I’ve made improvements to the Art Bag – Sidgl’s flagship messenger bag.

Originally designed to carry a plein aire easel and the assorted things needed to paint outside, the Art Bag has become a great general messenger bag.

It’s big – 14″x19″x7″ – but comfortable.

Aside from the big main compartment, it has a zippered pocket on the front flap, as well as a zippered pocket on the front panel – both pockets make for easy access and sorting of personal items.

  • Zippers are now lined with leather – adding structure and durability..
  • The shoulder strap is now all leather – with Wool Felt backing. The leather breaks in and become super supple – conforming well to the wearer’s body!
  • The floating liner is now a lighter weight material – still durable and water-resistant – but it reduces the overall weight of the bag.
  • The exterior is 16-18 oz axed canvas from Fairfield Textiles in New Jersey.
  • The leather is from Horween/Tannery Row in Chicago.
  • All metal hardware including vintage airplane buckles.
  • double-stitched seams.
  • I will repair or replace any bag as long as you own the bag free of charge.
  • Hand-crafted in Oak Park Illinois.

A product is only as good as its promises.

We promise a lot, but I think we deliver on every one of those promises. We believe in making the very best product we can in the most sustainable way we can in a way that supports our community. If you believe in changing American manufacturing for the better, we would love to hear from you!.

Please call me or chat.

I’ll respond as soon as I can.

I’d love to talk with you about making your perfect bag!

–Ben Trissel

P.S. Order your art bag here.

About Ben Trissel

Ben is the Founder of Sidgl, 4th generation craftsman and designer that believes in thoughtful design, sustainable manufacturing and functional beauty. Sidgl makes handcrafted bags that are designed to look good, feel good and above all function well.

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Our Designs combine function and durability into a timeless style. Sidgl uses old world craftsmanship as a model for sustainable manufacturing. –Ben Trissel

What people are saying about Sidgl ...

That's a beautiful bag. Badass bag. My bag. My new companion. A badass beautiful new pal who is going to travel this planet with me and the pups. Thank you. Thank you for introducing us. First stop Boston next week, new York after that, then Mexico city!!

Nell Gould

In 20 years of road travel I've gone through nine carry-on bags, I can't afford to waste money on any equipment that won't survive 200 days a year of airports, trains, Ubers and sprints down a jetway. Not only has my Sidgl bag handled everything I've thrown at it, it looks good while doing it. Would I buy another one? In a heartbeat, but I doubt I'll ever wear this one out.

Tim Vandergrift

I am a Seattle based filmmaker. I use my Sidgl bag in many "modes". Mostly, meetings or coffee shops. It carries my laptop in cozy style along with sketchbooks, pens, personal items and accessories. A second mode is as a gym bag. Finally, I use it as a camera bag for my DSLR. The soft cloth that cushioned my laptop, now protects my camera and extra lens. I love how strong the straps are and how easy the fasteners (buckles, zippers ) work. The materials are so durable and I love the care that went into making it.


I love my custom made Art Bag by SIDGL. It's chic and sturdy -- you can throw it around and abuse it and overload it and it remains beautiful, and more so with wear. My son, a rugged, bicyclist and runner visited me in NY and admired it so much that he had to have an Art Bag and now he is never without it.

Robin Coryell

Beautiful Design. Old World Craftsmanship. Sustainable Manufacturing.

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