Canvas Messenger Bag - The Commodore - Jack Stillman


Messenger Bags

Commodore Waxed Canvas Messenger

25 Reviews


The Commodore Canvas Messenger Bag is a mid to larger sized messenger bag suitable for work or casual wearing. It has a rugged style to it which suits your adventurous spirit. The Commodore is ready to carry larger laptops up to 36x27cm. Suited to day to day commuting to the office and business that requires a shoulder slung messenger bag / laptop bag. Special features include the unique side pockets which expand into the bag to keep things compact. It’s also worth considering that the Commodore is made from tough 16oz cotton canvas that is naturally protected by beeswax.


Please note that all bags are custom crafted to order. Please allow 3-5 days before shipping.

Motorcycle Ready

The Commodore Messenger Bag has 7 mounting configurations on the back of the bag (9 including the side Brass D-Rings). Each one is reinforced behind the back panel with an added layer of waxed canvas making these attachment loops and the quick grab handle very heavy duty. Using these features allows it to be mounted to your motorcycle for use as a soft pannier. 


10 Year Warranty!
- Handmade from traditional materials
- Uniquely designed side water-bottle pocket keeps the bags shape discreet and allows drainage
Waxed Canvas shoulder pad (Ryan) included
- Reinforced rear handle
- Weather resistant flap design
- We use 16oz heavy beeswaxed cotton canvas that can be re-waxed using Granddad Jack's Sack Wax to maintain water repellency and fabric durability
Tully Shoulder Strap 126 cm * 3.8 cm * 2 mm thickness included
- Solid brass hardware
- All leather is 100% Vegetable tanned and hand stained and painted
- Dimensions: 38cm L x 28cm H x 13cm W
- Can fit laptops and tablets up to 36 x 27cm
- Weight 1.1kg

BIO (Buy it Once)

Jack Stillman is an Australian brand that specialises in making bags for motorcycle enthusiasts and other adventurers. All of our bags are made using sustainable, toxin free materials that are crafted together by hand. One of the underlying principals of Jack Stillman is BIO- Buy it Once. We believe that the resources of Earth are finite and wasteful products are not cool. A Jack Stillman bag uses traditional materials that add character to the bag the more you use it. Look after your investment by re-waxing it, conditioning the leather and keeping it dry and I promise you it will last you for decades not mere months. 

Learn How its made

Innovative Design

“I am passionate about bags and the Commodore Messenger Bag is not like any other. It’s been improved upon over 4 years to get to this point. Each iteration has seen it become smarter and tougher. Features such as the innovative side pocket design, the weather resistant flap and the reinforced anchors are all the result of listening to my customers. I want to make the designs that are smart, not just beautiful.” 

Jarrod Stillman (Designer, Jack Stillman)

Look inside

A bag is only as good as what it can carry. Internal space on the Commodore Messenger Bag is kept simple on purpose: to give you more options. The back panel is padded (comfort + protection). The liner is a 100% cotton. Organisation is a breeze with the lined waxed canvas pockets: spaces for your sunglasses, smart phone and a pen. There's also an added zippered valuables pocket. 

Customer Reviews

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Raymond K.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Bag pretty good but 'motorcycle ready' is a bit misleading. Customer service disappointing.

The bag is fine. Experience? Not so great. The page advertises that the bag is motorcycle ready and misleads you to believe that you can just strap it onto any generic rail. I am not sure about other bikes but on my 2018 Triumph Speedmaster it requires a custom made rail. The photo of the T100 in the webpage has a custom made rail - not available in any retail joint (as of the time of this review - hopefully they exist now). I was offered to return the item for refund less postage, which I did (albeit late but I had been away, and the bag was still brand new untouched), only for Jarrod to rudely tell me that this was not possible, that "no business in their right mind" would do this, and that some customers were "wishy washy". Pretty arrogant and rude attitude. Anyway, not much can be done other than leave an honest review. The bag itself is fine but the question I was asked here was how was my overall experience, so here it is

Jack Stillman

Thanks for taking your time to review Ray. I take on board your comments about the difficulty you had getting the bag to fit your motorcycle. As you know, we were in constant contact and I made many recommendations to you and even referred you to Rogue Motorcycles and several other solutions online. In my opinion and by your admission, you didn't want to make it work, you expected it to just fit straight to your bike out of the post bag. I am personally comfortable with the fact that nothing on the product page could have given the average person that opinion. In fact, you were the very first. Nevertheless I will spell it out from now on. As for the return, let's all be honest here Ray: You purchased the made-to-order bag on September 15 and then attempted to return it on 22 November. I am a small business, not Target or Kmart and returning items after 3 months in your possession is just not a viable proposition for most businesses. I will let the reader decide if I was being unreasonable here.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Daily Use Bag - USA

I'm a huge fan of this bag. I got it as a Christmas gift two or three years back. The person who gifted it to my said customer service and shipping the the States went extremely smoothy. The bag has been put through a decent amount of abuse and has held up remarkably well. When it does eventually give out, I'll absolutely buy another.

Jack Stillman

Good on you Conrad!

Paul W.
Australia Australia


I have no idea as I have not seen hide nor hair of the product. Regards Paul WILLIAMS

Rob G.
Australia Australia

Commodore bag

Just received my Commodore bag and it has exceeded my expectations. Very happy

Col M.
Australia Australia

Birthday Present

It took me a little time to get used to no external pockets, now I don't notice, it's perfect as I travel on public transport to work, so much better than a backpack, love it.