There isn’t as much variety or innovative design in the world of men’s bags as in women’s, but there is one important realm in which the boys have one over on us: price. Male consumers are not as desensitized to accessories prices as women are, plus their bags are often simpler and have less hardware, which means that men often get a noticeable break when it comes to the markups we’re all used to.
For example, you won’t be finding any handmade leather bags for less than $300 on Net-a-Porter, but there’s an option that fits that description at the company’s male counterpart, Mr. Porter. As it turns out, there are a lot of great options in a similar price range, so I’ve wrangled three of the best everyday man bags into a single post that might make a few bagless men reconsider their options.
Handmade out of incredibly soft nappa leather, little bits of bright orange trim for a sporty feel, less than $300? The Bill Amberg Nappa Leather Messenger is where it’s at, you guys. Buy through Mr. Porter for $260.
If your man would rather go with a look that’s more fashion-preppy than athletic, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Messenger has a great look to match its great price. Buy through Mr. Porter for $450.
And of course, old reliable. The Jack Spade Mill Leather Field Messenger is the prototypical man bag, acceptable even to dudes who don’t really want to carry anything, and it comes at a very reasonable price point. Buy through Jack Spade for $375.