How to Choose a Man Bag

It is unthinkable for many women to go out without their precious bag. For men, it’s more complicated: we are not used to having hands made all day long. It is rooted in morals, a man is not intended to have a bag.

Yet it is handy and democratizes, feeding from day to day of testosterone. So rest assured right now, we do not ask you to wear it on the cubital fossa1 as Samantha Jones2But rather to tame this accessory is that we frankly needed also.3

Let’s see what are the easiest models of bags for men to wear and mistakes to avoid. As usual, find our selection of best brands of bags for men at the end of the article!

Can a man carry a bag?

The real question is “Do we really need a bag?”. First we can take it as an accessory that will bring the final touch to a look, but it also has a real value!

It allows easier transport your belongings (wallet, papers, books, water bottle, sunglasses, etc.), without deforming your pockets or risk losing something.

A bag he has a place in a man held?

Absolutely! A bag can have the same role a pair of boots or a leather jacket. Many men block when it comes to wear and when they are at the edge of the cliff, many of them use… a gym bag! Or these mini bags absolutely assumed that provide the opposite effect to that intended, namely to one side “teen” to the outfit.

Reminder: what are the criteria for a quality bag?

You do not change the good habits, the first thing to observe is the material . Looking for a beautiful leather, thick enough, taking good light. Ditto for the canvas: a poor quality material may tear to wear.

Observe also the supplies used : strength zippers and other fasteners, metal inserts linking hanses the body of the bag …

Finally, the finishes. For example, ensure that the edges are clean4. Not to mention the lining used, the attention to interior pockets, the thickness of the wire or the regularity of points. In this case, the must remains the saddle point, the seam does not give if the thread breaks, because every point is actually a node.

Which material?

A bag should first be solid. The first thing you need to think is: “Does he hold out one charge?”.If you are city dwellers, choose a thick fabric or leather. The perfect example is the Filson. This bag is practically indestructible, he skates well over the years and is very durable.

For the canvas, then choose repellent ideally: it is always unpleasant to find its effects soaked at the end of a rainy day. If you are in the dressier styles, a full-grain leather is perfect time to embellish.

Plastics are to be avoided, they will not hold the shot and give a teen style (the you understand). The rather vulgar leather, too weathered ribbed or too well. Again, it is important to choose a bag that will accompany you a long time because this accessory is timeless.

For a leather bag, count about 300 euros for a quality model. Below, the skin will be of poor quality and it immediately notice.

What type of man bag choose?

There are several types of bags to meet the needs of each (logical). You’ll understand the format of a bag varies according to your daily and use as you want to do. There is no magic formula that will allow you to carry a single bag for all your actions.

The bag 24

This is the basic bag, big enough to put a computer, but not much more. It is suitable for everyday use, convenient to the city. Found in in many different forms.

This is a handy bag when you have clothes to carry, as your sports equipment or light jacket in case the weather turns cold.

The bag 48 (bag or “weekend”)

Similarly the 24, the 48 possible to take two days without going home Mom. This bag for mobile must be practical: it can contain many objects without cluttering you, unlike a sports bag.

It can remain elegant if you take simple and beautiful materials (leather and cotton canvas, for example), but also by its male larger size. This is the ideal bag weekend with pals.

This is the format we recommend by default. And this is great, this is the one that you come across often.

The tote bag (aka the tote)

This bag is the most controversial in the world  menswear, simply because its deconstructed and lightweight appearance reminds many lines of bags for women.

Well worn, it is rather elegant, and especially handy. It’s a bit the ideal bag for a casual outing town when the briefcase is too formal and 24 bag too big for a few hours of walking.

It is often seen worn in summer, because usually made of canvas.

Surprisingly, there was a curious paradox in this type of bag originally reserved for women. Its construction very simple and stripped lines, very simple, made a great challenge for some brands workwear as Filson or Thrux Lawrence in the “masculinizing” with thick leather straps, cotton canvas well workwear and even in selvedge using the Internet!

The curious will go take a peek at the site selection of Heddels tote bag . In France, we like the tote bag of heating Blue .

Wallet for man

Feature more casual outfits, it will leave your hands free in transportation and instead has a good face. If you pull the thirties and to avoid having the air of a student who carries his course,pay attention to the matter: no cloth or polyester. A beautiful plunged lambskin, rich and smooth, will be much better effect.

But I put a huge damper on wearing a shoulder bag with a blazer or coat with structured shoulders. Indeed, the friction of the strap and the weight of the bag tend to maliciously (and irreversibly) distort the padding on the shoulder (= padding) and at the end, you have a damn jacket because of a drooping shoulder …

In contrast, looks with pieces without padding the shoulders (bomber, parka, denim jacket), this is a great bag!

The backpack

The backpack is often ignored by adults and idolized by teenagers, which points to its practicality. You can accommodate all your belongings while phoning and enjoying a lemon sorbet. You just make the right choice.

In recent years, he made a comeback and became an object where technology and design blend harmoniously. The heading “backpack” of Carryology great site is incredibly useful and well stocked, that’s where I would go if I wanted to buy a backpack tomorrow.

Again, avoid the teen style by wearing polyester bags in bright colors – unless you have a decidedly style streetwear and you know what you are doing. Moreover, the vintage designs work very well when you exceed 30 years (yes, difficult to continue wearing a backpack Eastpak, unless this is a special series …).

The briefcase

The favorite bag of businessmen. It is now produced in any number of ways but often bad. As costume, this accessory has entered the codes and is often chosen by default. “”

Break the code! Which requires you to have a lousy bag to go to work? In seeking a minimum, you can easily find a tasteful alternative. So avoid the huge flaps to Mr. Pignon and hook fasteners, which make you fall into the cliché of the math teacher 30s Model 256 home Filson became cult is a good example of simple design, robust and timeless.

The Portfolio

The most distinguished form, but also the most cumbersome of the family bags. With no handles, it is doing with the whole hand.

The choice of material is crucial: the plastic does not take the blow and would lose the room all its allure. It is a type became fashionable, we have seen much of the Pitti, but the total absence of any loop can make its harbor painful or annoying. Especially if you plan to walk a lot in a day, such as during a trade show for example.

Note that this type of bag is very rare in women. It is one that has made the most masculine to the point that some tactical equipment brands such as Magpul even fun to propose .

The bag models for men to avoid

The briefcase (Papi)

For the reasons mentioned above (briefcase), it is forbidden to carry a bag that way, especially if you have only 20 years old and you go to your first job.

The micro satchel slung

We see a lot in the street, this is obviously not why we must imitate this style. Certainly, it is handy to accommodate its GSM and wallet but may take away some of your manhood. This is not the top of elegance because of its disproportion.

Think of the pockets clothing optional type cargo pants or jacket Saharan!

Sports bag

To transport your clothes when you go to sleep at Tata? No. Do not use this type of bag. Firstly because it often smells bad and the gym bag, it is only to go to sport! This is a very bad reflex that men are increasingly adopting more. It will not be difficult to tell you.

What color to choose a bag?

Surprisingly, this is the question that continues to concern many people. It’s simple: any! The brown leather is the most versatile , but you can also let you entirely on color if the leather is beautiful. However, some shades better stick to certain styles.

The colors that we sometimes think the least can prove to be excellent choices (eg sand, gray, blue oil).

  • The city / adventurer style: choose colors rather simple, sweet, that blend into the mass without being sad. The sand tones, khaki, cream, gray, blue, brown are safe bets.
  • Street style / student: you can let the bright colors, this is what sustains this style. For backpacks, avoid brands too mainstream , there are young designers that offer vivid colors on bags of very good quality.
  • The dress style in BonneGueule we prefer brown to black, but do not set it aside insofar as it is a color that you know well and you have many formal shoes in that color.

Franck, founder of éclectic, had given me a very fair point: in the high end, it is very hard to find beautiful designs that is not all leather, brown or black, with bright metalwork. Look at the Mr Porter bags page, it is very telling.

Unfortunately, there are very few brands like éclectic exploring other materials as leather, in blue or gray, and unexpected materials such as Cordura, in elegant lines. It’s too bad.

Personally, I like to choose bags that include several simple tones corresponding to the dominant colors in my wardrobe, and a stronger color to energize the room (which remains an accessory after all).

Where to find a good bag for man and for what price?

Avoid bags of Zara or Mango kind man who will make you a season. Dare to spend more for a piece that will last 15 years (the average length of a good bag) rather than buying a low-end bag every year. If you do not have the budget to buy immediately a beautiful leather bag, take the canvas, even to save for later.

As with all products, you can find bags for all budgets.

The entry-level, opt for backpacks

It’s a risk to take if you do not have much budget. But you can find backpacks canvas rather well built, it is the only effective piece for a relatively low price. For the rest, go your way.

48h design have increasingly worked in large stores, but regarding robustness, it is a different story. The straps often break under the weight of your laptop (I speak knowingly).

Our selection of best brands entry-bags:

  • Herschel: many choices of canvas models, style is very streetwear and reserved for a public rather young. Have less than 100 euros.
  • Faguo: we find all models, canvas also, and always less than 100 euros. The bag will not last you 10 years but it’s a good compromise for the entry.
  • Sanqvist: backpacks between 100 and 200 euros. One of the best choices in the entry.
  • Qwstion: different models of canvas tote around 100/200 euros. For the price, the quality is more than correct and they are strong.

Many bag models in mid-range

Here is the right solution, you will find more refined bags, better worked, with noble materials, for an affordable price. Beware of big names such as on-marketées Sandro Kooples and others who will offer very expensive for poor quality products.

Orient yourself to young designers or specialists like Best Friend, you are guaranteed to never be disappointed. This is a market where we see bloom very pretty French brands, with a fair and honest approach: the designs are interesting, the following quality. Much support 🙂

Our selection of good brands bags midrange:

  • Leo and Violet: one of the best quality / price for sober and elegant leather bags. Expect to pay about 250 euros.
  • ALMARE: good brand of travel bags sleek and stylish design. The fabric is of high quality (cotton canvas). Around 300 euros.
  • Qwstion: different models of canvas tote around 100/200 euros. For the price, the quality is more than correct and they are strong.

Many bag models in mid-range

Here is the right solution, you will find more refined bags, better worked, with noble materials, for an affordable price. Beware of big names such as on-marketées Sandro Kooples and others who will offer very expensive for poor quality products.

Orient yourself to young designers or specialists like Best Friend, you are guaranteed to never be disappointed. This is a market where we see bloom very pretty French brands, with a fair and honest approach: the designs are interesting, the following quality. Much support 🙂

Our selection of good brands bags midrange:

  • Leo and Violet: one of the best quality / price for sober and elegant leather bags. Expect to pay about 250 euros.
  • ALMARE: good brand of travel bags sleek and stylish design. The fabric is of high quality (cotton canvas). Around 300 euros.
  • Leon Flam: bags inspired by the golden age of aviation, a lot of choices in colors and quality tailoring. From 165 to 450 euros.
  • Heating blue: lots of choice of models to design workwear. The leather is of excellent quality and a patina over time. Count between 200 and 300 euros.
  • L’Aiglon: offers very strong and functional bags with high quality leather. Their design reserve rather for professional use. Around 300/400 euros.
  • Filson: big bags reference to US style  workwear, including canvas, among the strongest on the market. The price range is very wide.

For upscale, attention to too luxury bags

For large budgets, avoid stores that offer bags monogrammed logos (but talking we?) Or, in general, all luxury bags you find the arms of tourists in front of the Galeries Lafayette. You should know that the margin of the big names is huge, especially leather goods.

But there are no secrets, a beautiful bag with a beautiful material, whose real durable leather is at least € 300-400. You can not cheat on the strength of seams and material.

You just have to make your choice!

Our selection of best brands of premium bags:

  • Army Workshop: The brand reinterprets the military world through his bags. From 300 euros.
  • Calabrese 1924: beautiful leather travel bags. Around 500 euros.
  • Eclectic: bags with beautiful and very elaborate designs. In this price range, this is by far the most beautiful bags that you can find both the detail goes away (zips Raccagni are galvanized for example). Expect more than 600 euros, but you will not get better for the price.
  • Dajczman: bags of excellent craftsmanship built to last a lifetime. Also, a custom-made service. Expect more than 1 500 euros.