A Man-Bag Mashup

 Man-Bag Mashup, by Corey Lauren

Phil (Bradley Cooper’s masculine attractive character): You’re not really wearin’ that, are you?
Alan (guy in photo above with buddha belly): Wearin’ what?
Phil: The man purse. You actually gonna wear that, or you guys just [beep] with me?
Alan: It’s where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it’s not a man purse. It’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.
Phil: So does Joy Behar.
Man bag, murse, messenger bag, satchel, European man bag…
I interviewed a co-worker about his man bag for this post and he explained the contents:  leatherman, grooming tools, mints, whatever else is needed for the day.  BUT, he said, “my wallet will never be in my man bag, because then it turns into a purse. “ Ha.  I told him I’d be quoting him on that.
It seems that toting man bags are more widely being accepted.  However, we all know the South isn’t known for being on the cutting edge of the latest trends.  I recently overhead a conversation in which a few guys were giving their male friend a hard time about his man bag, but why?  I know it isn’t traditionally part of the masculine gender role, but to put it eloquently, who gives a crap?  AND it is a far better choice than wearing cargo pants or carrying an old man’s briefcase.
The more traditional style man bags these days are in the messenger style as seen in photo 1.  More recently, especially on celebrities, I see guys with top handle bags and shoulder bags—see photo 2.  They are somewhat similar to small duffle bags or a beach bag, but they can come very close to a purse.  For fun and giggles I included a photo 3 of a Carhartt bag…because I can totally picture the same dude that wears Carhartt overalls and work boots also sporting a man bag. J 
Guys, what do you think about other dudes wearing man bags?  Do you own one?
Ladies, do you find it particularly attractive or unattractive?

*Corey Lauren is a full-time fashionista with 12 years of retail experience. Her company, Corey Lauren, manages wardrobes for those in need of style interventions.

  • SL

    I was a lifeguard for 8 summers (get a real job, right?) and I had a friend/coworker that would bring a man-bag to work.  Now this was 1999-2006, definitely way before the time of occasional man-bag sightings, so he got a lot of crap for it, but we couldn’t really argue the fact that they did/do serve a purpose.  I mean, where else was he going to put all of the things that were going to help him survive a 8-10hr day at the pool in Arkansas, in July???  I think I remember his “satchel” containing a couple of books, music cds, a sandwich, maybe a bag of chips, a redbull, his swimsuit, sunscreen, and goggles to swim laps on the breaks.   I never saw him pull his wallet out of it….

    I say, for what it’s worth, which is not much, BRING ON THE MANBAGS!!!

    I think it has to depend on the situation.  I wouldn’t think twice if someone carried one to work or on a trip, but I might think it was odd/not necessary for someone to drag one in to the bar.  I would hate for my bench/table/bar space to be cluttered with phones, clutches, hobos, AND manbags….  I guess that’s where I draw the line.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/BradleyPhillips Bradley Phillips

    The only time I can justify this is if I’m carrying a computer with me. I keep my old backpack from college if I need to carry things for a day trip in a car. Although I kind of want to be able to carry one, I just cant bring myself to do it.

  • Kash

    Personally I’m not a big fan of man bags but I do see how it serves a purpose, that is, if you live in a big “commuter” city or if your homeless. If you live in Midtown and work on the Upper East Side and have to meet friends in Brooklyn afterwards a long commute home to change and freshen up might not be an option. Given the time, travel and situation a man bag just might be your best friend. On the other hand if you live in Stift Station and work at Starbucks on University and have to go to Moose Cleaners afterwards to pick up your skinny jeans you don’t need a man bag you need a reality check. To some moving here from places like Clinton, Hamburg Brinkley etc.. Little Rock is the metropolis they always dreamed of and these ruralites couldn’t wait to look the part of a big city dweller so armed with a GPS(because Markham and Cantrell are hard to find) and a man bag these progressive and very trendy people from Hazzard County plan to take this city by storm and be the first to set the trend in their new city. The only thing left now is to actually move there.

  • http://twitter.com/BradleyPhillips Bradley Phillips

     Oh my God. Please write for us.

  • corey

    I’m sure he would :)