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Bag It: Men’s Edition

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By Jessica Mehalic Lucas

Real men of style rock a man bag. David Beckham, Jay-Z and Brad Pitt have made that abundantly clear with fashion-forward backpacks, messenger bags and weekenders at their sides. This season’s assortment of cool carryalls combine practicality—no more jamming up your pockets with essentials—and statement-making appeal.

For guys who are tentative about entering man bag territory, an ultra-luxe backpack is an ideal place to start. Sporty and smart, Brioni’s two-toned leather version effortlessly makes the work-to-weekend transition.

If you’re a little more traditional, consider Ermenegildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta business bag in navy. The brand creates its signature weave by interlacing thin strips of nappa leather at the esteemed Lanificio Zegna mill, founded in 1910. Keep your everyday fumble-free with convenient pockets for your laptop, business cards and phone.

We can thank European men for the pint-sized crossbody bag trend that’s taken off on runways and in real life; even A$AP Rocky’s been spotted carrying one. Well, if you’re going to go for it, spring for the best. Bottega Veneta’s small messenger bag is handcrafted in leather using the artisanal intrecciato weave the brand is celebrated for.

For spring 2017, Balenciaga held its first ever men’s runway show and oversized tote bags in brilliant yellow and blue were part of the action. Designed in sleek lambskin with a set of short and long handles, the bold shopper bag is available now in medium and large sizes, providing a fresh alternative to your standard everyday or gym bag.

Getting away for the weekend? Arrive with a dapper weekender in hand. Brunello Cucinelli has a knack for crafting sumptuous roomy styles, from a buffalo leather version to a flannel and leather combination. Yeah, your entrance is going to be killer.

If you’re the kind of guy who likes his arm candy, consider Gucci’s python pouch with striped webbing. Aside from its eye-catching appeal, it’s actually quite practical. The piece is large enough to stash documents and other essentials and can be carried solo or slipped into a larger bag.

There are some who stick to the classics—we get it. You’ll log plenty of mileage with Canali’s calfskin leather backpack detailed with a unique carbon texture and gunmetal hardware. The can’t-go-wrong color abides by every urban style code.

Your work bag says a lot about you, so tote one that commands respect. DSquared2’s Twin Peaks bag is no-nonsense, no-going-behind-the-boss’s-back style, luxuriously crafted in leather.


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