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Review: Folk Buffalo Leather Messenger Bag

The good people at Folk Leather were kind enough to send one of their leather bags that they've launched. I've been using the bag for the better part of 3 months, and I have to say, it's a solid bag.

The best part about the bag is the price: it's only $148. If you compare that to other leather bags, that is a huge price cut. Leather bags are often 2 to 3 times more expensive, so you're getting a lot of bag for little money.

The bag is made with full-grain buffalo leather, uses brass hardware and polyester stitching. What's even more bold is the 100 year warranty that they give with each bag.

I love the minimalist look of the bag, which lets the leather do the talking.

I have been pleasantly surprised with the bag, but I will give a disclaimer: it's a barebones bag. There is no padding, no extra bells and whistles. If you're wanting to tote around something expensive like a laptop, you might want to invest in laptop sleeve, which will set you back an extra $10. There is only a thin piece of leather separating the laptop from the ground if the bag accidentally drops.

The shoulder harness for the bag is sturdy, made with a thicker piece of leather.

If there is any point on the bag that won't last 100 years, it's the straps. The straps are fairly thin, and I can imagine with more daily use they'll wear a bit.

The bag is currently in the middle of an IndieGoGo campaign to launch, so an initial investment of $148 will snag you a bag.

Final thoughts

If you're in the market for a minimalist leather messenger bag, than this bag is great. It's handsome and understated, and gets the job done at a very affordable price. If you're going to put a laptop in it, buy a cheap laptop sleeve.