You know how the postman in old movies always has a well-worn, great-looking leather mail bag? Well, it's not just fiction. From 1868 until the '70s, the USPS carried oil-tanned mailbags, which have been faithfully reproduced in J. Crew's "Original" Leather Postal Messenger ($800). This gorgeous bag is hand-oiled, stained, and burnished, sewn by artisans on century-old machines from hand-picked leather. Just like the old USPS bags, it's made to last for years, and is large enough to hold a smallish laptop, a book or two, and yes, even the mail.
We checked out one of these bags in person over the weekend and came away pretty damn impressed. The North Face Base Camp Messenger Bag ($70-$90) comes in two sizes, with the large version being big enough to hold everything you could possibly need to bring with you on your daily outings. Both are made from a super durable synthetic material, come in four colors, and have tons of compartments and pockets.