Maybe a bold headline but one that takes inspiration from a great performer playing in the background as I type – James Brown. Now he was a man who wasn’t afraid of styling and in my defence, men tend to need a bit of help with their bag styling. If you have a man in your life who needs a new bag, here are the styles and choices that are in demand.
And it doesn’t matter if your man walks the corporate path, loves the street style of urban fashion or just needs a bag high on function, this guide will help you navigate the shapes and budgets, just in time for the Christmas present shopping list.
For the laptop or briefcase carrier, try the modern tailoring of these 3 bags. From Ralph Lauren, in his 50th anniversary year, there is the luxurious grain calf leather briefcase, available in black with a two colour strap, priced at £1090.
When the load needed to carry is a bit bigger but you want the styling to remain in tact head to Bally. You’re spoilt for choice here for bags for men. This is the Sommet 2 bag in navy suede at £1250.
For the minamalist who loves clean lines and is design conscious, this subtle briefcase, inspired by a doctor’s bag, will catch the eye. From Sandqvist, the Jones bag can also be switched to a backpack. In various colours, navy is the new black for men this season; priced at £235.
And for those who those who love casual there are backpacks and barrel bags. And a list of bags for men is incomplete without an offering from Paul Smith. This Signature Stripe black leather backpack comes in at £475.
Looking for less curves and lovely tall lines, the water resistant backpack, without a wide berth warning, comes from Rains. You can find this bag on the high street if there is a John Lewis store near you or of course online. Priced at £75.
And for a nod to the mod style, the sportsman or a fan of The Specials music, consider Fred Perry. The two tone barrel bag comes in at £75. It still has the zipped compartment at one end, keeping true to its original design detail.
And this year’s newcomer to the bags for men is inspired by the catwalks from around Europe, the crossbody bag. If you’re on a budget this year head to Zara, for the leather belt bag. Prices at £49.99.
If the bum bag worn crossbody is a too far into the street style camp and you aren’t restricted by a budget, head to Hugo Boss for a crossbody narrow messenger style bag. This envelope bag with rubbererised logo is £89.
And for those men who channel a sports vibe at every casual moment and need to transport a few more items, go for the Nike over large bum bag at £32. Find it at ASOS.
And last but by no means least from Off White, the Italian street wear fashion label founded by Virgil Abloh is this black crossbody. This is for your fashion conscious man who will love you for giving a bag from this label. This style is sold out in many places but find it at Farfetch for £412.
There you have it. 10 bags to choose from. May be a bag for every man and every budget, with the selection starting from £32 and peaking at £1250. So for all the stuff a man needs for his daily routine, you have the shapes and budgets for all sizes.
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