On this page you can take a nostalgic trip back to your younger days and rediscover the sports bag you used for school or college in the 70s and 80s, or even further back!

There are now hundreds of sports and gym bags available that are reminiscent of the bags everyone was using several decades ago. Some are authentic replicas, while others have a funky modern twist, and we've hand-picked all the best ones just for you!  

Retro red and white Adidas messenger shoulder bag

Adidas Bags

Back in my childhood, the most popular sports bag that was used for carrying just about everything we needed for a long day at school was an adidas messenger style bag. The most popular colour was, not surprisingly, red and white which reflected the amount of support for the big teams such as Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal. I am an Aston Villa supporter, so it has always been much more difficult to find bags in claret and blue!

It's amusing to see that retro style sports bags are now considered "cool" by today's school kids, and as old as it makes me feel, it's still very satisfying to know that I had several of the original bags during my school days back in the 70s and 80s. 

Adidas Trefoil Gym Drawtring BagAdidas Originals Unisex White SackpackAdidas Men's Linear Classic Red BackpackAdidas Trefoil Unisex Shoulder Bag, RedAdidas Crossbody Bag for hiking, festivals etc.Adidas Classic Logo Sports Backback, BlackAdidas Originals Unisex Festival Crossbody Bag, RedAdidas Originals Blue Crossbody Bag


Dunlop Sports Bags

These retro-style bags will ensure that you really stand out from the crowd. We've picked out some favourites here, including messenger, gym and tennis bags.

Dunlop Faux Leather Unisex Sports Messenger BagOfficial Dunlop Headphones Blue Retro Messenger BagDunlop Racket Cover Bag for 2 RacxketsDunlop Red and White Retro Tennis Badminton BagDunlop Limited Edition Vintage Look Tennis BagDunlop Unisex Comic Characters Retro Gym BagDunlop Green and Yellow Vintage Sports BagDunlop GREEN FLASH Double Zip Shoulder Bag White & GreenDunlop Wimbledon Tennis Racket Bag with Strawberries Graphic


Dunlop Vintage Gym Holdalls

Dunlop Sport are a British company that have been making tennis and golfing equipment since 1910. These trendy Dunlop sports bags have a wonderful vintage style. They're made from a leather-look PU (which helps to keep the cost down) but they still look very authentic.

If you want to be ultra-fashionable, then turn up to your training session with a Dunlop gym bag and it will certainly be a conversation starter!

Dunlop Unisex-Adult Weekender Top-Handle Bags 20177 Black (Black/Beige), 46x25x25 cm (B x H x T)Dunlop Retro Gym Holdall Sports Weekend Barrel Shoulder Bag BlackBack to School Dunlop Navy Blue Retro Distressed leather look Holdall Shoulder Gym bag with Ecru trim


Gola Sports Bags

The Gola bag was an iconic success back in the 70s, and the Redford is the style to go for for true retro coolness. There are oodles of fun colours and designs to choose from. Many of the designs look just like the originals from back in the day, with others having a modern twist, such as the Kolmio below.


Gola Classics Black and Blue Retro Sports BagGola Classics Green and White Retro Messenger BagGola Classics Redford Messenger Bag, Black and WhiteGola Finney retro Sports Holdall Bag, Khaki and Tan with Union Flag BadgeGola Hicks Chevron Gym/Beach Bag, Red, whiteand blueGola Classic Redford Purple Floral BackpackClassics Redford Team Gola Swimming Retro Messenger BagGola Redford Runner Pink and Blue Sports BagGola Redford Track Runner Sports BagGola Redford Unisex Pink Rosewood Pink Sea GreenGola Classics Pink Union Jack Redford BagGola Red, WHite and Blue Retro Messenger Bag


More Retro Bags that caught our eye...

1980s Drawstring Gym Bag, Pink. Other colours availableRetro Style Messenger Bag, GreenVintage Leather Holdall Sports Travel BagDoctor WHo TARDIS Police Box Insulated Cooler BagAtari Japanese Logo Messenger BagWalls Starship 4 Lolly Messenger BagAX Spectrum Keyboard Retro Sports BagVW Camper Van Retro Shoulder BagRetro Pan-Am Flight Sports Bag, green and whiteThe Original Camden Town London Retro Shoulder Sports BagAero California Retro Airline Shoulder Sports BagSonic The Hedgehog Class of 1991 Retro Backpack Bag