Meet The Wayfarer Leather Messenger Bag – The Intrepid Bag Co | Leather Bags and Accessories
  • Meet The Wayfarer Leather Messenger Bag
  • Stephen Dick
Meet The Wayfarer Leather Messenger Bag


The Wayfarer Leather Messenger Bag is our most spacious and versatile messenger bag yet. Hundreds of hours, and many many prototypes have gone into it's design. Let's take a closer look and check out a few of the really cool features you may not have noticed about the Wayfarer Messenger bag:

How is it designed?

Dieter Rams principles of design state that good design is innovative, honest, long lasting, and thorough down to the last detail. At the same time, good design is elegantly minimal. We have followed these principles when designing the Wayfarer. Every inch has been carefully considered, every angle has been measured, and every piece has a purpose. We were aiming for something Indiana Jones would take into a board meeting. I think we nailed it.

The Design: The Wayfarer is designed to have an adventurous look while still staying sophisticated. It is a bit wider at the top, and skinnier at the bottom to help emphasize that manly super-v look. The shoulder straps are attached at an angle by rivets to two wings on the side of the bag. This lets the bag hug you as you wear it, instead of bouncing around painfully on your back or side. The angle also allows it to be worn across your back messenger style or across your shoulders traditional style, depending on your preference. The main bucket opening is angled slightly down so that you can easily reach your hand inside without having to fight with the bag to get inside.

The Dimensions: The actual dimensions of the bag are 16" long x 12" long x 4.5" deep. It weighs in at 4 and a half pounds empty, just solid enough so you know it is there for you without giving anybody a back ache.

What does it carry?

The Wayfarer has just the right amount of pockets to keep everything neat and tidy, while still leaving an enormous open bucket for everything else. You can fit a surprising amount of stuff in the Wayfarer, and it will accommodate even oddly shaped items (camera and lens, spare clothes, gym shoes, priceless artifacts, etc...) with ease.

On the outside: Two large pockets on the front expand out to fit an iPad Mini, and a laptop charger. Two covered side pockets work perfect as a quick place to stash your phone and a few pens for quick access. There is also a newspaper pocket on the back for maps, magazines, and any other hassle free quick access items you want.

  1. Umbrella
  2. Thermos
  3. 15" Macbook Pro & Charging Cord
  4. iPhone & Stylus
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Intrepid Slim Wallet
  7. Moleskine Notebook & 2 Maps
  8. Sketching Pencils
  9. Hard drive
  10. Intrepid Tech Roll
  11. iPad Mini
  12. Book
  13. Comb
  14. Pocket Knife
  15. DSLR
  16. Charging Cords and Brick, Earphones
  17. Battery Back-Up Charger
  18. Keys
  19. Rock Climbing Shoes & Carabiner
  20. Change of Clothes
On the inside: One padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15" laptop. There is also a leather iPad sleeve to keep it safe-n-sound and snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug. The aforementioned enormous main bucket will fit a ton of items without breaking a sweat (just check out our bagsplosion shot above if you want proof). Also, we have included our signature hidden passport pocket inside the laptop sleeve, because every good bag should have a hidden pocket!

Outside Mounting Points: Still need more room for additional stuff? We've included two mounting points on the bottom so you can lash on anything you can think of with a couple straps (coming soon...). We've thought of everything!

What is it made of?

We spared no expense in sourcing amazing quality materials for all our products from responsible providers. Even the best designed bags are only as good as the quality of the materials and workmanship that goes into them. We built the Wayfarer to be both durable and stylish and to last for many many years to come. Whether you are exploring ancient ruins, or sitting in a board room meeting, the Wayfarer Messenger will fit right in and draw envious glances galore.

The Leather: We use our own USA sourced coffee full grain saddle leather for Wayfarer construction. It's the same leather used in making saddles, boots, and bull whips. This leather is incredibly high quality, thick, and durable, while still having a refined stylish look about it. We developed this leather to tell your story. The leather will age with you and develop its own patina over time of scratches and marks that fade and become a part of your own Wayfarer's personality. What will your Wayfarer say about you?

The Lining: We've lined the bag with our own trademark charcoal herringbone fabric. This fabric is a durable cotton material that can take a beating and still look really good. While other bag makers neglect to line their bags for a variety of reasons, we feel it gives the bag a nice finished look and a quiet air of rugged sophistication.

The Stitching: The bag is held together with a super strong marine-grade UV resistant nylon stitching. This stitching won't break down over time when exposed to sunlight like most other threads. This stuff is so strong it is, in fact, the same stitching used in parachute construction!

The Hardware: We used solid forged steel hardware that will never ever break. Ever. It has a silver finish which, we feel, gives the bag a classy look. Under the front buckles are two forged steel tuck clasps so you can quickly open the bag with the push of a button and close the bag with a slip and a click. On the back of the Wayfarer we have attached the lay-flat handle with two hand-pounded copper rivets. The copper rivets are amazing because they are not only incredibly strong, they too will age over time and develop their own unique patina.

Well that's all for now folks! Thanks and we hope you've enjoyed getting a closer look at the Intrepid Bag Co. Wayfarer Messenger bag!

  • Stephen Dick

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