We tend to write mostly about expensive man bags for Man Bag Monday, which I suppose makes sense in the context of the rest of the things we tend to fawn over; the men’s luxury market is opening up in an exciting way right now, and it’s fun to explore that. For the average style-minded male consumer, though, I get the sense that four-figure bags aren’t the first stop for something stylish. (Besides the Louis Vuitton men’s customer, of course. Those dudes are dedicated, and more power to them.)
That’s where a store like J.Crew comes in. It’s accessible both physically and aesthetically to a wide range of men, and although it’s an elevated price point for many dudes, a $100-$300 men’s bag is a palatable intermediary between carrying something thoroughly average and breaking into the true luxury market, which many men both gay and straight still view as a bastion of only the most effete. The new J.Crew Abingdon Bags are particularly strong – casual, a bit rugged, but still refined and classic enough to warrant their price tags. Check out our favorite J.Crew Abingdon options, from backpacks to weekenders, after the jump.
J.Crew Abingdon Messenger Bag, $98 via J.Crew