Mulberry Clipper Leather Holdall, $1495 via Mr. Porter

Every time I see the Mulberry Clipper Leather Holdall, I sigh a little bit. It’s both a happy and a sad sigh – happy because the bag is both functional and simply gorgeous, sad because I don’t have one in my closet right now. And if I did, I think I’d probably take it out to pet it every now and then, even if I weren’t planning on a weekend away.

But with a travel bag like this, I think I’d be motivated to take more trips, which is why I’ve chosen it for the week’s Man Bag Monday. That’s right, Mulberry technically categorizes this weekender as a bag for its male customers, but I think it’s clearly unisex. And because I’m the one with the blog-posting capabilities, what I say, goes around here.

As I’ve mentioned on previous Man Bag Mondays, those dual gender capabilities are always one of my favorite things about man bags. Not only do they provide men with a way to add a bit of luxury to their everyday activities without sacrificing masculinity (who doesn’t need a nice briefcase or gym bag?), but they also expand the accessory universe for women in ways that tend to be very functional and neutral. I mean, just look at this bag. I don’t need to explain its British heritage appeal or how fantastic a leather bag this really is. The pictures say everything. Actually, what this picture doesn’t say is worth mentioning – the bag also comes with a shoulder strap.

Another thing that I’ve noticed about men’s bags is that they tend to be a bit less expensive than a similar bag would be if marketed to women. Men are likely not as immune to sticker shock as most female accessories buyers are, and the price points on their bags reflect the probable reluctance of a dude to spend so much money on something that most men don’t see as a daily necessity. At around $1500, this bag surely isn’t cheap, but it’s kind of a deal compared to the relative size and price point of Mulberry’s women’s leather bags. Buy through Mr. Porter for $1495.

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