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Leather Messenger Bag

Basader, $430

One of the first things you learn when you start looking for high-quality, minimally designed items is that, counterintuitively, simplicity will cost you—the tacky embellishments you’re trying to avoid, it turns out, are often there to mask subpar materials. This handmade messenger bag, from a small, formerly Brooklyn-based company called Basader (they recently relocated to New Hampshire), is stunningly beautiful and made of soft but durable 7oz leather that will only look better with age. The price tag may seem steep, but all things considered, they could probably charge twice as much.
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