Y-3 - £210

Designed by Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas, this black nylon bag can be converted into either a rucksack or an over-the-shoulder courier bag. For style and practicality, a must-have.

www.y-3.com; 0870 240 4204

Joseph Verity - £59.99

This khaki-canvas messenger bag with a chocolate-leather trim has an impressive 15-litre capacity - perfect if you like to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with you.

www.debenhams.com; 08445 616161

Freitag - £118

Popular among cyclists, Freitag's waterproof messenger bags are made out of leftover lorry tarpaulin. Available in four styles, these bags are the epitome of Swiss eco chic


Monsoon - £100

An aged-leather bag that is perfect for short trips or gym excursions. It has sturdy handles and an adjustable shoulder strap, along with a robust but chic stripy lining.

www.monsoon.co.uk; 020-3372 3000

Mulberry - £595

You can rely on Mulberry to create a bag with a touch of class, and this leather messenger is no exception. With a suede lining and two interior pockets, it comes in black or brown.

www.mulberry.com; 01761 234 230

Dunlop - £20

It may be made of PVC, but this is a great budget option, and, with its perforated design, is stylish with it. Perfect for a student with lots of stuff to carry around.

www.topman.com; 0844 984 0265

Prada - £840

With its its embroidered animal-print finish, Prada's leather tote is not for shrinking violets, and needs to be carried with attitude. But you can certainly fit a lot in it.

www.prada.com; 020-7235 0008

Gap - £75

First port of call for T-shirts, sweats, jeans and chinos, Gap also does a handsome line in bags for chaps, and this large soft-leather satchel is both sturdy and cool.

www.gap.com; 0800 427789

Ally Capellino - £149

Here's a stylish canvas bag, with leather straps to accommodate your umbrella or New Yorker, and inside, a compartment for papers or laptop. Available in brown and denim.

www.allycapellino.co.uk; 020-7613 3073

Zara - £79

Perfect for business trips and evenholidays, this leather gym bag is impressively roomy. The reasonable price probably reflects the quality of the leather used.

www.zara.com; 020-7851 4300