While Louis Vuitton’s women’s business has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons, the men’s side has been humming along quite nicely in the hands of creative director Kim Jones. Jones’ has done a great deal in his relatively short tenure at the brand to make the men’s line distinctive, including creating its own logo of sorts. For Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2015, Jones continued to build on that foundation. (more…)

This past Saturday marked the official beginning of summer, according to nature, although the rest of us have been enjoying warm weather and leaving the office a little early on Fridays for weeks now. I celebrated this scientific designation by heading to the beach for a day, but if I were to turn a trip like that into a long weekend, I’d want the Herschel Malibu Collection Novel Duffel at my side. (more…)

Father’s Day is this weekend, which might be a surprise to you because shopping sites don’t remind you of it nearly as much as they do Mother’s Day, unless you’re a frequenter of the Home Depot site. I’m not, mostly because I have nowhere to store a ride-on lawn tractor (and I don’t have a lawn), but somehow, I’ve managed not only to remember, but come up with the perfect dad bag gift: the Coach Bleecker Bar Stripe Day Tote. Hear me out on this.

To me, the perfect dad gift has to strike a balance. You have to get him something that has a practical use, but also something that he might not necessarily think to buy for himself. A fashionable-but-functional bag sits firmly in that category, and although leather stripes might be a little out there for traditionalists, this bag has a lot of promising Cool Dad characteristics.

First, it’s big enough to be regarded as luggage of sorts, which might make bag-resistant dads feel a little better about carrying it. Second, it’s got two handle options – totally practical. Third, the blue/brown/tan colorway is absolutely dad-approved, even in conservative households. The styling might be a little bit modern, but someone’s gotta usher pops into the 21st century. If he’s already conquered the iPhone, here’s his next opportunity.

Buy through Coach for $698.

We’ve scoured the web for the best handbag deals at this spring’s designer sales, but that doesn’t mean that the markdowns are for ladies only. The selection at the men’s sales might not be quite as wide, but there are still some great bags to be had. We’ve assembled a selection of our favorites below. (more…)

When Marc Jacobs stepped down for his spot atop Louis Vuitton in October 2013, it confirmed rumors that had been swirling for months; not only was Jacobs’ 16-year reign at the top of the world’s biggest luxury leather goods brand over, but it was ending so that Jacobs could expand his eponymous brand, perhaps in advance of an IPO. The Marc Jacobs Leather Duffel is a strong indication that the men’s market is among Jacobs’ first expansion targets. (more…)

In fashion, spotting something twice can be a coincidence, but once you’ve seen a similar piece three times, from three different brands, you can bet that you have a trend (or, at the very least, a trendlet) on your hands. It took no time at all for me to round up the three floral backpacks above, so you best believe that designers are looking to make dudes a little more flower-friendly for spring.

Average guys probably have a little bit of trepidation when it comes to strapping on a bag made out of a garden-party print, but these designers aren’t making bags for average guys. Fashion-forward men have been experimenting with florals for many a season, and the trend continues to gather momentum. Spring is the perfect time to step a little bit out of your comfort zone, and these three bags all ring in at somewhat reasonable prices.


AMI Floral Print Canvas Backpack
$344 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

AMI Floral Print Canvas Backpack

Herschel Classic Settlement Backpack
$55 via Bloomingdale’s

Herschel Classic Settlement Backpack

Surface to Air Aloha Print Backpack
$300 via SSENSE

Surface to Air Aloha Print Backpack

Louis Vuitton’s much-publicized move away from its iconic monogram canvas has resulted in two accessories biproducts: more leather and exotic handbags and more Damier handbags. With the introduction of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Men’s Damier Bags, both are now available together. (more…)

We’ve talked previously about menswear’s recent, vibrant facelift, especially when it comes to the accessory market’s various printed and patterned bags. Designers have gone beyond the traditional stripes and plaids that are often associated with menswear, and these new choices indicate an edgier and more androgynous approach. To continue with this list, we have the signature Givenchy rose camouflage print in the form of a simple nylon backpack.

Givenchy’s floral pattern is a spring must-have in womenswear, and because Givenchy tends to play fast and loose with the distinctions between its men’s and women’s lines, it was only a matter of time before this print arrived in the men’s collection. For all the men who like to make a great street style impression, you won’t go unnoticed with this flamboyant accessory. I would definitely steal this bag from my guy friends.

Buy your Givenchy Floral Backpack through Bergdorf Goodman for $1,125.

Tomorrow, I set off for a week in Georgia to visit my family and attend my college’s spring football scrimmage, so I’ve been thinking a lot about travel bags in lieu of, you know, actually packing a travel bag. They’re the unsung heroes of the leather goods industry – they do a lot of work, and none of it is in optimal conditions, no matter how many ads leather goods brands show us that depict beautiful Italian men loading immaculate weekenders into the back seats of vintage convertibles.

In a practical sense, the Ben Minkoff Oversized Weekender might offer the best of both worlds at the best price you’ll find for a full leather bag of this size. Saffiano is among the most durable leathers you’ll find, and the largely black colorway, reinforced corners and multiple carry options will help resist wear. Based on its scale relative to the model in East Dane’s product pictures, it’d easily hold enough to cover your needs for a long weekend trip, and for a lengthier travel time, it’d make a solid carry-on. For less than $500, you can’t ask for much more. Buy through East Dane for $450.

It’s officially spring, even if it doesn’t feel like it, and with the eventually warmer weather comes the promise of travel. A good weekender or duffel is a universal necessity for both men and women, and the Lotuff Leather Travel Duffel Bag is an attractive, somewhat reasonably priced, American-made option that we can picture accompanying us on many a summer trip.

Lotuff Leather isn’t a big brand, but sometimes going beyond the known names and exploring independent designers and manufacturers can pay dividends. This simple, traditional bag is made in entirely in New England by experienced artisans, which gives the piece a sense of place and history that a more mass-produced bag might not have.

While the price ($1,050) is still not tiny, it’s also not as expensive as similar pieces of the same size and fabrication often are. If you want a weekend bag that will result in envious inquiries from your friends (and that will let you brag about finding a well-made American manufacturer), this is the bag for you. Buy through East Dane for $1,050.

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