Best Stylish Custom Shoulder Bags

by Albert Varkki updated 01-05-2023

best custom shoulder bags

If you want a shoulder bag, but want it more unique, then a custom bag is ideal.

The bags we've chosen can be personalized with your initials, a message, or even an image.

Browse our top picks below:

Best Custom Shoulder Bags

Here are our top picks for custom shoulder bags by type and style:

Best Custom Leather Messenger Bag

exquisite leather messenger bag

Winner: Exquisite Slim Leather Laptop Briefcase

If you're looking for a professional bag that's lower profile, then the slim Exquisite briefcase is ideal. It can be personalized with your initials or a message, and is available in a choice of colors (we love the red one). It's made from full grain leather, which is of the highest quality, and ensures it will age gracefully with leather patina.


  • Full grain leather
  • Slim profile
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • 14 inch laptop compartment
  • Mobile and tablet slip pockets
  • Large internal zipped pocket
  • Three pen slots
  • Fits A4 size paper
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in black, brown, red, or tan

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Best Custom Tote Bag

elegance leather laptop tote bag brown

Winner: Elegance Tote Bag

If you prefer a tote style bag, then the Elegance is perfect for you. It has a central zipped main compartment, as well as a dedicated laptop compartment. It's made from full grain leather, which looks and feels very high quality, and will last for many years. It can be customized with the color and an engraving or monogram.


  • Full grain leather
  • Compartment for up to 14 inch laptop.
  • Spacious zipped main compartment
  • Internal pockets for essentials like your phone.
  • Reliable YKK zippers.
  • Durable cotton lining.
  • Available in brown, black, red, and tan.
  • Can be personalized.

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Best Custom Laptop Bag

city leather laptop bag with shoulder strap

Winner: CITY Leather Laptop Bag

If you want a custom shoulder bag to carry a laptop, then the CITY is a traditional bag that will work for you. It's made from high quality full grain leather, which looks and feels premium, and the detachable and adjustable shoulder strap is very comfortable and useful.


  • Full grain leather
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Fits up to a 15.6 inch laptop (also a 17 inch version here)
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Dedicated laptop compartment
  • Additional zipper pockets

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Best Custom Duffle Shoulder Bag

leather weekender bag

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag

If you prefer a duffle style shoulder bag, then this Weekender is perfect. It's made from full grain leather, which will age with leather patina, and includes a detachable shoulder strap. It has a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as a large main compartment for all your essentials.


  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Internal zipped pocket for travel essentials like your passport.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Perfect overnight bag.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Small Personalized Crossbody Purse

isabella brown leather shoulder bag

Winner: Isabella Shoulder Bag

If you want a small shoulder purse, then the Isabella is your best choice. It's made from high quality full grain leather that looks and feels really high quality. The shoulder strap is comfortable, and looks really professional. Ideal as a personal item when traveling on a plane.


  • Full grain leather
  • Magnetic snap closure.
  • Two large internal pockets.
  • Internal zipped pocket.
  • Perfect for travel.
  • Detachable and adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.

Click here to check the price

Best Custom Garment Bag

grand leather garment bag

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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How to Choose a Shoulder Bag

There is never a bad time to invest in a bag. Shoulder bags are particularly popular with the public as they don’t require you to use your hands and you can simply pull them onto one shoulder.

There are many options available when it comes to size, style and shape.

Let’s take a look at what you should consider when you’re buying a shoulder bag right now.


Before you go ahead and purchase a shoulder bag, think about how much you will be carrying around with you. If you’re only carrying small essentials like gum, lipstick and a cardholder with you, a pochette could be suitable.

However, you may need to purchase a bigger bag if you want to carry items like tablets around.


We also recommend that you think about what you’ll be wearing with your handbag.

If you’re buying a bag during the winter and you are wearing garments like puffer coats or large sweatshirts, look for a bag that has a bigger drop or a longer length between the top of the handle and the zipper.


How To Care For Your Bag

It’s always important to take care of your bag, whether you have opted for something expensive or more budget-friendly. By taking proper care of your bag, you can prolong its life and delay repairing or replacing it.

Avoid leaving anything such as crumbs or pens in your bag. When you have finished using your bag for the day, it’s a good idea to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. Some people place goods like lipstick in small plastic bags to protect the lining of their handbags.

You can also stuff purses with tissue paper when you’re not using them to help them retain their shape. If a luxury handbag undergoes a great deal of wear and tear, you can consider having it restored rather than replaced.


What Are Shoulder Bags?

Shoulder bags are handbags or purses which have at least one strap attached to them. The strap is long enough to fit over your shoulder. You can normally expect the straps to be securely reinforced.

The strap can be looped over your shoulder to ensure your shoulder can sustain the bag and the users can carry them without the use of hands.

What makes shoulder bags different to other types of bags are the straps. Straps can be long, short, thin or wide. The purpose of the strap is to ensure hands-free transport of the shoulder bag is possible.

Although straps can be added to other types of bags, these bags tend to be designed to be carried by hand via the use of the inner elbow or on your wrist, for example.


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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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