I’ve always loved Balenciaga‘s motorcycle bags for men, but I always hear the same criticism of them from dudes, gay or straight, who are concerned about looking masculine – they look too much like the women’s bags to be distinctly male. And really, that’s fair – there have been times when I’ve questioned whether a particular shape belonged to the men’s or women’s collection, and with Balenciaga’s signature grommets, buckles and zippers on everything, it’s genuinely hard to tell what’s what.
It looks as though Balenciaga has heard those concerns loud and clear, at least if the Balenciaga Wide Leather Messenger is any indication. That’s why it’s the subject of this week’s Man Bag Monday – this bag keeps the Balencaiga feel but adds a healthy dose of masculinity for regular dudes who want a nice bag. (Or for fashionable ladies who want to treat their regular dude to something special.)
Naturally, you all recognize the dual Balenciaga grommets that sit at the edge of this messenger’s front flap. Without the familiar buckles and zippers underneath and at the corners, though, the grommets don’t scream “Balenciaga purse” as much as the brand’s other men’s designs. Instead, the small bit of branding lends a subtle Balenciaga touch to what is otherwise a fairly rugged-looking but still totally luxurious men’s day bag. As is usually the case with men’s bags, it’s also considerably lower-priced than a Balenciaga women’s bag of a similar size would be. Buy through Mr. Porter for $1395.