Personally, I don’t carry anything about my person that doesn’t fit into my sagging pockets or can’t be transported in my clumsy hands. Does that mean I can’t own this bag? Hell no. When a bag looks this good, you don’t need to care what’s inside. In this case, it’s very much what’s on the outside that counts.
Made from tarnished leather with brass-studded straps, the Mortar satchel (£120) from Ted Baker compliments the casual, bookish/nerdy look but would look just as good with a slick Mod suit. So what if you don’t have anything to put in it. Stuff it with old socks or something.