These are the Cross-Body Messenger Bags I mentioned in the My Story: Handbags post (dis).
My favorite was hands down the “Jack Sack” (worn by the character Jack Bauer on the show 24), but unfortunately I seem to have lost it (probably somewhere in one of my suitcases). That’s why I picked up the Black Studded Cross-Body Messenger Bag from the local equivalent of the Dollar Store (no clue when), but unfortunately, it turned out to be a poor substitute. Prior to that, I’d purchased the Hongbong Marijuana Leaf Cross-Body Messenger Bag at a Novelty Store in Germany (around 2008), because it cracked me up!
Black Studded Cross-Body Messenger Bag (?)
Man, was this thing cheap! To be fair, it had no brand name on it and I did get it from the local equivalent of the Dollar Store lol
Initially, I was drawn to it because it of the tricolor hardware (silver, pewter, gold) which to me, seemed pretty unique! I also liked that the studs were flat as opposed to spiked. The strap was nice and wide (and had some more tri-color hardware all over it) and had a buckle closure. Best of all, this Black Studded Cross-Body Messenger Bag was huge! It had the ginormous middle compartment, with the usual zippered pocket inside the compartment and a zippered pocket on the back.
Here’s the thing though. The flap and entire inner lining were made out of nylon. Other than looking hideous and feeling cheap, it was so flimsy! As large as this thing was, it wouldn’t be able to hold much weight without ripping in half. The flap also had an adjustable velcro closure, which seemed a bit lazy honestly. Lastly, even though I hadn’t had it for that long, the metallic hardware has started to rust.
After this post, I’ll see if anybody from our household staff is interested in the Black Studded Cross-Body Messenger Bag, because it’s still intact but I definitely don’t wanna’ keep it.
Hongbong Black Marijuana Leaf Cross-Body Messenger Bag (2008)
I picked this thing up from a Novelty Store in Germany (because I thought it was funny), literally 11 years ago, but as you can see, it’s still in pretty decent condition!
Unfortunately, it garnered a lot of disdain from those around me. One of my cousins was all “I don’t like that” and pointed at the Marijuana Leaf. At first, it took a beat for it to register with me. She thought I smoked Marijuana and didn’t approve, but since I’ve never actually smoked the stuff, it just made the whole disdain for this thing seem even funnier to me! I wore this thing out and about, up until I had to move houses, stuffed it in a box and sorta’ forgot about it.
It wasn’t quite as small as the Kangol Black/White Canvas Cross-Body Bag (dis), but it wasn’t as large as the Black Studded Cross-Body Messenger Bag (shown above) or my currently missing Jack Sack. The straps were an average length and width and the flap had velcro closure. Even the layout of the Messenger Bag was pretty standard. It had a main zippered compartment, and x2 larger front pockets and x2 side pockets (on either side, obvi.) and finally a zippered compartment on the actual flap. The whole thing was pretty basic, but also optimal for stashing smaller items, I suppose.
I’m glad I’ve dug out the Hongbong Black Marijuana Leaf Cross-Body Messenger Bag and I foresee myself wearing it to the chalet or something (to shock my goody-goody cousins, whom if possible, are even more sheltered than I am). I’m definitely too old to be wearing this thing out and about, but it makes me laugh, so I think I’m going to be holding on to it.