T H E E V O L U T I O N O F
T H E M A N P U R S E
By: Brian Millward
It was not too long ago that the man purse was touted around as the key accessory for the “metrosexual” man. To many men the idea of being seen carrying around a “purse” was the epitome of emasculation. The man purse has come a long way since then, and has evolved to fit the needs of every man and every lifestyle. Let’s take a look at how the man purse can work for you.
The Classic Briefcase
For the man who means business, the briefcase is a perfect fit. More conventionally known for containing documents and possibly a flask of some sort, the briefcase has gone through a modern-day makeover to meet the needs of the young professional. The Elijah Pebble Leather Briefcase made by Danier is the perfect staple for any man who wants to make a sophisticated statement at the office. Keep your eye out for features like high-quality leather and make sure there’s enough space for your laptop and other tech.
The Messenger Bag
Comfort and function, the messenger bag is perfect for guys who just can’t fit everything in their pockets. The Pop Quiz Messenger Bag from Herschel has enough space for your laptop, tablet, and small child - just making sure you’re still with me. When you’re looking for a good messenger bag make sure that it lends itself practically with waterproof material, and extra pouches for organization.
The Gym Bag
If you’re someone who actually makes it to the gym frequently, this is the man purse for you. Durability and flexibility are key features to look for in the bag that will be tossed around locker rooms and soccer fields. You also want to find bags that use fabrics that are breathable and easy to clean (it’s okay, we all sweat at the gym). The Nike Max Air Duffle Bag hits all of these points and will also make you look like an elite athlete even if you just use it to pretend that you have a gym membership.
The Weekend Bag
This is the bag that you need for those long work trips or a spontaneous romantic getaway. It’s important to find the right balance of size and comfort. You want to make sure the bag is large enough to hold everything you need for your weekend rendezvous, but not so large that you have to check it at the airport. The Maas Duffle Bag by BOSS hits that balance perfectly and adds an extra layer of style with polished hardware and textured leather.
The Girlfriend’s Bag
This is for the confident man who likes to do nice things for his girlfriend. Maybe she needs to run to the bathroom, or go try on that cute dress she saw in the store window. No matter what the occasion, you are there to be her knight in shining armour and to hold that purse. Whether it’s Chanel, Gucci, or Fendi, it doesn’t matter because you are doing your duty as a boyfriend. You hold that purse with pride knowing that you are making your girlfriend’s day just a little bit easier. Many women would argue that this is the sexiest man purse of them all.
The evolution of the man purse isn’t so much an evolution of style, but of perception. Call it a purse or satchel or whatever because it’s 2016, and at the end of the day, they are all just bags that hold things! Even if a bag is geared towards men or women - it doesn’t matter - because a bag isn’t a statement of your masculinity or sexuality. If it fits your personal style and helps you organize your life then the man purse will become an essential piece in your wardrobe. So whether you’re rocking a man purse for work, sport, or travel, make sure to always pair it with confidence.
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