It is nearing a crime to count the many, many options women have for handbags. Men can count hardly as many.
Tote bags, hobo bags, baguettes, shoppers, wristlets, clutches, buckets: you name it. We don’t want to impose gender stereotypes in fashion too hard, but a woman has so many choices.
Nevertheless, there is one bag in world of men’s bags that is really starting to move mountains this decade. Meet the pouch.
The pouch: a cross between a wallet and a clutch, the pouch manages to fit all your essentials into one bag, while still maintaining an air of sophistication and style. The pouch has been spotted in recent years in the warm embrace of men attending fashion week, of entrepreneurs between stops on the BTS, and of men in suits en route the city’s hottest events.
Moreover, the pouch is loved for its versatility. You could wear it to a business meeting (many could fit an iPad), or you could wear it to a dinner date. You could carry it to parties. And you could even get away with it in a canvas version by the beach.
Here, we’ve put together some of the best pouches for men of the minute. Whether you prefer bright colours or classic design, one thing is for sure: every man needs a pouch.
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Starting our list with a bright neon number, this Tom Ford pouch is for the man who wants to command all the attention when he enters the room. We love the idea of pairing this neon-green leather with darker outfits, and we appreciate the thought that if you were out at a bar with this, you’d never lose your wallet. There’s even four card slots on the inside. Super urban.
A more casual option, this Saint Laurent printed pouch is part of the ‘Rive Gauche’ collection, and is a tribute to the brand’s first ready-to-wear boutique in Paris. It’s big enough to fit a small tablet, and it’s matching wrist strap makes it easy to carry around from meeting to meeting, too.
Bringing together both classic and contemporary design, this Berluti leather pouch is inscribed with the brand’s signature ‘script’ motif. It is made from Venezia leather, which is said to develop a patina the more you use it. A great investment piece.
More minimalist and more price-friendly, this Comme des Garçons leather pouch is crafted in Spain in a no-fuss black leather. Featuring a sleek and compact design, it pairs well with many outfits, and makes for a great everyday pouch for all occasions.
If you wanted to go all out, you could use this Tom Ford pouch together with the matching larger bag. However, we also love this piece just on its own. Cut from a cognac-hued leather (very gentleman-ly), the pouch is fitted with the brand’s signature gold hardware. It also features a front zip and wrist strap — very useful, and very elegant.
Yellow is having a bit of a moment lately. Bottega Veneta gets it. We love this leather pouch featuring the brand’s signature intrecciato technique, which doubles in function as it makes the item very durable. The modern shape and shade adds a lot of character to any look.
Inspired by the ever-popular Balenciaga ‘City’ bag, we’re closing our list with a cult favourite. This pouch is made from black full-grain leather, and features the front zipped pockets from the original accessory. It’s big enough to fit an iPad mini, so it’s a true city pouch indeed.