I often get asked via email where one could get an affordable leather messenger that’s both stylish and flat. Yes. Flat. It seems men here don’t like being bulked up by bags that are too huge; especially near the ass. See ladies, you’re not alone when it comes looking too ‘big’. But I digress.
When I passed Coach Paragon recently I spotted this; the Coach New Op Art Leather Flat Crossbody Satchel, one of the key pieces from the Coach New Op Art Leather collection for men. Measuring 33 cm by 28 cm, this embossed cowhide leather messenger comes with all the usual bells and whistles (including interior pockets and adjustable shoulder strap). Most importantly, it only costs SGD675 which is already less than half of what the other brands will be charging for something similar.
If you require however something with more ‘character’, then check out the Coach New Op Art Leather Crossbody Satchel which retails for SGD899. I especially love the handle and the shoulder strap, both of which are adjustable and allow you to wear the satchel in many different ways.
But if you’re looking for a more formal work tote for your files and laptop, then check out the Coach New Op Art Leather Medium Business Tote that’s all grown-up and serious. Much bigger than the earlier pieces featured, it also costs slightly more. Still, for a tote this size it’s definitely worth the SGD1129 price tag.
And last but not least my personal favourite; the Coach New Op Art Leather Carryall which is even more gorgeous in real life (trust me, you’ve got to see it for yourself in person). The largest of the 4, it is large and roomy with a double flap opening on the top. Perfect for quick weekends away (for work or play), it is definitely big enough for 2 changes of clothes, toiletries and the like. I’m really tempted, especially since it costs only SGD1515; a bargain in my opinion.
Besides mens bags, the Coach New Op Art Leather collection also has card cases and billfolds from SGD199 and up, which are all currently available at Coach Paragon.