Every fashionable guy out there knows that a bag is not just a stylish accessorise to finish a look but god so we need them for all our stuff too. Gone are the days when men didn’t dare carry a bag or briefcase unless they were dressed in a suit and on the way to their wall street office. Today a “Man Bag” or the newer name that makes me nearly crack a rib laughing a “Murse” has become a staple in any mans modern wardrobe. With all major designers and the high street really giving man bags a modern look for the 21st century, So no more looking like a doctor doing house calls or a business man going to wall street. Below is a breakdown of all the man bags on the market and I share some from my own collection at the end.
Satchel: The Satchel Bag really has became a household name since the hangover was released. I mean we all remember the classic line ” it’s not a man purse its a satchel” so a satchel is a bag with a strap that is worn on one shoulder and worn on the bag side of the hip. A satchel is very similar to a messenger bag but the only difference is that a messenger bag is smaller and simply for a few items or “messages” where as a satchel is bigger and can be used to store documents or paperwork. It is more of a modern day briefcase really.
Cambridge Satchel Company Satchel
Tote Bag: Tote Bags are the bags of the artisans. I see time and time again artists and actors wearing this bag. I think that it suits the artisan mind very well. It is simple and fuss free. It is basically like a fancy carrier bag from Tesco. You can throw all your things in it and there is no fussy buckles or straps. I think this bag is the way forward for the modern man. I don’t own a tote bag recently but I have ordered one from Jack Spade. Hopefully it lives up to my expectation. you can see it Here ( Jack Spade Tote)
Jack Spade United Arrows Tote Bag
Briefcase: A briefcase is basically a handbag that may or may not have a strap, suitable for all documents and paperwork you may need. Traditionally they have been the go to essential for any business man and were made to resemble boxes. Not these new kids on the block, today they have a curvier look and are much more functional.
Borlino The Modern Briefcase
Overnight Bag: Simply is what is is bag for storing all your essentials for a night my overnight bag of choice is a bag from Kate Moss’s collection. It is a small black bowling bag made from Leather and Suede. It is small and sleek enough to just hold enough for a night. Similar black crocodile overnight bag here
Clava Canvas Overnight Bag
Messenger Bag: This bag got it’s name and design from the bags traditionally carried through history by whom else? Messengers of course. The bags are often made from canvas with a strap. The messenger bag is mostly worn cross body and on the side of the hip.
Mens Messenger Bag From Bag Earth
Backpack: Well this is a classic, We all have experienced the pain of our childhood carrying backpacks to and from school with enough books to start a small library in it. Now I very rarely use one as I feel they are so awkward to get my stuff out of. There is nothing as worse as rummaging through your backpack at the checkout to find your AMT card. ( Trust me I know) I do have a backpack which doubles as a laptop case so If I have lot’s of files to carry I will use it but other than that it sits in my wardrobe. My backpack of choice is from Wenger a Swiss brand specializing in Swiss Knife manufacture and outdoor apparel. My backpack from Wenger is a great buy and although I don’t use it that often it is very comfortable and protects my laptop and paperwork very well. Similar Wenger Backpack Here
Superdry Backpack From Next
Newsboy Bag: Another classic is the Newsboy named after the people who used to carry them, Yes you guessed right it was the the newsboys. This iconic style of bag is less formal than a briefcase and more style savvy than a messenger bag. In my books it gets some major style points. According to some this is the oldest form of bag. My Newsboy Bag of choice is a Ted Baker bag which I bought in Brown Thomas. I love that it’s big enough to fit documents and the odd magazine I purchase without looking like it’s bulging. It’s one of my favorite for a days shopping or travelling. The outside of the bag is 100% leather and the inside is a cotton printed lining which is super soft yet durable. The bag is great in the Irish weather as it can really withstand the rain. Similar Ted Baker Newsboy Bag Here
Newsboy Bag J Crew
Duffel Bag: Simply the handiest bag you will own. A good Duffel Bag is just what one needs for those business trips lasting three days or a short midweek break. They are very practical and sleek. I love mine as I can throw a few essential for shoots in it and I’m out the door. my Duffle Bag of choice is a Louis Vuitton Keepall 50, I love that it’s small enough to bring on a flight as hand luggage and big enough to fit almost a week worth of clothes. The only negative thing about the bag is that I bought the bag in monogram. If I was buying again I would buy the damier graphite as I do feel like the monogram is a little too tacky. Other than that it’s a great bag and the vachetta leather looks better with age. See the same Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Here.
Louis Vuitton Keepall 50 Damier Graphite
My Own Collection: A Visual Diary.
Below are my top three must have bags X
Ted Baker Flight Bag Similar Here
Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 Same Here
Ted Baker Messenger Bag Similar Here