Come together, but apart. Men’s bags on lock down

Us women know our bag collection however big or small; each bag will have a distinctive purpose.  Men often make a bag work for all uses, for example, the bag for a laptop, will work as a weekend bag, gym bag and so on.  However, in these unusual times, with time out of the home for specific purposes only, men are finding they need more bag options.  For the fashion loving men, here’s your guide to the bags that are high on function and never knowingly undersold on style.   These are my five favourite bag brands on instagram that will see you through these strange times.

On foot

Côte et Ciel brings a light grey bag with many functions.  The Ashokan is a backpack or can be separated, and you can opt to wear the waist bag or even style it out as a crossbody sling bag.  Top marks, as this bag has got your back covered (I mean head), come rain or shine – no kidding, it has a foldaway rain hood stored in a detachable pouch on the shoulder straps!  Price 340 euros.

Men's designer bag brands on instagram
Côte et Ciel Ashokan backpack

Food on the go

Bring a bucket load of personality and space on the daily visit to the shops for your fresh provisions.  Bally adds on trend rope finishing (yellow top handle), urban chevron styling to the straps on this standout backpack which gives easy access to storage, with a drawstring opening.  Price £690.

Men's designer bag brands on instagram
Bally Runn backpack

Sling it baby!

When you want to be hands free and travel light, the Aste bum bag or sling bag from the Scandinavian brand Sandqvist is ideal.  Be brave and opt for the mint colour with citrus orange detailing.  This bag is ideal for the vegans amongst you, it is made from 100% recycled materials from post industrial waste.  Price £45.

Men's designer bag brands on instagram
Sandqvist Aste bum bag

Mobility options

Why not think further ahead, and opt for a bag that is ready to get you back to a more familiar way of life when lock down is lifted?  Introducing the stylish Mobility bag from Issey Miyake’s Homme Plissé range.  It is a backpack but it also has a carry handle on the side, with a minimalist, architectural pleat on the face.  It comes in white, green or black.  Price £855.  If only the Issey Miyake websites were as easy to navigate.

Men's designer bag brands on instagram
Issey Miyake Mobility backpack

Ride away

If you;’re out on your bike in leathers not lycra, keep it sleek and slimline with British brand Bennett Winch.  What’s not to love, a classic backpack style but don’t let the slim silhouette fool you.  There’s a padded laptop pocket with a detachable waterproof compartment (for when you need a change shoes –  not something I thought I would type in a men’s article) and don’t forget a concealed front pocket for easy access!  Four colours are available in the waterproof cotton canvas backpack, priced £395 or two colours in the leather option priced £850.

Men's designer bag brands on instagram
Bennett Winch backpack

There you have it, the edit of 5 men’s bags brands that can take you running, shopping, out on a bike or getting ready to get back to the office commute.  Mind the gap during these times, and keep your distance, in fact 2 metres.


Photo credit: Abbey Road reworked by visuals on Unsplash.

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