A few days ago, we had the opportunity to explore the current Spring and future Fall collection by Ben Minkoff. In case you are not aware, Ben Minkoff is the name coined by Rebecca Minkoff for her men’s collection of bags and accessories.


The whole collection is said to be inspired by her grandfather’s heritage as a fighter pilot during World War II, blending vintage military elements and modern working class masculinity. Many of the bags are made of thick yet soft leather, which exudes resilience and ruggedness and will quickly grant the bags a worn look with little use. The canvas options are accented with solid leather straps and brushed brass hardware, contrast stitching finishes the look just right.

My personal favorite of the lot must be the Nicky Messenger Bag, particularly in the off-green leather version (displayed above). The long strap along with its wide strap pad give it a comfortable cross-body fit, easy-to-reach side pockets stash away your essentials, like a wallet or Crackberry. I prefer messenger bags over any other bag shapes, they are properly masculine and functionally instrumental for daily urban madness.

My only gripe with it is that I wish it was called the Clark, Grant, Magnus or Trevor. The name Nicky closely resembles the popular RM Nikki Hobo and doesn’t really give the tough vibe when thinking back at the courageous pilots in their P-51 Mustangs.

The collection is available via BenMinkoff.com.

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  • ninjaninja

    I love that yellow laptop case!

  • Joyce

    Now THIS is a man bag Monday! Loving all of these!

  • Erik

    LOVE IT!

  • 19yearslater

    I like the arrow logo.

  • lulugurl2006

    Love these bags! Heck I am a girl and I want one!

  • Mochababe73

    Another man bag collection that looks feminine. My man would never carry one of those.
    And, I want that bag in picture number 4.

  • Musette

    these are gorgeous!

  • Devora

    LOVE all bags but he would never carry any of these but I would

  • Norman Lee Boughman III

    The website isn’t working?

  • LDJ

    Would I be wrong for wanting to tote a man bag? Cuz the bag in that first pic is nice!!!!!

  • Staci

    I really love the Ben Minkoff collection! It’s rugged yet chic!

  • rose60610

    I went to the Ben Minkoff site to check prices. For the money these appear to be very nice messenger bags. I think they’re refined enough for a woman to carry without looking inappropriate.

  • Laurie

    I love these! Is it socially acceptable to carry a man-bag, as a woman? Not sure that I really care, I’ll probably do it anyway. I love man bag Monday!

  • CourtneyMc22

    Oh, I love this line!! I actually bought the Nicky messenger bag for my husband in the supple, chocolate leather from fall/winter collection. I’m not giving it to him until our 5year anniversary in June thou! :)

  • Perry Phalla

    I went on the Ben Minkoff website and their Justin Tote is a little close to Proenza Schouler’s Paperbag tote. Overall, I enjoyed this post.

  • MizzJ

    The yellow laptop case is pretty cute, but the other offerings are a bit plain.

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  • Cathy Fitz

    Love the Nicky Messenger Bag and could see myself carrying it. The rest are nice, but not too special.

  • chloehandbags

    I like the arrow motif.

    I may buy my partner one of the wallets, as he is pretty careless, so the fact it looks well worn already would be a good thing for my blood pressure, LOL!

  • batgirl416

    I’m loving this bag! I can definitely see myself wearing it, especially as a travel/work bag! Can a woman actually use this… is it not too masculine?

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