When it comes to messenger bags, how big do you want the bag itself to be? No, I don’t mean how long should the shoulder strap be, but the bag itself. I’ve owned a couple messenger bags in my day and I hate, absolutely hate when the bag slams against my body – it is just so uncomfortable and awkward.

I find the JADEtribe Nina Messenger Bag to be rather intriguing, but I am a bit on the fence due to the size of the bag (dimensions: 16″H x 18″L 18″ drop) . For me, I would prefer this bag as a shoulder bag instead of a messenger.


This eco-friendly, handmade woven canvas messenger bag has side tassels, brass rings at the snap-tab closure and brass hardware. Like all JADEtribe bags, this one is made of recycled materials. I like the dark red color of the bag and the rather minimalistic details. The tassels offer some flow and movement to the bag while the brass rings break up the dark hues of the material. But tell me, would you be more likely to carry this as a messenger or shoulder bag? Buy through Shopbop for $198.

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