unisex messenger – baby bag that men (and women!) will carry

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messenger flap baby bag

Katie from Seattle asked me to create a unisex incognito diaper bag: one that both she and her husband could carry,  that would be machine-washable, super durable, and be used long after their newborn, Sebastien, is out of diapers.  

Must have features included:

  • long adjustable cross body strap,
  • flap closure with a secure magnetic or manual snap,
  • foam-padded bottom in case they carried a laptop

 I came up with 3 sketches and a stack of swatches in blues and greens to choose from.

sketch of messenger bag for custom baby bag client by Crystalyn Kae




Inside are 8 pockets:

  • 2 bottle/sippy cup pockets
  • 2 diaper pockets (large enough to fit eight newborn or 4 toddler diapers)
  • 2 sets of zipper pouches & 2 slip pockets: so Brian & Katie each have a home for their cell phones and keys




Across the outside back, there is a long narrow pocket – to fit the changing pad. And of course my signature ultrasuede-lined adjustable strap that can be worn short or long across the body.

messenger back pocket


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Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Seattle, WA. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »

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