To the casual observer, men’s bags might be a tad boring, particularly for those who are used to the multitude and variation of women’s bags. How many messengers and carry-ons and briefcases can one person need, exactly? Well, that’s precisely what nonbelievers say about women’s bags, and they’re wrong. Just because mainstream men’s bags tend to have a more limited color palette and set of shapes than women’s doesn’t mean that there aren’t important differences, even between bags made for the same purpose.

The Giorgio Armani Croc-Embossed Weekender Bag and the Salvatore Ferragamo Alpha Leather Weekender Bag are both dark leather bags that cost around $1500, they’re both around the same size, they’re both from venerable Italian designers known for top-notch menswear and they’re both meant to carry a few days’ worth of clothes and toiletries for their owners. That’s where the similarities stop, though; these two bags demonstrate just how divergent two bags that have all those similarities can be.

The Armani bag is clearly for a man who considers himself a sophisticate. It’s not a real exotic, because no matter how much you love exotics, bags like these need to be super functional. Still, the implication of expensive taste is there, even if the price is somewhat reasonable compared to that of an Armani suit. The Ferragamo bag, on the other hand, is for a man that likes nice, durable things but doesn’t like to spend his time outside of work in a suit just to look extra dapper. This bag’s for a man who loves his jeans and needs accessories that compliment his casual aesthetic but still look like they’re owned by a grown man. So which dude is yours?

Giorgio Armani Crocodile-Embossed Weekender, $1585 via Neiman Marcus

Salvatore Ferragamo Alpha Leather Duffel Bag, $1450 via Neiman Marcus

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