If you’re in the New York City area, then you know that this weekend was positively magical, weather-wise. The mornings held that first note of fall crispness, and although it got warmer in the afternoons, you could wear pants without sweating through them. It was perfect, and it had me thinking immediately of the rich textures that come with fall dressing. That’s true for men, too, which is why we’re loving the Valextra Suede Messenger Bag this week.
I didn’t realize how few suede men’s bags I encounter until I saw this one. Valextra, too, doesn’t do a lot of suede – the Italian brand is widely known for its ultra-fine leather in simple, conservative shapes, and for the brand, suede seems almost aggressively casual. In this rich brown, just a few shades darker than tan, though, it looks like something a long-tenured and oft-published professor of literature might carry. A stately man with a refined life, but one of tweedy British blazers instead of Italian suits.
For men younger or slicker than that, it’s perhaps wise to stick to the materials and textiles more commonly found in men’s accessories – smooth leather and canvas, treated or untreated. If you or the man in your life own a blazer with elbow patches, though, I’ve found your ultimate man bag. Thank me later. Buy through Mr. Porter for $3,270.