Though historically an accessory favoured more by the female of the species, the bag has come a long way from the constant jibes experienced by any bloke daring enough to wear a ‘man-bag’ to an everyday item that most couldn’t do without. After all, with all of the gadgets we carry around today, no amount of brute force will make your beloved iPad or Kindle fit into your pocket.
So with man’s ever increasing need for a day to day bag in mind, here are three top options that won’t break the bank, but will survive the daily beatings from being dragged to work and back.
Established in 1894 – Barbour has more heritage than you can shake a stick at. Sticking to their ethos of quality, functional, long lasting wares has served them well - and has seen the brands popularity has soar in recent years. Alongside producing great outerwear that can stand up to the harshest of weather on't farm, they have been known to make a decent bag too. This canvas version of the Tarras bag is ideal for your daily commute to and from work. It’s big enough to fit plenty of items in, is water resistant inside and out, will help you pull off that 'country gent' style that is so popular nowadays – and is exceptional value for money at £89.00
If backpacks are more your thing, then Eastpak has you covered. Manufacturing bags since 1952 - initially producing duffle bags for the armed forces under the name of' Eastern Canvas Products', the brand knows more than most about what makes a good backpack. Having remained at the forefront of the industry ever since, they continue to produce quality product that is available worldwide. Anyway, enough of the history lesson - this simple, effective backpack features spacious main and separate laptop compartments, padded back and shoulder straps for pro-longed comfort, a zipped front pocket and a reinforced base to keep all your belongings safe from harm. Available at £66, this bag is a relative bargain when you think of all the heritage brands popping up and creating bags of a similar ilk for nearly double the price.
Although likely to cause you more stick than wearing a pair of Ugg boots to the pub, tote bags are actually very functional and easy to use. From the free, paper thin canvas ones that almost every shop seemed to give out as carrier bags at one point (i'm not complaining) to highly constructed ones such as this Carhartt offering, the tote is an ideal everyday bag. Most will fit an array of items from laptops to sandwich boxes and provide much easier access than any bag that is slung over your shoulder. If you want to reduce the macho jeering to a minimum, the more rugged the tote, the better – see Albam, Post Overalls and Filson for other good options.
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