July 27, 2012

Menswear Street Style: The Man Bag Edition

The perfect bag is more than just an everyday accessory but an obsession. And in today's world, bags aren't just for women. Let's face it, men need to carry things around too and whether they admit it or not, they want something cooler than the average briefcase. After scouting not only the shops but the streets, here are our picks for our favorite man bags.

photo via Ernest Alexander

At the top of the list is the menswear label, Ernest Alexander. The brand began with the idea of combining heritage materials, quality craftsmanship, and an extremely detailed aesthetic to create a highly functional, classic bag for men. Not to mention, the label is made right here in the U.S. Our personal favorite is the first bag every made by the menswear label, the Hudson Wax Messenger in charcoal. It's the ideal everyday carryall with it's durable fabrication, adjustable leather strap, and utility pockets.

photo via Rag & Bone

One of the hottest bags this summer is for sure Rag & Bone's Indigo Duffle. This bag is the perfect combination of sporty and chic. Made out of canvas, this duffle is equipped with navy stitched straps, a brown leather handle, and a patchwork pocket in the front. Did we mention it's sold out?!?!?

photo via Billy Kirk

If you are looking for something a bit more innovative, Billy Kirk's No. 95 Shoulder Satchel is the bag for you. Hand-stitched and inspired by a WWII Belgium Map Case, this shoulder satchel is made right here in the U.S. in just a few hours. The bag is made of one piece of cow hide with white bronze military hardware and an adjustable strap. It's a great update to the traditional school or work bag with a fit for everything from books to a small laptop!

photo via Opening Ceremony

With every fabulous bag, comes a great wallet too, right? Well then you must check out Alexander Wang's Wallie Billfold Wallet. It's simple, yet edgy and with it's grainy leather and signature metal corners it's a great compliment to any bag!

video via Freitag

Inspired by the colorful trucks along the Zurich highway, the Swiss company Freitag, makes long lasting, four season proof bags and accessories from used car seat belts and truck tarpaulins. Not only do they come in a variety of cool colors and designs, but the products are reliable, functional, and water-repellent. While the company is best know for their messengers, today they have become super Mac friendly with their iPhone, iPad and Macbook sleeves.

So while these are our picks for the best man bags on the market, what are men actually wearing? From work to play to everyday, here are some of our favorite street shots from around NYC!


  1. These are all effeminate. I carry a Man-PACK. There is no other manly option on the market. I got mine at www.Man-PACK.com

  2. This is a great showcase of the latest styles.
    Please give a look at Industry Portage--one of NY's own. RJ Diaz is an inspirational guy building high quality gear.

    Thanks for giving us a snapshot on all of the pieces men are carrying.

    Vvego International

  3. We agree and that's why we make these fantastic bags for men and women alike:

  4. Wow, great collection of bags for men, all the designs are supercool and seems to have sufficient capacity. We, at justfab.com also provide information about fashionable shoes and handbags.


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