10 BEST MEN'S BAGS

Never has there been a better time to be a man with stuff. For bags, folks, are having a moment and things have moved on a lot since the days of Joey Tribbiani’s man bag. From totes to cross-body bags and lunch boxes, the spring/summer 2019 men’s catwalks were a love letter to the bag – and it’s a romance we’re fully on board with. 

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1. The belt bag

Eastpak Springer Bag

 

It’d have been pretty hard to miss the humble bum bag’s meteoric rise to fashion stardom. Now it’s a struggle to go to certain enclaves of town without spotting a bum bag or two. Worn in the traditional way or slung casually round the neck, they’re the quickest way to go from normal to ‘fashun’.


Eastpak, Springer Bag, £20

 


2. The smart backpack

Coach Kennedy Backpack

 

Where once the backpack was school boy’s territory, now it’s a decidedly more grown-up affair. Practical, roomy and surprisingly sophisticated, a sleek rucksack is the modern man’s commuting sidekick. Our hands down personal favourite? A black leather iteration.


Coach, Kennedy Backpack, £495

 


3. The classic briefcase

Coach Hudson 5 Bag

 

It doesn’t get more old school, more Hollywood-esque than a suit and a great briefcase. The weighty hardware, the textured leather, the handles… there’s a lot to love about such an iconic piece of menswear kit. Add a long-handled umbrella to get full Gene Kelly vibes.


Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £450

 


4. The pouch

Aspinal Zipped Laptop Case

 

The pouch (or pouchette, muche, murse, whatever you like to call it) has had an official makeover. No longer your girlfriend’s clutch bag, a leather pouch is the sleekest way to carry your clobber and look pretty sophisticated in the process.


Aspinal, Zipped Laptop Case, £350

 


5. The outdoorsy backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack

 

Fulfilling our penchant for technical gear and neon brights, this North Face backpack is precisely the kind of geek-turned-chic we like. Super roomy for all your gear, it’ll fit everything from your headphones to your gym kit, so you’re sure to feel thoroughly backed up.


The North Face, Borealis Backpack, £100

 


6. The streetwear cross-body

Herschel Cruz Crossbody

 

The spring/summer 2019 catwalks were awash with small cross-body bags. Some, worn high up, had hapless tourist vibes (exhibit A: Fendi) which renewed our enthusiasm for dad-dressing. Get in on the trend now with a retro camera bag.


Herschel, Cruz Crossbody, £35

 


7. The luxe bum bag

NICCE Core Reflective Bum Bag

 

Follow A$AP Rocky, Jared Leto et al and grab yourself a bum bag if you haven’t already. This one’s kind of luxe, kind of flash, which we quite enjoy. It says weekend errands but ‘make it fashion’.


NICCE, Core Reflective Bum Bag, £20

 


8. The city/country backpack 

Barbour Whitby Backpack

 

Sometimes after the hustle; and pollution; and self-service checkouts; and hurried flat whites, we crave a bit of the countryside. Thankfully, this Barbour beauty will bring a breath of fresh air to your daily tube kerfuffle.


Barbour, Whitby Backpack, £129

 


9. The weekender

NICCE, Barrel Bag

 

Killing two birds with one stone, the weekend bag is a multitasking dream for it’s both a bag for weekend getaways (naturally) and a great gym bag. Nice.


NICCE, Barrel Bag, £32

 


10. The canvas roll-top bag

Stighlorgan Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag

 

With utilitarian, Scandi vibes, a roll top backpack is minimal without being clinical, cool without trying too hard. It may require a bit of extra work getting stuff out of it but the effort is worth it, trust us.


Stighlorgan, Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag, £140

 


11. The tote

AllSaints Holt Tote Bag

 

In a bit of a fashion evolution, the tote has become bona fide legitimate hand luggage for men. The only thing needed to pull it off? Confidence. This leather version is super smart and just the right size. We’re sold on it, totes.


AllSaints, Holt Tote Bag, £248

 


12. The camo rucksack

Eastpak Macnee Backpack

 

For a fabric designed to blend in, this backpack paradoxically stands out. With its retro, grunge styling and cool, functional design, it’s a must for the urban jungle. Tarzan would be proud.


Eastpak, Macnee Backpack, £55

 


13. The messenger

Aspinal Shadow Messenger

 

The humble satchel has been around in menswear for donkey’s years. It’s got somewhat of a reputation for school kid vibes but use this to your advantage. The cheeky, happy-go-lucky vibes will take you anywhere.


Aspinal, Shadow Messenger, £495

 


14. The It brand bag

Champion Small Messenger Bag

 

As seen on, well, everyone, get in on the brand the Instagram set are sporting now with a messenger bag that feels very de jour. It’s practical, handy and will make you feel like a fashion champ, which is always a good thing.


Champion, Small Messenger Bag, £16