Women wear purses and men wear man bags. Man bags have always been on the scene, with its presence made known by virtue of suitcases, briefcases and messenger bags.
Man bags are typically worn on the shoulder as you would a regular handbag, across the shoulder similar to the style of a messenger bag or it can be carried like a shopping bag or tote bag, whichever triggers your fashion propensity.
Man bags are a uniform accessory among heavy travelers, casual drifters, and college students who prefer a more sophisticated alternate to the disheveled backpack/book bag look.
Man bags are now, for the most part, routinely trendy but this wasn’t always the case. With the instant surge of man bags (aka murses) these two previous season, including the outbreak on the Mulberry and Louis Vuitton runways, there was initially a bit of controversy surrounding the idea of a man carrying around a ‘purse’ as it was seen as effeminate.
Fast forward to the contemporary bilateral world of fashion, all but for the anti-industrial man, man bags are a dapper, convenient and un-conventional way to store important documents and work based items.
Man bags were a big hit for fall 2011, and expected to be a hit for the upcoming spring 2012 season under the focus of fashion insiders, and were spotted on runway shows for Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Marc Jacobs.
Here are a range of exquisite man bags that are high on the radar for the spring 2012 season…
Puma Drift Shoulder Bag $40.80 shoppuma.com
Ben Sherman Flight Bag $50 ebags.com
Fred Perry Shoulder Bag II $65 zappos.com
Ben Sherman Bag, Nylon Weekender $109 macys.com
Tumi Alpha Bravo Meyer Horizontal Slim Cross Body $175 ebag.com
Boss Black Denven Bag $206.50 bloomingdales.com
Jack Spade Industrial Canvas Dipped York Brief $245 saksfifthavenue.com
J.W. HULME Ramsey Day Tote $590 barneys.com
Mulberry Barnaby Chocolate Natural Leather $825 mulberry.com
Burberry Leather Crossbody Bag $895 saksfifthavenue.com
Gucci Duffle w/Web Accent, Black $1,198 neimanmarcus.com
Prada Weekender $1,400 prada.com