Whether it is a purse or a larger one, in a woman’s world, bags are considered as accessories. Whereas in a man’s world, bags are seen as a bit more formal and used in professional situations because they tend to be associated with briefcases. Since men’s fashion operates within a tighter framework than women, only a few designers are venturing in men’s bags. Back in the old days, a much-needed arsenal of expensive gadgets, smartphones, chargers, headphones, laptops and tools are essential to get through a busy day. As we all know, men are more particular with functionality than style, but let’s not think that style is losing credence in adding some appeal to a modern man’s everyday buddy.
Since watching the New York Fashion Week, I have noticed a number of bags with considerably unique material combinations, subtle color choices and everything new to our fashionable senses. Just like how the audacious layers and shapes are tiptoeing across gender boundaries by choosing more adventurous materials. I certainly support how brands are escalating styles to the world of men’s bags as it opens a bigger door for men who are so used to keeping the “man bags” too attached to what’s permissible. However, these may not even be available in stores just yet. Don’t fret. I handpicked the”something similar” design ideas to the bags showcased on the runways. So, I am sharing tidbits that can motivate you to hold on to your credit cards until you find the bags that are worth your money.
Color Block Brown Leather Backpacks
I know quite a number of men who are not comfortable going to work with backpacks because they feel it isn’t for grownups. Backpacks are starting to make a regular appearance in the professional world. A major selling point for these bags besides its durability is its soft brown leather. Not only this gives the backpack the kind of look that translates well into spring, it also doesn’t make you look like you cannot move on from your college days. In the New York Fashion Week, Perry Ellis had a more vivid version of this backpack using bold pastel color blocks. It fits a fresh vintage getup, vintage sunnies, soft denim shirt, a nice belt and a pair of Belfiore tassel loafers that match the color of the bag,
Leather Duffle Bag
One of the models was carrying this semi-zebra-inspired Duffle bag designed by none other than the famous John Varvatos called Leather and Ponyskin Duffle Bag. The bag’s shape is similar to his Detroit Duffle bag except that it is constructed from a blend of supple leather and pony skin. This leather and ponyskin duffle bag from John Varvatos is not available yet in stores but you can get similar joy with a nearly identical construction and with regular leather version. What makes leather duffle bags is that it appears pretty much enclosed to get inside this fortress of a bag. Pairing this leather duffle bag with a black overcoat and black jeans is an on-point option for a smart casual look. A pair of black leather boots will complete the seamless look.
Compact Shoulder Bag
This concept incorporates a sense of style and professional look. The runway version (Luna shoulder bag by Head Porter of Japan) has a very interesting texture and subtle embellishments, which could be overwhelming for men to use daily. The similar compact bags can offer equal convenience being smaller than a conventional messenger bag. If you only need a bag big enough to carry small items such as phone, wallet, pen, your passport, lighter and hankie, then this construction is never far behind to capture your attention. A blazer with a navy striped pullover underneath, aviators, distressed denim pants and a pair of gray oxford shoes compliment the color and size of the shoulder bag.
Behind every woman is a reliable tote bag and this nearly goes the same for men. In the past five years, I have been seeing unisex bags on the runways and even on the streets a lot often. When you look around, you’ll see lots of women carrying the disparate objects of their daily lives. Men are no exception, so to speak. In the absence of a messenger bag, I think it is quite interesting to embed it with some character in order to keep it “manly looking.” Before you know it, man totes are hitting the trends perfectly, falling exactly where it should be. They are becoming acceptable as a man’s staple for a fact that their shape is practically efficient.
I call this utility duffle bag “the slouchy bag.” Of course, for very obvious reasons. At first glance, I could not grasp how come it is noteworthy as a “work bag.” While it resembles a gym bag, I soon understand its sense to be a working man’s essential. It is like a duffle bag and a tote in one, which is a great choice to carry to work since it has a great storage capacity. You can easily bring extra clothes for work dinners or after work events to attend to. The one on the NTFW has a different material but this utility duffle bag looks quite close to that. You can’t go wrong with this classic gentleman full outfit: crewneck sweater with a button down shirt underneath, slim core flex jeans, brown boots and a classic watch.
You are probably wondering why “messenger bags” is not on the list. Messenger bag is the King of “man bags” as it never goes obsolete, never goes out of style and will always remain style-forward. The current styles are still a solid way to pull off the same vibe. I actually imagine a shirt with concealed buttons at the front because it can look absolutely great with this slouchy duffle bag but any outfit that is street casual equally looks neat. Spot the color matches?