Written by Genius Contributor Emily Butcher
We know, we know. Just the phrase “man bag,” let alone “murse,” is enough to send chills down any self-respecting executive’s spine in today’s fashion forward business world.
But we get it, too. Just because you aren’t a member of the fairer sex doesn’t mean you don’t have some necessities that make life on-the-go that much more bearable. Your iPad, cell phone, that new proposal for work you’ve been meaning to look over … it all adds up quick, but the question remains: how to carry it all without risking your organization, your fashion sense, and your overall sanity.
Relax! We come bearing good news. Gone are the days of effeminate satchels and overly sporty messenger bags. We’ve gathered the best of the best so take your pick and get ready to reclaim the accessory known as a man bag. Claim it, make it your own and carry it with pride!
Coach Transatlantic Leather Commuter – Online, $498
We know your credit card has most likely taken a beating buying coveted Coach bags for the women in your life, but the designer has some decidedly masculine bags gracing department store shelves as well. The Coach commuter bag is made from retro glove tanned leather, available in silver and black, and houses a number of pockets for easy organization. Take advantage of Coach’s complimentary hangtag monogramming for a one-of-a-kind customized carryall.
Skytop Pullman Case – Online, $875
To say Indiana Jones would endorse this bag wouldn’t be a stretch and we mean that in the best of ways. Available in Saddle Brown, warm Sedona or a rich Espresso stain, the sophisticated briefcase is hand-crafted using soft eight-ounce saddle leather with a glove-soft leather lining. Combining rugged good looks with utility, the spacious case is designed to “carry everything you need on a typical business trip, or just going to and from the office,” says Skytop Trading owner George Barker. The luggage line, including a matching briefcase and laptop case, are made of detachable pieces, allowing the busy traveler to pack for any occasion with the snap of a buckle.
VIDEO: Skytop Trading's Saddle Leather Pullman Briefcase