Showing up at work without a bag is a skill that leaves women in awe. Thanks to cloud-based office tools (or perhaps, some incredible time management skills), all a man needs to get to work are just their keys, wallets, and phones in their pockets. But for those who can’t perform without their arsenal of gadgets such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones including headphones or chargers — getting through a busy day without them is next to impossible.
This could well be one of the the reasons why bags are becoming a mandatory accessory for men. In fact, the years between 2011 and 2016 actually saw a steady spike of sales in men’s bags in the United States. And it’s not just the snap packs and duffel bags that these gentlemen are buying. More and more men are seen carrying handbags, totes, even man purses.
While you may not be as fashion-forward as Pharell Williams — the first male to become the face of Chanel’s Gabrielle bag — the functionality of carrying a bag can’t be denied. Whether you’re working in a cubicle or out in the field, having a space where you can stuff all the items you need is a great way to organise and take care of your belongings.
So, whether you dare to be bold and carry the man bag or just looking for something simple and practical, we’ve got you covered. Here are five types of bags that every man can bring to work.
Of all the work bags, a briefcase is the most popular for good reasons. It has a classic look and polished appearance that fits the image of a man who can accomplish a lot of big feats at the office. And men who are entrusted to take care of deals at work don’t just stash important documents just about anywhere. They put them inside this impeccably designed tote from Bottega Veneta. Made from gorgeous black Nappa leather, it features a structured shape with wide front pocket that’s embellished with handwoven panels.
RM17,822, Bottega Veneta
The messenger bag is the briefcase’s cooler brother and a classic alternative to backpack. Aside from documents, it can also hold your laptop and other bigger office supplies. A shoulder strap makes this Brunello Cucinelli bag easier to lug around. Made from buffalo leather, it has zip going side to side that actually expands to give more compartment space, which will come in handy for your business trips abroad. Most of all, it gives off that vintage vibe that’ll make it survive trends.
RM15,474.02, Brunello Cucinelli
Smaller than messenger bags, satchels are either worn on the shoulder or across the body to dangle on the backside of your hip. While you can take this shoulder bag anytime of the day for any occasion, its size hints that they’re meant to hold small valuables on a casual day. With its multiple pocket organisers, this Louis Vuitton’s District Pochette can carry iPad mini, its chargers, and cables as well as power banks together with your wallet, passport, and other travel documents. Ideal for the city or a long-haul flight.
RM7,590.24, Louis Vuitton
If you’re heading for an job interview or signing a sales contract with a client, you wouldn’t need to bring your bulky business bag now would you? Just slide the important document and a pen inside a handheld portfolio and you should be alright. This brown, grained calf leather envelope from Tom Ford has enough space to carry a single device.
RM6,248.32, Tom Ford
The ladies no longer have the monopoly over clutches, which have become popular among men in the last couple of years. Like women’s clutch bags, a man purse is rectangular in shape with few compartments that are meant to be carried on one hand. It can hold a few small items that you might need in formal functions — phone, power bank, mint, or small perfume. Pick dark colour like this grey Saffiano leather with metal elements from Prada to make sure it matches the outfit you put on your back.
Price upon request, Prada