But the day after I placed my order for the Filson, I came across a New York-based company called Ernest Alexander. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about them out there, but they produce these really great looking, reasonably priced messenger bags using only materials purchased from local suppliers. Their aim is to help preserve the NYC's garment district, which has seen longtime residents forced out because of rising rents and manufacturers' reliance on cheap parts and labor from other parts of the world. It's an admirable mission, and the bags are perfect: understated and seemingly very well made. Should you be in need, be sure to look their way.