Menswear is a world which thrives on the new, the novel and the next big thing. But, as any man who lives outside of the style pages of magazines and websites knows, there are some purchases which must keep their appeal, those which cannot be settled on carelessly to be later relegated to the depths of the wardrobe when the honeymoon period is over. While becoming fatigued by a pair of jeans feels fairly inconsequential, when it comes to choosing a bag most men are looking for a much more meaningful relationship.
The perfect men's bag must perform a careful balancing act. It must be spacious, but not excessively roomy. It must be lightweight yet robust. It must be stylish but not too seasonal. It must be visually arresting but subdued enough to wear with practically anything. As purchases go, the stakes are high. On the other hand, once in possession of the perfect bag you’ll be able to carry it with you from year to year, and with the right amount of care it should only get better with age.
Naturally, you need to like the way a bag looks if you’re going to invest in it. This shouldn’t be your first consideration though. What will be your bag’s main use? How often will you use it? And, sartorially speaking, what kind of man are you? Once you can answer these questions, the task of choosing the right bag should be much more straightforward.
This season the designs of our men's bags have been informed by the needs and the tastes of the men who we envisage using each one. From the folio to the holdall, below we guide you through some of our most important bag shapes and show you how to carry each one off in style.