The man bag, the murse, the dude pack – whatever you want to call it, men’s bags have been a huge trend on the runways and in retail for the past couple of years. Men have a lot of stuff too, and bags make carrying things a lot easier. With designers paying more attention to men’s accessories, it should come as no surprise that men’s bags are having a Cinderella moment. These bags tread the line of fall/winter but can easily translate to the spring/summer. Check out five favourites...
Rockstud Camo Briefcase – Valentino
Valentino isn’t the brand it once was. For a while, that wasn’t a good thing, but in 2008, former accessories designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli were named creative directors and they’ve successfully updated the brand taking it from glamorous high fashion fantasy, to wearable contemporary fashion. A prime example is their Rockstud Camo Briefcase. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the bag is well-made. Its golden hardware provides a strong contrast against the textured camouflage lambskin. This briefcase comes with a strap to provide for easier handling. The best part about this bag is its camo texture. Because the bag is black, the camo is understated – giving it the kind of variety that moves well before and after work.
Available from BergdorfGoodman.com
Men’s Herringbone Weekender Bag – Dsquared2
Dean and Dan Caten (creative directors for Dsquared2) have produced consistent menswear since their first collection. Their herringbone weekender bag speaks to their artistry and practicality. The flannel herringbone gives you a little of the fall to take with you this season. The leather base along the corners and sides give it a sustainability and will age well. Because of the Herringbone, this bag could be best paired with a tailored suit. But for contrast, consider jeans, linen, and jersey in pants and shirts.
Available from BergdorfGoodman.com
Tech Bag – Stroble New York
Stylist Christian Stroble’s bag collection is the epitome of functional New York fashion. His bags create a Lower Eastside sense of luxury without selling out. The designs are structural like the collection’s Tech Bag. In black, the bag features pebbled Italian vegetable tan leather with no lining for rugged clientele. The tech bag is small and light enough to work for the man in transit who isn’t terribly concerned with carrying something frequently. The strap takes away the complication of handbags and blends luxury with functionality.
Available from StrobleNewYork.com
Soft Clutch – Zara
At 11 inches high and 12 inches wide, the soft clutch from Zara can fit important documents, a tablet, a smart phone, and your keys. The soft cow leather on the outside and inside give this bag an exposed sense of effortless style. The single X-pleat throughout the clutch make it simplistic with the basic color bright enough for the spring/summer seasons.
Available from Zara.com
Index Wallet – Jack Spade
In vibrant cobalt, the Jack Spade Index Wallet is as basic as it gets, but the construction is masterfully done. The bifold wallet is small enough for the man who doesn’t travel with a lot. The exterior is classic with leather and elastic for a bit of a stretch in the necessary places. The six card slot gives the buyer room to play with, while the cotton and twill lining add a toughness that makes it last longer than other luxury wallets – it’s the best of both worlds, and the color is just bright enough to turn heads.
Available from Piperlime.com