The designers who sent their male models down the runways for the AW19/20 fashion shows had bags carried at every angle. Whilst the styles have their edge, they are high on function, with lots of pockets. Here’s a top 10 list of this season’s bags. And it doesn’t matter if there are corporate days, in a start up or agency or casual weekends, the bag should no longer be an after thought. There’ll be trouser pockets breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to be put to the test! And if you have a man in your life who has everything he can want for, this may be your Christmas gift list of inspiration.
Bags for day trips and city breaks
For those who love a weekend away. there are three bag styles to peruse and all you have to do is decide on where to hang your bag; crossbody, from the hip or from the shoulder.
This is 100% urban; a bright colour and casual design. It’s a belt bag that is worn crossbody from Heron Preston; the CTNB logo patch belt bag. Price £255. I’m booking the Eurostar and heading to Paris for a romantic weekend away and this bag is coming with us!
For those looking for a bit of extra swagger, opt for the bag that hangs from your waist band. From Amiri, crafted in Italian leather, the hip pouch has 3 pockets. This amount of style will set you back £690. This bag would rock Berlin.
And for those who want a more traditional carry bag for phone and wallet, opt for the familiar brand Herschel Supply Company. Well known for their backpacks, they bring a hardy bag solution for lighter days; the Ultra-thin crossbody bag at £45. Take wherever the sun is shining.
For multi-purpose days
For those who need to carry more than their wallet, phone and keys, here are 3 backpacks, the bag style which is the most popular bag desige carried by men.
Starting again with the urban style, from Y3, this black backpack with the white Yohji logo emblazoned over its side, will be appreciated by any casual sports wearing fan. After all this bag is a collaboration between Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto. You’ll find it retailing in various places, priced anywhere between £125 and £175.
Kaft may not be a brand that many are familiar with, despite it being available in over 50 locations across the globe. It’s a design company that cares about manufacturing products that stand out from the crowd. And the Nordhug backpack does just that – it’s available in 8 colour ways. This original backpack is available at £48.
For those who have sustainability front of mind, here’s a vegan backpack from Sandqvist. Available in four colours, the Verner will hold those extras, from laptop to book. It’s a combination of minimalist Scandinavian design and high on function. Price £129.
For non-backpack lovers
There are some guys who won’t been seen carrying a backpack on their work days. So here are two additional styles to consider; sling over the shoulder messenger bag and the hand held brief case. Both though have refreshing designs.
From the classic British designer, Paul Smith, whose roots were firmly set in men styling, here’s the Archive print canvas crossbody bag with its leather trim, stand out print and embossed signature on the front. Available at £395.
Next is where outdoor activity styling meets modern lines. This is a durable nylon cross body bag with a padded laptop sleeve inside. This shape is a departure from the classic Fred Perry bag shape and for that reason alone, it will catch a few eyes. Price £65.
Get on the brief case!
All over the runways were puffer fabrics and pockets. Welcome to the designer bag finale. From two very different designers, here are two bags that distil the runway themes of AW’19 in their purest sense.
Firstly, from A-Cold-Wall, this puffer or quilted nylon tote bag is available in black or blue. Plenty of space for a laptop and more. Price £540.
From Italy and the house of Prada, you have a modern take on the leather briefcase. It has four exterior stud pockets, with a detachable shoulder strap. If you’ve got a big budget and need a bit more space, this is a treat. Price £2530.
There you have it! Who knew there were three bag types to choose from this season. Whether you’re fashion forward or just looking to refresh your bag, you’ve got urban, outdoor, small to oversized bags to choose from.
The autumn/winter fashion bags though do have one theme in common and that’s storage. You just can’t get enough of pockets. And if you have a man in your life whose accessories’ wardrobe needs a makeover, the autumn/winter collection has the options to select from. Christmas gifts for men sorted!
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