The Whipping Post Messenger Bag Review

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June 28, 2019

I’ve been using a basic incase messenger bag for the last couple years and figured it was time to upgrade. I was looking for something a little more stylish, with some extra room to fit my camera and accessories.

As it turns out, finding a simple messenger bag that meets those criteria was surprisingly hard. I was either discovering overly designed camera bags that would do everything I wanted or great looking bags that didn’t have enough room to hold a 15″ laptop.

Right when I was about to buy the Ona Union Street Bag, I discovered The Whipping Postand immediately changed my mind when I saw the mailman bag styled messenger on the site.

Here is a quick video on the vintage messenger back from the owner of Whipping Post.

Fast forward a couple of days, and I’m tearing open the package at home. Here is a more detailed look at the contents.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Upon opening the package, you’re presented with this cool card with a message from the founder and a little patch.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Unwrap the craft paper and you’re greeted with this beauty. Super clean front, made with 100% vegetable tanned leather, with a simple clasp to attach everything.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The back is just as clean, with a simple handle and a large pocket is taking up its entirety.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The construction is on point, and the leather quality is excellent. The stitching looks even throughout, and there doesn’t seem to be any points that look like they can’t take decent weight.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

I like the front clasp. It’s fast to open, which is great when you’re carrying a camera around.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The attention to detail shines through on these small bits. Perfect spacing considering everything is handmade.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The strap is a bit stiff at first, but it will break in over time. The embossed W + P is a nice touch.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Opening it up, you can see how much room is inside. A small pocket for a laptop in the back, as well as some open room in the front. I do wish there were dividers inside, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The laptop pocket is utilizing a much softer leather to avoid any scratches.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

A 15″ laptop fits with a generous amount of room to spare. I want to say a 17″ could fit, but it would be really snug.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Quality hardware is being used throughout.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

There is a little pocket on the front that could hold a small notebook.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

The whole thing is very photogenic.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Here is the handle on the back.

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Here is what I would need to carry on a daily basis (maybe not the umbrella).

The Whipping Post Messenger Bag

Overall I’m very impressed with the vintage mailbag design and overall quality, and can’t wait to see what it looks like when the leather gets a patina over the next few years.

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