First of all, the name of the Westbrook XO Barneys New York x Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kastrup Backpack is absurdly long. It has a lot to tell us, for sure, but it’s choosing to convey all that information in a really convoluted way, and it’s making this very simple, modern backpack seem complicated. It’s not! But in case this is the first you’re hearing about Barneys’ latest menswear collaboration, allow me to explain. (more…)

It’s not that men have more functional needs that women (not by a long shot); often, it’s that they prioritize them far above aesthetics, because that’s what they’ve been socialized to do, and that’s why their bags are designed differently. The Rag & Bone Canvas Herringbone Messenger Bag is all substance, with just enough style to finish it off.

The main thing that attracts me to this bag is that even though it looks like it’s made out of a tweedy textile, the material is actually canvas. That means it’s going to be lightweight and appropriate to carry all year, but it still has that distinguished, old school look.

The bag itself is exactly what you’d expect for a messenger priced under $400, but it does have that note of slightly industrial, slightly minimalist Rag & Bone magic to it. The brand excels at making the best versions of everyday basics, and this is up there. Buy through Barneys for $395.

Canvas is a tricky textile. It’s perfect for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable, which can matter even in accessories when it’s so hot out that the idea of having anything heavy or warm touching your body is too much to bear. On the flip side, it can also look inappropriately casual or, at worst, totally sloppy. The Hermès Vintage Buenaventura Briefcase, thankfully, has none of those problems.

This piece, sourced by East Dane through famous vintage purveyors What Goes Around Comes Around, is the perfect summer bag for a professional man working in a corporate environment. The Buenaventura style is much more common in a messenger variant, which is more casual, but this well-tailored shape keeps the look formal.

If it tickles your fancy, pick up this black-on-black charmer via East Dane for $2,455.

While Louis Vuitton’s women’s business has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons, the men’s side has been humming along quite nicely in the hands of creative director Kim Jones. Jones’ has done a great deal in his relatively short tenure at the brand to make the men’s line distinctive, including creating its own logo of sorts. For Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2015, Jones continued to build on that foundation. (more…)

This past Saturday marked the official beginning of summer, according to nature, although the rest of us have been enjoying warm weather and leaving the office a little early on Fridays for weeks now. I celebrated this scientific designation by heading to the beach for a day, but if I were to turn a trip like that into a long weekend, I’d want the Herschel Malibu Collection Novel Duffel at my side. (more…)

Father’s Day is this weekend, which might be a surprise to you because shopping sites don’t remind you of it nearly as much as they do Mother’s Day, unless you’re a frequenter of the Home Depot site. I’m not, mostly because I have nowhere to store a ride-on lawn tractor (and I don’t have a lawn), but somehow, I’ve managed not only to remember, but come up with the perfect dad bag gift: the Coach Bleecker Bar Stripe Day Tote. Hear me out on this.

To me, the perfect dad gift has to strike a balance. You have to get him something that has a practical use, but also something that he might not necessarily think to buy for himself. A fashionable-but-functional bag sits firmly in that category, and although leather stripes might be a little out there for traditionalists, this bag has a lot of promising Cool Dad characteristics.

First, it’s big enough to be regarded as luggage of sorts, which might make bag-resistant dads feel a little better about carrying it. Second, it’s got two handle options – totally practical. Third, the blue/brown/tan colorway is absolutely dad-approved, even in conservative households. The styling might be a little bit modern, but someone’s gotta usher pops into the 21st century. If he’s already conquered the iPhone, here’s his next opportunity.

Buy through Coach for $698.

We’ve scoured the web for the best handbag deals at this spring’s designer sales, but that doesn’t mean that the markdowns are for ladies only. The selection at the men’s sales might not be quite as wide, but there are still some great bags to be had. We’ve assembled a selection of our favorites below. (more…)

When Marc Jacobs stepped down for his spot atop Louis Vuitton in October 2013, it confirmed rumors that had been swirling for months; not only was Jacobs’ 16-year reign at the top of the world’s biggest luxury leather goods brand over, but it was ending so that Jacobs could expand his eponymous brand, perhaps in advance of an IPO. The Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel is a strong indication that the men’s market is among Jacobs’ first expansion targets. (more…)

In fashion, spotting something twice can be a coincidence, but once you’ve seen a similar piece three times, from three different brands, you can bet that you have a trend (or, at the very least, a trendlet) on your hands. It took no time at all for me to round up the three floral backpacks above, so you best believe that designers are looking to make dudes a little more flower-friendly for spring.

Average guys probably have a little bit of trepidation when it comes to strapping on a bag made out of a garden-party print, but these designers aren’t making bags for average guys. Fashion-forward men have been experimenting with florals for many a season, and the trend continues to gather momentum. Spring is the perfect time to step a little bit out of your comfort zone, and these three bags all ring in at somewhat reasonable prices.


AMI Floral Print Canvas Backpack
$344 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

AMI Floral Print Canvas Backpack

Herschel Classic Settlement Backpack
$55 via Bloomingdale’s

Herschel Classic Settlement Backpack

Surface to Air Aloha Print Backpack
$300 via SSENSE

Surface to Air Aloha Print Backpack

Louis Vuitton’s much-publicized move away from its iconic monogram canvas has resulted in two accessories biproducts: more leather and exotic handbags and more Damier handbags. With the introduction of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Men’s Damier Bags, both are now available together. (more…)

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