The messenger bag project begun in February moved to the next stage this week, when Glaser Designs showed me their prototype (ignore the color - prototypes are made from scrap leather and this week's scrap happened to be purple). They asked me to bring the things I would normally carry in the bag so we could be certain there would be a place for each of them.
The principal purpose of this messenger will be to carry the contents of my jacket pockets when I am not wearing a jacket, but I asked for something large enough to hold an iPod and an iPad or Kindle at the same time. Designer Kari Glaser came through. My only change was to ask for a handle so I can carry the bag when I am wearing a jacket and do not want to use the shoulder strap. I was also careful to confirm that the production version would be in the requested brown leather.
One side of the bag has a quick entry side pocket for a wallet. Another zipper provides quick access through the top to a cell phone.
Still a third zipper opens the bag up on three sides as necessary to get to the other contents. There are actually two compartments inside, along with holders for smaller items that might otherwise take time to find.
The Glasers recommend that travellers carry two underpacked carry-ons rather than a single over-stuffed briefcase, and the messenger looks like it will complement a computer bag. I hope to test that theory next month.