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The Watertower Messenger Bag
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The Watertower Messenger Bag
The Watertower Messenger Bag
Product Details
Our go-to leather messenger bag returns. Why is it so cool? Compact, but plenty big enough for a tablet or e-reader, it closes with genius brass collar studs, making it possible to get in and out of your bag in seconds.  
  • Leather.
  • Collar stud closure.
  • Interior zip pocket, back slip pocket.
  • 19 6/8" shoulder strap.
  • 8 6/8"H x 8 1/2"W x 3 3/4"D.
  • Import.
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The Watertower Messenger Bag

The Watertower Messenger Bag is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessory with Flare I have received so many compliments since I started wearing my watertower messenger bag. The sleek design and the monogramming all came together. I was surprised to see that the leather was softer, but really think this adds to the bag. The straps do not cut into my shoulders (a huge win for me!) and I think it puts a nice, polished look to any outfit.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Messenger Bag Perfect size compared to other Messenger Bags that seem just to big for everyday use. Beautiful soft leather. Love,Love this color adds a pop of color to anything your wearing!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect crossover This is the perfect crossover bag! Great size....not too small, not too big. Beautiful really is a neutral color that goes well with black, brown, or any color shoes. Get it!
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good medium-sized bag, not the best quality I ordered this online without seeing it in the store first. It's a cute bag and great size for a crossbody. Worth it for the sale price that I purchased it for, but I wouldn't have paid full price for this. Getting in and out of the bags isn't quick if you're closing the brass studs every time. The leather isn't the quality that I'm used to with other bag brands of similar price points.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect size This bag is the perfect size I've been looking for with this vintage boyish appearance. It holds my long wallet, water bottle, keys, and several small items like hand cream, lipstick, mints, etc. , but still light weight. Perfect for weekend runabouts. The only down side is the leather quality. The leather looked dry and dull. Although it seemed much better after I applied some leather moisturizer.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great handbag I love this handbag. It has a classic yet modern look. It's the perfect size -- holds a lot but is not oversized and bulky or heavy. Very cool.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leather quality is questionable, but happy with bag overall This bag looks cool and is light on my shoulders. It doesn't have dividers or organizers on the inside except for a zippered pocket flat in the back that is a little hard to get into, but it isn't such a big bag that you'll lose things dumped inside. I can fit my Kindle Paperwhite and a water bottle easily inside (empty water bottle--the leather is unlined). The flap is held closed by studs and truly make it easy to open and close the bag. I've felt much better quality leather and think the price, even with the sale and the 30% off discount, was still a little out of my comfort zone. But I do enjoy it a lot so far and will make good use of it. As long as it doesn't fall apart in the next year, I'll be a happy camper.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smaller Than I Thought... But I should have read the dimensions and I didn't. That said it looks just like the picture and sits on the body great with an adjustable strap. I've gotten compliments on it as well. It is constructed of pliable leather with one zippered pocket. For the price, I am very happy. Matches my Madewell wallet too! I'm planning on taking this traveling this summer. It should be perfect.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Love the shape of this bag as well as the length and color. Matches all of my tan sandals/boots perfectly. The downside to this bag in the leather - it just doesn't look or feel like real leather. I'm hoping the bag breaks in nicely and ages a little bit and will look nicer.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks good, feels cheap I've been looking for a nice crossbody bag to carry with me most days, so I quickly snagged this bag when it went on sale. It's very pretty, but the quality is just not there. The bag is unlined, the leather is flimsy and rough on the inside, and it basically just feels like a few pieces of cheap leather sewn together instead of a quality, thoughtfully constructed bag. I didn't hesitate to return it in store. The search for a great crossbody bag continues.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the Color, Don't love the closure I bought the bag in Red/Coral (not sure the exact Madewell name for the color) It was BEAUITFUL! I was so excited I put my wallet and phone in the bag and out the door I went. As soon as I went to pull my phone out I realized the downfall of this beautiful purse...the closures! It is not convenient to take things in/out of this bag. Plus, the leather is really flimsy (not what I would expect from a bag of this price) so it makes it even harder to close the bag once items are inside. Sorry to say this bag fell short of my expectations, I was so hoping to love it.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as sturdy as I hoped I fell in love with this bag online thinking it would be good for everyday use, but when it arrived, it was just not as substantial as I expected. The leather felt thin and, even with nothing in it, the flap wanted to crease in a certain spot when I held the bag up by its straps. For the price, I would rather get a better made vintage designer bag that I know will have a long life. This one just doesn't seem like it'll hold up and look good for years, which is what I want from a leather bag.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fall Color The color is a bit different than that shown on the website -- the photo on the website is a brighter (spring) yellow, but the bag is a darker (autumn) yellow. While the size is perfect for what I need (a tourist day bag), the color isn't exactly what I was hoping for. I will be returning it, but only for that reason.
Date published: 2014-09-19
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