Step Up Your Accessory Game With One Of These Classic Bags
If you still think a man’s bag is a ‘murse’, you’re sadly behind on the times. Despite what The Hangover may have you believe, the stigma attached to men’s bags is officially a thing of the past. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the sales of men’s luxury bags leaped an astonishing 47% in 2014 and with those kinds of stats, came a flood of stylish men’s accessory collections on the market. Anyone from Kanye West to David Beckham have been snapped sporting a handbag, and with high fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren down to affordable brands like Herschel and Toms designing different types of lines of bags exclusively for men, it’s about time we time to embrace the convenient, stylish trend.
Everlane Men’s Twill Backpack
Often dubbed the student bag, backpacks are a classic staple in any man’s wardrobe. Even if you don’t plan on totting books to class everyday, you never know when a sturdy backpack will come in handy. The backpack is without a doubt one of the best bags you can have in your wardrobe. This twill cotton number from Everlane elevates the classic ‘pack for a sophisticated, yet sturdy any occasion bag. It also boasts being large enough to fit a 15” Macbook, but if you’re worried about it looking bulky when you’re only toting a few items, fear not. The drawstring feature lets the bag collapse, making it appear smaller when you don’t need as much space. Although their classic charm is often simultaneous to students, a classic backpack with the right structure and aesthetic is still one of the best bags for men.
The Gym Bag
Herschel Classic Gym Bag
Every guy who has ever set foot in a locker room knows the importance of a good gym bag. Especially relevant for commuters, there’s nothing worse than toting your gym shoes around in the same bag you bring your lunch. This bag by Herschel takes the classic gym bag to the next level by actually adding a pocket specifically for your shoes. What’s more, it’s simple, sleek design looks more like a messenger bag than a typical gym bag, which is great for the guy who doesn’t feel the need to advertise the fact that he’s en route to the gym.
The All-In-One Bag
Toms Canvas Backpack With Tech Pocket
Gone are the days of clunky, padding-heavy tech bags. This canvas bag by Toms is sophisticated and subtle – definitely not your father’s laptop case. Looking more like a casual carryall than a tech bag or backpack, this leather trimmed number ensures your devices stay secure, without looking like they’re being stored in a tourist’s camera bag. The bag also includes several zippered compartments so you can store anything from your wallet to your keys without worrying about them damaging your gear and is a great bag for men who often have to tote their tech along with their everyday necessities.
The Messenger Bag
Sandqvist Erik Messenger Bag
The messenger bag has been a staple in men’s fashion for as long as we can remember. It’s a classic alternative to the backpack, and although the rise of men’s bags gave way to many fresh new styles, the messenger bag will always be a tried-and-true classic. This number from Sandqvist oozes old school appeal with its tanned leather straps and canvas body, and is a great option for the guy who isn’t completely sold on the men’s bag
Samsonite Leather Flap Case
The briefcase is a classic men’s handbag. Unlike the briefcases of the past, modern day cases look more like a messenger bag than a traditional hard and box-like case. This briefcase by Samsonite combines a classic design with a modern distressed leather finish, for an updated vintage appeal. The top handle and removable crossbody strap make it easy for commuting while still being office appropriate, perfect for the modern man on the town.
The Holdall Bag
Ted Baker Holdall Bag
The holdall is an essential accessory for any man who likes to escape from the city on the weekend. It’s a great alternative to a classic suitcase — and is small enough to qualify as a carry-on — fitting just enough for a three-day vacation, give or take a pair of shoes. Although the classic holdall has been a long-time staple in the city guy’s wardrobe, Ted Baker managed to update the classic holdall without compromising its convenience factor. This sharp holdall boasts black grained-leather, reinforced straps, and a detachable shoulder strap, making it versatile enough to suit just about any style.