Saddleback Briefcase Thin
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

If Hemingway were in the market for a messenger bag, he'd invest in this hauler. Thick slabs of rich-scented boot leather are carefully cut, shaped, and stitched together for a construction free of flimsy parts. At more than four pounds, it's weighty but built to last: Each bag comes with a 100-year warranty. [starts at $410; saddlebackleather.com]