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h2>Canvas and leather crossbody messenger bag for women and men, ideal for office, college or everyday

  • Sustainably handcrafted from cotton and buffalo leather
  • Exterior: 2 compartments under the flap, 1 pocket on the back
  • Interior: 1 large zippered compartment for valuables
  • Package includes: 1 bag and 1 dust bag



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Messenger Bag »Felix«


h2>Canvas and leather crossbody messenger bag for women and men, ideal for office, college or everyday

  • Sustainably handcrafted from cotton and buffalo leather
  • Exterior: 2 compartments under the flap, 1 pocket on the back
  • Interior: 1 large zippered compartment for valuables
  • Package includes: 1 bag and 1 dust bag

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10 L

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Mens canvas messenger bag and satchel bag in college design, Umbra-Brown


  • Exterior material: Cotton (canvas) and buffalo leather (vegetable tanned)
  • Interior material: Cotton with leather trims
  • Metal parts: Brass

About the product

Our Canvas Messenger Bag »Felix« is a modern interpretation of the classic Satchel Bag that has been used in a similar form by British college students in Oxford and Cambridge for many decades. Inspired by this tradition, we have developed a bag that is both sturdy and lightweight. Thanks to its outstanding everyday practicality, it becomes an indispensable companion for work, study, school, or travel.

The bag can be traditionally worn across your shoulder to evenly distribute the weight and enhance comfort. It impresses not only with its practical design but also with its high-quality craftsmanship. All wear points are trimmed with leather, ensuring not only an attractive appearance but also added durability.

Whether it's your daily commute to work, a walk to the university, or an adventurous journey - our Canvas Messenger Bag »Felix« stands faithfully by your side and provides ample space for your essential belongings. For instance, it accommodates items such as a DIN A4 folder or a 15" laptop without any issues. Let yourself be inspired by its timeless elegance and practical functionality.

Our story

We are Daniel and Christoph and live our dream. We founded DRAKENSBERG because we want to inspire people to recognize the true value of travel and to strive for it.

To understand the path as the true goal and to grow on it. A good journey means learning. About life and about yourself. We know that a good journey can change a whole life. Our travel bags are silent reminders of the travel spirit of the 19th and 20th century, when traveling was still an adventure and travelers were adventurers.


Maybe you have already noticed, our bags are different. Each product is an elaborately manufactured unique piece with its own little story. The bags are almost completely handmade. We only use high quality leather and natural materials. Paying attention to sustainability and environment.

Leather is a natural material and can have small irregularities. Each leather product is also patinated by hand. This elaborate process makes our products trademarked. No bag can be exactly same as another. Thus, small colour deviations are unfortunately unavoidable and are not a sign of poor quality, but uniqueness.

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FAQs: Frequently asked questions about our Messenger Bag »Felix«

<h3><b>Is the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun, rigid or rather soft?</b></h3> <p>Our canvas messenger bag falls under the category of soft luggage and is partly made of soft umbra-braun cotton canvas. Therefore, its shape changes somewhat depending on how full it is. The advantage is that the vintage men's shoulder bag can be more easily stowed away when not needed. We deliberately avoid plastic coating in our handbags, which would be required for a rigid form.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>Is the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun, waterproof or water-resistant?</b></h3> <p>The men's shoulder bag made of canvas and leather is designed based on the classic courier and postal messenger bags of the 19th century. To be as authentic as possible, we exclusively use materials like those used 100 years ago and avoid plastics and chemicals as much as possible. Unfortunately, our canvas bag is neither waterproof nor water-resistant in its standard version. However, our bags can withstand a brief rain shower. Alternatively, the shoulder bag can be treated to be water-resistant.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>Can the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun, be made waterproof later?</b></h3> <p>The canvas shoulder bag can be easily treated with a standard, colorless waterproofing spray (e.g., Impru00e4gnol). Alternatively, waterproofing wax can be used (e.g., Dr. Gee's Waterproofing Wax). Just be cautious that the color and texture of the bag may change as a result. It's best to test the waterproofing on the underside.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>What material is the canvas used for Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun?</b></h3> <p>Real canvas is a tightly woven cotton fabric with a weight of around 8oz or 225/m2. This fabric was formerly used mainly in the maritime industry for sails and in the industrial sector for workwear and leather goods. It's also popular in painting; almost all famous paintings in the world are painted on canvas. Hence, "canvas" is another term for a canvas. Unfortunately, real canvas has been largely replaced by synthetic materials in many applications. For our DRAKENSBERG bags, we exclusively use real cotton canvas. We do this for traditional reasons, for sustainability, and for formal aesthetics. Our cotton fabrics weigh 16oz or approximately 450g/m2. Additionally, our canvas is hand-dyed and washed until it achieves the authentic DRAKENSBERG vintage look.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>How can I clean and care for my Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun?</b></h3> <p>We believe that a vintage-designed handbag should show how intensely it has been used. That's the way it should be. However, if you feel the need to clean your bag, we recommend three steps:</p> <ul> <li>Clean the handbag of dust and dirt particles, e.g., with a brush or handheld vacuum cleaner</li> <li>Gently dab and rub stains with a clean, wet cloth. You may try a mild soap solution for stubborn stains.</li> <li>Occasionally lightly grease the leather (e.g., leather care with beeswax or carnauba wax). Be careful not to stain the canvas.</li></ul> <p> </p> <h3><b>What leather is used for the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun?</b></h3> <p>We exclusively use vegetable-tanned and full-grain buffalo leather for the men's handbag. This particularly robust leather comes from India. During production, our leather is additionally hand-treated with colored wax based on carnauba, giving it its special vintage patina. A perfect interplay with our cotton canvas.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>How should men best carry the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun?</b></h3> <p>A shoulder bag can simply be worn over the shoulder or crossbody. We recommend wearing our men's canvas and leather shoulder bags crossbody as it distributes the weight of the bag more evenly. It's less strenuous when covering longer distances with the bag over the shoulder. In general, you should switch the sides on which you carry the bag on longer routes to evenly stress and relieve your back and spine.</p> <p>In general, you should not overfill briefcases and shoulder bags. Before starting a journey or going to work, check which items are really needed that day. This will spare your back and the material.</p> <p> </p> <h3><b>Where and how is the Messenger Bag "Felix," umbra-braun made?</b></h3> <p>Our goods are made in India. Our factory is a small family business whose long-time employees produce our bags with a lot of heart and passion. Over time, our long collaboration has turned into a genuine friendship. The production conditions are socially acceptable and meet BSCI standards. We regularly assure ourselves of this personally. Our leather and cotton fabrics come directly locally from India. In the dyeing of our cotton fabrics, we exclusively use dyes that are free from AZO dyes. Our leathers are generally vegetable-tanned, which means they are plant-based and do not involve the use of aggressive tanning agents. Our standards are socially and ecologically justifiable and above average. However, it is our aspiration to continue to work on ourselves and further improve our ecological and social "footprint."</p>

Our leather production is LWG certified

Our leather tannery is certified to the LWG standard and we use only vegetable tanning agents for tanning. The Leather Working Group (LWG) is an initiative to make conditions in tanneries and intermediaries more transparent and to bring about sustainable change. To implement its goals, the Leather Working Group has developed an audit protocol for sustainable and responsible leather production.

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