For a long time, I wondered why Alexander Wang didn’t do men’s bags. Wang’s dark, industrial, ultra-cool aesthetic is patently unisex, and bags have always been a great success for the brand. Many of Wang’s larger women’s bags have been favorites of fashionable dudes for a long time, and when there’s a clear market, a smart company tries to fill it. Alexander Wang, as a brand, is nothing if not growth-savvy.
Enter the Alexander Wang Wallie Holdall, which is among Wang’s first men’s efforts. It’s exactly what you would expect – black leather, slouchy shape, minimal hardware for the men’s market – which is kind of perfect. Launching a new line requires fleshing out the basics, and this design is as good an attempt at that as you’ll find.
At first the price seemed a little high to me – $1250, whereas almost all of Wang’s women’s bags are well below $1000 – but at 20 inches wide, this is a genuine travel bag. It would be perfect as a carry on or for a weekend trip, and if the leather is as thick and chewy as it looks in this photo, then the price doesn’t seem quite so at odds with the brand’s normal retail structure. I’d still like to see it a bit lower – men’s bags are usually more reasonably priced than women’s, and part of Wang’s appeal has been his relatively attainable price point. We’ll have to wait and see whether the men’s bags perform, I suppose, but there’s no aesthetic reason that they should. Buy through Mr. Porter for $1250.