
  • Silent magnetic closure allows quick and easy access to interior
  • Thickly padded, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Bundled Bag/ Sleeve Sets available
  • 15.5" x 12.5" x 6" (at widest point) / 3.75 lbs
  • Optional matching Accessory Pouch available (6" x 6" x 1" )
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty  / 14 Day Return Policy
  • International Customers: Complete shipping costs and import duties will be shown at checkout. You will incur no further costs to receive your MacCase than those shown. 
  • Any questions? Call M-F 10-4 PST, 760 729 0620

Is this the Best Leather Messenger Bag for Me?

If you're looking for a beautifully designed, handcrafted alternative to the cheap, poor quality shoulder bags available at big box stores and online retailers then this bag is for you. Crafted from our exclusive, ethically sourced hides and In continuous production for over a decade, it's the perfect companion to meet your every day transport needs. 

What Problems Does This Leather Messenger Bag Solve? 

  • Provides a proven, quality way to protect and transport everything you need to carry
  • Feel good knowing you've chosen a product made from ethically sourced leather
  • Provides piece of mind from 10+ years of continuous production
  • Offers far greater value than similarly priced competitors made from cheap, inferior Chinese leather 



  • 15.5" x 12.5" x 6" (at widest point) / 3.75 lbs


A Quality Leather Messenger Bag

At MacCase, we like to bring products to market that are void of an expiration date. It's much, much harder to design and execute products that can stand the test of time, both stylistically and functionally. Our Premium Leather Messenger Bag is such design. Since their introduction, these models has attracted customers from around the world.

Their tough, durable hides, impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design combine to tell the world you are someone of impeccable taste, whose going somewhere and getting things done.  

It's modern, classic, futuristic and vintage all at the same time. It's fully padded and lined interior will keep whatever you put inside safe and secure. With one of our shoulder bags, you don't just carry a bag you make a statement.

It's not often that a company trying to sell you a brand new product shows you one of their products that is nearly a decade old. Even more rare, is that the product they they are showing you is one that has been around the world and back numerous times. It's not one that has been sitting in someone's closet all these years and looks pristine and perfect.

A Leather Messenger Bag That Endures

Why are we showing you a nearly decade old MacCase Leather Bag? So you know if you buy one, you'll have it for a good long time. These bags are not the same as the pieces you see in the big box retail stores, or coming out of China that are all over the internet claiming to be "genuine leather". Our shoulder bags are much, much better. The real deal. 

As you can see in the image, our real Vintage hides patina in over time. They get lighter in some spots as the natural oils evaporate out and darker in others where you touch the hide. This gives the bag character that is reflective of you, it's owner. Many of our customers think this is one of the best features of our Vintage products. 

But in order to patina in, the bag has to last long enough to do so. All our Premium Leather models are built to in industry's highest standards using the best materials. This is reflected in every stitch when you first take it out of the box, and like the bag in our photo, nearly a decade after you've been using it.

Another thing that you may notice is the closure system has changed. While we liked the aesthetic appearance of the polished, stainless steel buckles, they never worked quite as solidly as their ABS plastic cousins. We have replaced the dual metal clips with a single, centrally located magnetic closure. 

There are several benefits to this. Getting in and out of the bag, especially of you are standing, is now much, much easier. You just pull up on the tab and the bag is opened.

Making a Great Leather Bag Better

Get in and out is now a one handed operation. In addition, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the bag as the single magnet is lighter then the twin metal buckles. 

Along with an updated closure, the newest models feature a "quick grab" handle mounted along the top of the rear panel. This was something customers were asking for and we listened.

While not turning the bag into a full fledged briefcase, (it does not have the structure for that), it does make pulling the bag out of an overhead bin or out of the backseat of a car much easier. 

At MacCase, we work everyday to put the absolute best products into the world that we can, bringing a lifetime of design passion to the process.

James, the professional photographer who purchased the bag in the photo, realized this early on, when the bag was brand new. He told us when he sent us the photo that the bag was "worth every penny and then some". 

10 Year Old MacCase Premium Vintage Leather Messenger Bag


Everyone at MacCase is buzzing about the recent 10 year anniversary of our Premium Leather Collection. No MacCase model stands as a testament to the long term success of of this venture than our handmade leather shoulder bag.

Part of the original line launched over 10 years ago, our timeless business or personal use bag has recently had it's first update. (It took long enough huh?!) This post is going to cover the changes to this venerable stalwart of the MacCase leather line

History of the Leather Messenger Bag

This model was included in the original Premium Leather Collection launched 10 years ago because the nylon messenger bags that was part of the MacCase lineup were such a hit.

One of the ideas behind the leather line was to "knock ourselves off". Take the most successful bags, cases and sleeves we were making in nylon, copy them in the nicest leather we could find and see what happens. Well, the response was literally overwhelming and we've never looked back.

Our large leather bag is sort of the jack of all trades of our leather line. It can literally do it all. Want to use it as an overnight bag? It can do that. Want to take it to the gym? It can go there.

Want to bundle it with a matching MacBook Pro or iPad Pro Sleeve and make an incredible laptop bag out of it? It excels at that too. A friend of mine used to take his camping. Seriously. It's one versatile piece of design. Need a prop for a sci-fi cowboy movie, it's got that covered too. 

Updating the Vintage Messenger Bag

Customers would often ask for a handle so the bag would be easier to pull out of an overhead bin or out of the backseat of a cab. It's strange that this detail was left off initially. MacCase nylon messenger bags have always had this feature, yet it didn't migrate to the leather line.

This men's and women's leather bag uses a much more organic structure than a traditional briefcase. It's structured but soft sided at the same time. Putting the handle in the wrong place could have stretched and distorted the leather over time. The handle was added to a location that was both functional and didn't destroy the long term integrity of the bag.

The second niggling issue with the black and vintage Messenger Bag was the closure. The original design utilized a set of stainless steel finished, side squeeze buckles. They looked beautiful and added just the right amount of sparkle to the design.

While many of us are familiar with the excellent plastic side squeeze buckles found on sporty backpacks, when executed in metal, some of that smooth functionality was lost. So the buckles, while looking great, were cumbersome to use in certain situations.

These were recently replaced by a magnetic closure. The new magnetic closure is so easy and fun to use. It's silent and the bag can now be opened and closed with one hand from any angle. This improvement was a long time coming but definitely worth the wait.

Classic Leather Messenger Bag, Another Ten Years On

So many of the designs produced by the laptop case industry are designed to be trendy and have a planned obsolescence. The poor quality of so much of what is being produced guarantees that most of the cases will not last longer than the laptops and or tablets they are designed to carry. This is unfortunate. And this is certainly not the case at MacCase.

Having a design continue to sell well enough to keep it in constant production for 10 years running is an exceptional achievement. This speaks to two key aspects inherent in all MacCase products: Quality of design and quality of materials and manufacturing.

So many of the original Premium Leather Messenger Bags that were sold as part of the 2007 launch are still in the field.  We know this because we did an outreach and received photos from all over the world of customers and their leather shoulder bags with the dates they purchased.

With the new improved design comes a renewed commitment to produce the best products we can. It's great to be able to improve a product loved by so many. We hope to see all the pieces we are shipping now still in the field in 2027. Who knows, there may even be a few pieces from 2007 still kicking around in 2027!


FAQ - 

What is the best leather messenger bag?

The best leather messenger bag is the one that meets or exceeds your individual needs. Things to consider when shopping for one is overall size (sizes to vary), quality of the leather (quality varies greatly), quality of the hardware, functionality, overall appearance and overall value.

Which leather is best for bags?

The best leather to use for bags is sourced from the hides of cows. Full grain or top grain hides are the highest quality cow leather and are used on the best bags. This type of leather is extremely durable, has a pleasing aroma and offers an endless variety of colors and finishes.

Are Messenger Bags better than backpacks?

It depends on what you need to carry. If you have a set of items you carry each day and they fit in a backpack, then a pack would be the best choice. If what you are carrying varies in size and shape from day to day and you want or need that versatility, a messenger bag is best.

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In 1998 MacCase invented the Apple-specific case market. For over 20 years we have provided some of the world's most demanding customers with innovative laptop and tablet protection solutions. We offer 2 distinct lines of Apple-specifc and general use models, one in leather and one in nylon. Our Premium Leather Collection offers the pinnacle of Apple portable protection handcrafted from ethically sourced hides. Our Nylon line is a value leader with models starting around $40. If you're a reseller looking for an alternative to low quality Chinese made cases, bags, sleeves and backpacks, partner with a brand with a proven 20+ year record of success, MacCase.