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It’s always Fashion Week somewhere. Resort shows are barely done, but last week, the menswear world was traversing Europe, debuting Spring 2016 styles left and right. Most men’s shows don’t put much of an emphasis on accessories, but there is one very notable exception: Louis Vuitton.

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Your dad or husband might not exactly be a clothes horse, but in my experience, few men are immune to the charms of something nice once they have it. That makes Father’s Day (this Sunday–don’t forget!) the perfect opportunity to shine up someone’s wardrobe a little bit, and because the menswear market has expanded so much over the past few years, there are plenty of ways to do it, from simple and subtle to expensive and grand.

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While we all sit under a blizzard in New York, a lot has been happening in Paris. Couture shows just started, and immediately before them, the world’s biggest menswear brands opened the Fall 2015 show season. One of the last shows on the schedule was Louis Vuitton, and under the guidance of men’s creative director Kim Jones, the brand’s iconic monogram canvas has made a comeback.

Gifts for Men 2014

When you’re used to shopping for women’s fashion, buying a gift for your dad, brother, spouse or male friends can be a bit…deflating. Things are getting better in men’s fashion, but the colors, prints, materials and fabrications are still much more limited than those you’ll find for women.

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Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag

When you ride the New York subway every day at regular commuting hours, you see a lot of different kinds of bags; after all, New Yorkers can stow things in their cars during the day, and whatever we want to have from the time we leave in the morning until we get home at night has to be carried somewhere on our person.

Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase

It’s not often that I have the urge to refer to any bag as “jaunty,” let alone a men’s briefcase, but it’d be hard to argue that the Ted Baker Harlemm Mixed Leather Briefcase is anything other than that. It’s a traditional brief shape with a little bit of kick.

Floral Backpacks

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.

Neil Barrett Embossed Croc Tote

I don’t get fooled often. Not only is a sense for leather a biproduct of my job, but most brands that use embossed faux-exotics for their bags just don’t use very good ones. The differences between real and fake are most apparent when it comes to python, but usually crocodile and alligator are pretty easy to spot as well, even when the bag is very expensive.

Printed Man Bags

Outside the bounds of the most forward-thinking sectors in menswear, printed and patterned men’s bags, besides plaid, have long been basically nonexistent. Florals and leopard print are a tough enough sell in shirts, let alone in a bag that a dude might be expected to carry every day.

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