If you happen to search for a certain bag that is preppy yet casual with a hint of British touch, get yourself a hold of anything by Paul Smith.
Like this messenger bag for instance, which I love and found it to be totally useful.
Known for the iconic picture of a multicoloured striped Mini in front of a Paul Smith boutique - for this Spring/Summer 2012 season, it's the Los Angeles' - this 'Mini on Location' messenger bag is an English dandy-chic powerhouse to be reckoned with.
Made of canvas with purple canvas inner lining, it's perfect for your - in this case, ahem, my - around town day to day use without looking so serious, yet roomy enough to fill in all of your necessary belongings.
There is an internal zip pocket and an iPad/netbook compartment. The shoulder strap is of chocolate brown and the metal hardware is in gold.
If you're looking for a decent bag less than RM2000, then this one is a steal. With Paul Smith stamp on it, you know you're in good hands.