Sometimes pictures can do justice to a product. I find this is usually the case with leather. The look along with touch of real leather really adds a richer experience than can be conveyed through pictures.
And really, if you are reading this review it’s because you are interested in a real leather messenger bag. Fossil’s messenger bag here does not disappoint. The leather is soft and rich feeling. The stitching is well done and seems to be very strong for durability.
As far as design, it has the standard messenger bag features. For example, a top flap to cover or access the bag’s compartments. The flap closes with 2 push-button straps with decorative buckles.
There is a leather handle on the back for easy carrying or you can use the adjustable body-strap.
So what kind of organization does the Fossil Saffiano messenger bag have? Well it comes with 9 different sized and styled pockets. Inside there is 1 zip pocket and 4 slip pockets. The exterior has 3 slip pockets and 1 card slot.
You can see most of these in the picture above. I do wish that the exterior side pockets had a little more room to fit larger items, but I realize that’s a trade-off with having leather pockets versus a more flexible mesh. But they can fit the common items, like your phone, phone charger, small snack, pens, etc. You cannot see the largest exterior pocket, which is on the front under the top flap. This could fit a small tablet, your phone, and so forth.
The inside compartments can hold quite a bit. Now you won’t get a large laptop, but 13″ laptops will slide in nicely. In fact, you should have no problem fitting a 13″ laptop, tablet, notepads, and couple of books. Although I haven’t personally done so, one online customer says that he is able to put his 15″ Macbook Pro in the messenger bag, so it’s possible other 15″ laptops could fit, although it would no doubt be a tight squeeze since the interior is about 16″ wide.