The Don Messenger

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$ 649.00


The Don Messenger Bag is styled after the World War 2 Swedish Saddle Bags.  The Don is built from beautiful, thick, 9 ounce Dublin Leather from Horween - the thickest leather they carry.  Dublin leather is known for its classic pull up affect, which helps to give the bag old world character right out of the box.  

Instead of two thin straps to secure the bag, we use a single collar fastener which provides quick access to the contents of the bag, while still keeping it secure when closed.  The inner compartment consists of two thick straps for securing valuables (think IPad Mini or comparable), which is consistent with the original Swedish Military Saddlebags.  The open compartment allows for carrying the days necessities, but still maintain a slim profile.

The Don comes with an adjustable strap made from the same Dublin leather and can be adjusted from the outside with the two side straps.  The design, material, and style of the Don result in a simplicity, sophistication and functionality difficult to find in other messenger bags. 

Dimensions: 16" by 10.5" by 4"

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The Don Messenger

Built in San Diego

Know Thy Goods

Beautiful, full grain, nine ounce, vegetable tanned leather from Horween (Dublin).

Solid brass hardware throughout (antique finish)

Heavy Duty, American made YKK zippers

No lining, but underside of leather has been finished to a beautiful smooth finish.

Sewn with durable 138 Bonded Nylon (Beige Color)

Color: Derby Brown

Dimensions: 16" by 10.5" by 4"

Made for Life Guarantee

Don Watson

The Don Messenger is the first and only Leather Built Product to be named after the founder's grandfather, Don Watson.  My grandfather has had a tremendous impact on my life, thinking, and attitudes.  He was involved in my life from my youth, writing me letters before I could read on my own, sending birthday and Christmas gifts, and being a spiritual mentor as I grew into manhood.  My grandfather tends to see life and moral values in black and white, which has helped ground my own thinking and approach to living.  

Outside of being a moral mentor, my grandfather taught me the value of working with my hands.  This is a man who built the home he raised his family in with his own hands.  After a lengthy career in insurance, he "retired" by flipping homes in the Twin Falls, Idaho area for many years, and allowed me to help on some of the projects.  He has made a piece of furniture for every married grandchild (36 to be exact).  I proudly display my piece, a small writing desk, in my home.

The Don Messenger Bag is a worthy bag for a man that has taught me much about the joys of life.

Inside Coronado Leather

Established in 1981 by Carol and Danny Laulom, Coronado Leather began with just two skilled sewers, a cutter and a handful of leather bags.  Carol and Danny began expanding the business in the mid 1980's.  Their sensitivity to market demand and attention to high craftsmanship lead to a tradition of excellence and commitment to quality that has crossed two generations.  Today, Coronado Leather has become a leader and innovator in premium-made leather gear. As evidenced in their products, Coronado has a strong passion for leather and the old art of real craftsmanship. Each product is built to be better and stronger than most of what is available today. Part of Coronado's core competency is the belief that true value in any product lies in design, materials and craftsmanship rather than price, and that is where they out pace their competitors.

Coronado's passion for leather, design and attention to detail is the driving force behind what they do today. Their styles and designs are classic, functional and straight-forward. They do not over-embellish products with hardware to hide stitching, they keep the focus on using the best leathers, the best designs and the best craftsmanship.  This ensures timeless designs that customers will be proud to own.

More than thirty-years after its founding, Coronado is still located in San Diego, California. In 2011, Coronado opened its new San Diego factory and leather-shop where many of its products are made. Their USA made products really are the best-of-the-best. With both modern and vintage leather machinery and a lot of hand-crafting, they continue to build some of the finest leather products found anywhere in the world. The Coronado Leather brand name remains synonymous with quality, style and innovation, with a broad line of highest-quality, handcrafted leather goods.

- Adapted from Coronado Leather's website


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