Solo Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag

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A traditional carry satchel with old-fashioned looks. Read more to see why this bag makes the competition look cheap. More information
  • 10-year-warranty 10 Year
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One of Jack Stillman's original designs, the Solo is everything you'd expect and old fashioned satchel to be.

The hand-made nature of the Solo is evident the moment you touch it. The waxed canvas is a premium 16oz, and makes lesser canvas bags look cheap. 

Notable design advantages of the Solo are its pinch flap design that seals the interior off to the environment while granting instant access to your gear. 

At just 34cm wide at the base, the Solo Messenger Bag is a perfect size for men and women who want to carry their daily essentials. It’s the perfect size for motorcycles riders, commuters or day travellers who want to carry a few essentials and a small bottle of water. 

Looking on the back is another reason Jack Stillman bags set themselves apart from the fakes. Each bag is fitted with an enhanced cotton webbing and D-ring system on the back for a multitude of mounting options. This makes the Solo easier to attach to a motorcycle, bicycle, vehicle or wheelchair as a saddle bag and also more compatible with our T-Brace stabiliser. 


Jack Stillman specialises in making our range of authentic, heritage luggage, bags and accessories. Our processes and the raw materials we use are unmatched, ensuring anything we offer can be covered by our 10 Year Warranty. All of our gear is made in-house by our own full-time team of specialists. We only use:

  • 100% cotton that has a coating of natural wax to protect it from rainfall and moisture. No plastics here. 
  • Real brass that is 100% recyclable and will never loose its market value.
  • Our leather is naturally cured Vegetable Tanned Leather that is hand coloured, burnished and edged. 
  • Quality YKK zips that are considered the best in the world. 

All of these materials create a product that you can be sure will stand the test of time and look better with use than it does brand new. 

  • Australian Designed
  • 16oz Beeswaxed Cotton Canvas
  • 100% Vegetable Tanned Leather - Hand-Stained and Burnished
  • Woven-In Tough YKK Zipper
  • Weather Resistant Fold-Over Flap Design
  • Solid Brass Hardware
  • 34cm L x 26cm H x 8cm W (The top opening of the bag is 38cm L).
  • Tully Shoulder Strap Included (126 cm x 3.8 cm x 2 mm)
  • 0.70kg
  • Double Front Utility Pockets (14cm x 14cm)
  • Reinforced Rear Mounting Loops and real brass D-rings (saddle bag)
  • Ryan Shoulder Pad Included
  • Internal Organisation Pockets
  • Cotton, burnt orange internal liner
This product is made from waxed cotton canvas. It’s heavy duty canvas but still needs to you treat it like cotton - not kevlar. To clean, brush off heavy dirt and then wash with warm water. Use mild detergent for a more thorough clean. RE-WAX with Jack Stillman’s Fabric Wax to maintain water-resistance and abrasion resistance.
Please refer to our shipping policy in the footer menu for more information. If this item is a PRE-ORDER please take note of the expected shipping date explained on this page. We use Australia Post for delivery and will send you a shipping confirmation and tracking number via email when your order is shipped. Please check your junk mail if you don't find it.
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Steve D.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Solo Messenger Bag

Once again,I'm loving the quality of construction and materials used. The SMB can be hung off one shoulder, cross bodied, or if you lengthen the stap (easy) can be carried not unlike a knapsack. So versatile, can take all your daily stuff and more, or be used for that quick stop grocery getter. Looking forward to years of use.


Jack Stillman

Thank you Steve! I like the abbreviation to SMB- I'll be using this now haha! ;)

United States United States

Almost Great

It is with a heavy heart that I give this 3 stars. The build quality and materials are top quality and I have no doubt this bag will stand the test of time. In quality and workmanship this is 5 stars. I gave 3 stars however because it's not quite as functional as I would have liked. I've used this bag for about 5 months. Within those months this bag was in and out of multiple times a day, as I kept my journal, notebook, sunglasses, etc in it. It was also by my side during a 2 week cross country move. For me it was meant to carry everything I might want to put in my pockets and also hold some books/notebooks. Now that I am settled and am using this bag more so on occasion (like going antiquing or to a local market/event) I'm still finding it could use some tweaks in order to be much more functional as an alternative to stuffed pockets, while still maintaining it's functionality as a place to put treasures one might find when out exploring the world. Some minor changes to the pocket layout at the front and interior, and in particular the strength of the front pocket button closures would make a big difference in use, at least for the way I'm using it. I'd say if you're torn between this bag and the larger one, get the bigger one. I may end up getting it myself one day.


Jack Stillman

Hi Adam, I think it's great that, despite the bag not being quite perfect for your particular requirements, you still recognise and acknowledge the quality and longevity of it. Best of luck and thanks for the thorough review.

Sandy M.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Jack Stillman

Very good, great product fantastic on the bike. Do yourself a favor.


Jack Stillman

Thank you Sandy !

Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Functional and attractive

This bags goes with all my outfits and is the perfect size for daily use. I especially love the outside zipper I use for my phone and wallet that sits on the inside keeping it safe.


Jack Stillman

Thank you Connor!

Australia Australia
I recommend this product

The best camera bag I've owned!

I have been searching for the perfect light, compact, hard-wearing, heavy-duty, good looking, quality-made CAMERA messenger bag for, I dunno, 20 years? Then I saw the Solo Messenger in the Fremantle store and I knew it was it. It really is. Not only does it look amazing and legit, it is so well made and feels like it will outlive me. I got a quality padded camera insert online, which fitted perfectly, and easily houses my Fujifilm X-T4 with lens attached plus two other lenses and accessories. Check out the photos. It's a full bag but doesn't feel in any way precarious or over full. I wasn't sure about the open top (no zip) but with the buckle straps on the front it feels safe and secure whenever I am walking with the camera packed away. I added an optional Jack Stillman strap to the top (looks the same as the bag) to easily pick up the bag without having to use the shoulder strap. Seriously, I am in love with this bag hah. For a mirrorless setup like a Fuji or Nikon Z or whatever, it is perfect.

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Jack Stillman

Thank you for the fantastic words Tevilspek! Glad to hear it suits your needs :)