I am very proud to present the very first “His” post of my new “His and Hers” feature on the blog. Last week I wrote about my own search for a bag for Spring. I received some fabulous comments and suggestions for what to buy and I hope that my guest blogger Callum’s post inspires just as much discussion on bags for men.
Callum is from Maketh-The-Man, my favourite blog on male accessories and a constant reminder to me not to ignore men’s fashion on StyleOnTheCouch. I asked Callum to let me and you, Blog Reader, know more about the psychology behind the man bag, and let us have some suggestions of what we might purchase either for ourselves or as gifts to others, in this category. We’d both be very interested to hear what you think about his suggestions and any comments you have in general….
Maketh-The-Man presents: “A man bag for every occasion”
As every modern man knows, a man bag is now a way of life. The fashion commentary arguing for and against is a thing of the past. The noughties heralded a new era and now at the dawn of this decade man bags are the norm, man liner is commonly worn and male skin care sales have hit new highs!
Nowadays, It’s not a question of “should I wear a man bag”, but “which one should I wear today?”
Man bags have always been needed . . . since time began. From the original hunter gatherer carrying his weapons, to the 19th century when valuables and coins were carried in ancient leather pouches (Foster, Vanda. 1982. Bags and Purses. London, UK: B.T. Batsford, LTD.). Men have always required a little something extra to carry all their belongs around. . . We just forgot for a while.
We at “Maketh-The-Man” blame the invention of the pocket for driving man bags to the point of extinction.
Gentlemen of 2011 know over stuffed trousers are not a good look, and the requirement to carry more and more nowadays has thankfully lead to the resurrection of the man bag once again.
These days the typical man has to carry around a wallet, phone, glasses, keys, iPod, headphones, notebook, pen, sunglasses, newspaper, blackberry and a laptop. With so much extra weight being lugged around on a daily basis, the media is now promoting headlines such as ‘Man bags are bad for your health’.
So it is to no surprise that in 2011 there is now a plethora of styles and sizes available to the well-heeled man.
Wearing the right bag can really make a man’s outfit. No longer has the man bag been relegated to just a functional piece to carry gadgets around, it is now a statement symbol that can really Maketh-The-Man.
Below we give you our top man bag occasions, and our favourite brands to inspire you:
For the office – Laptop / Messenger bag
Twitter – @FollowWestwood @farfetchdotcom
For the Members Only Club – Satchel
Twitter – @asos
For the bike – Rucksack
Twitter – @COTEetCIEL @Okini
For the gym – Holdall
Twitter – @farfetchdotcom
For when she wants to borrow your bag – Tote bag
American Apparel Cinch Rope Tote.
Twitter – @americanapparel
For the shopping – shopper / Tote bag
Calabrese Canvas Bag available from Harvey Nicols.
Twitter – @Harvey_Nichols
For when you don’t want to stuff your pockets – Bum bag
Tailfeather Little Swift bum bag:
For that dirty weekend – weekend bag
Twitter – @gucci @MRPORTERLIVE
StyleOnTheCouch writes: Maybe I should be thinking about bags for ‘occasions’ rather than one bag for Spring/Summer. Blog Reader – what do you think of Callum’s choice of bags? Are there any brands you or your boyfriend/partner/friend/husband opts for again and again? And what about male bum bags?