Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Messenger Bag, $480 via Mr. Porter

The resistance to man bags that I most often hear from my straight male friends is that they’re too feminine and too expensive. I think that the “feminine” thing is totally BS – no one’s suggesting that a dude carry a purse, and stereotypically masculine options abound for anyone who’s concerned. Men have carried bags for ages, this isn’t some kind of new metrosexual trend we have here.

The price-consciousness, however, makes a little more sense. Most men aren’t used to the price levels of luxury goods, which is why the Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Messenger Bag is the focus of this week’s Man Bag Monday. With a non-fussy design and a price that rings up under $500, it’s the perfect gift choice for the boyfriend or husband who’s new to the accessories world.

$500 seems to be something of a psychological tipping point. Even men who are only passingly interested in what they wear can likely understand why a sizable, well-made leather bag that will weather daily use costs a few hundred dollars. This Marc by Marc Jacobs piece is neutral and modern without being obviously “designed” or too fashion-forward for men who might be experiencing some man bag trepidation; the brand marking is small and tonal, as is the hardware.

Not only that, but this design is fairly ageless. It has a note of youth to it, but it’s not so pronounced that a man well in to middle age couldn’t carry it without looking like a striver. With a reasonable price point and such a strong look, I can only wish that more MbMJ women’s bags were this well done. Buy through Mr. Porter for $480.

  • Kat

    That’s a really, really good man-bag! The leather looks yummy and I like that there are two options in carrying it. I’d snap this up if I were a guy.

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  • kevin kim

    i have this bag in a custom variation and i freggin love it.
    mine does not have the emblem on the lower front lip nor is it the same color and leather.
    it sits up properly and the handles don’t lose its shape

    went to louis vuitton the other day and put it down for a sec and
    a clerk picked it up and attempted to put it on one of their display shelves,

    sometimes when you go to marc jacobs they will have a few variations of the bags in different leathers… choose wisely.

  • Jackie Ellis

    Personally.. I think a man carring a bag like this is HOT ;)

  • tex

    “Men have carried bags for ages.” Thank you, Amanda! Now let’s tell that to all the women saying they can’t see a man carrying a bag or that these bags are murses or that men should not be carrying bags. Bags have existed long before the term “murses” came about. I personally think it is because of these women’s comments that men have issue with carrying a bag. From where I am from, all men carry bags because of need. But since I have moved to the States, these comments made by these women makes me wonder if freedom really is a reality in the States. I don’t hear men telling women they should not carry a men’s wallet or a men’s briefcase, but I sure hear many women telling men not to carry bags even when the bag was designed for the men’s line (Vlad’s photo of the man carrying a Coach flight bag on a motorcycle, Nick Jonas carrying a Louis Vuitton messenger bag coming out of a shop, etc.) Men are called “closet homosexual” or they must have taken the bag from their mother’s closet when they are spotted carrying bag. What’s up with that?

  • mochababe73

    I like the bag. This is something that my husband would actually carry.
    With all due respect, my husband looks at some of the bags on Man Bag Monday and find them too feminine. I don’t say anything. He is completely capable of forming his own opinions. When a supposed man bag looks like a bag that I actually own, of course he’s not going to want it. When we go to leather shops, it’s the same thing. MOST men don’t want to carry a bag that looks like a handbag. It has nothing to do with closet homosexual. It has to do with personal preference.
    And, to be honest, I don’t want my husband and I to both have to carry something that looks like a handbag. Our wallets can’t afford it. LOL!

    • tex

      Don’t you think it is ironic that handbags evolved from bags carried by men in the past? Do you really think it is from personal taste or from the fear of being associated as feminine when a man carries a bag? Case in point, the beer commercial that ridicule the man who carries a messenger bag/computer bag in the bar by the female bartender. I agree that men are capable of forming their opinions, but my point is their opinions are influenced by the views expressed by women in their society. The reason many of the man bags look like handbag is because the handbag basic designs originated from man bags.

  • Jai

    Actually , I ( 200 % girl ) would carry this bag. I really like it

  • AW

    Actually I quite like this and agree with Jai- I would carry this myself or steal it from my guy. The leather looks lovely and it’s grungey in a workmanlike way