The Man Bag: Love it or Hate it?

Nov 26 2012 • by Deanna

Clutch bags and totes are not only popular among women;  more and more men are now seen carrying them. Showcased on the runways and even on the streets, modern bags for men called man bags, manly totes, mlutch (man+clutch) and murses (man+purse) are probably here to stay.

Even a few celebrities and NBA superstars have been spotted clutching bags while attending various events in recent years. Here are a few:

Robert Downey Jr. and guests attend World Premiere of “Get Rich Or Die Tryin “, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, California- 02.11.05

Is Robert Downey, Jr. carrying his wife’s purse…or his own? This I couldn’t tell but I’ve got an inkling it’s his because of the bag’s utilitarian style (note the keychain that holds maybe his car keys).

Jude Law leaving Wyndham’s Theatre, London, England – 28.05.09

Jude Law was spotted carrying a slim brown leather briefcase with a short handle. Did he store his scripts inside?

Chris Eubank leaving Claridges Hotel in London, England – 12.04.10

Former middleweight champ Chris Eubank shows how manly a clutch can be as he was seen carrying a Louis Vuitton leather clutch.

Marc Jacobs at The British Fashion Awards 2011,  Savoy, London, England – 28.11.11

Designer Marc Jacobs carries a murse at a fashion event. Nice accent to a smart and sleek suit.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Beso restaurant in Hollywood Los Angeles, California – 15.06.09

Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo gets a kick out of wearing his Gucci murse.

So, what’s your take on murses? Do you like them or loathe them? Personally, I don’t mind because of their practicality and functionality. Clutch bags have been around for centuries and carried by fashion-forward European and Japanese men. These holdalls also add a debonair touch to a man’s look. It depends on the style, material and quality, though.

If you’re looking for a clutch or even a handbag to give to your guy especially now that the holidays are fast approaching, we have a few manly suggestions:

Fossil Estate Leather Framed Travel Kit, $80

Boconi Bags and Leather Collins Calf Plaid About You – Zip Traveler, $115

Alexander McQueen Day Bag, $954.99 (Sold Out)

Fossil Edition Leather Carpenter Bag, $398 (Sold Out)

We’ll be keeping a close watch on this trend and let you know some of our new finds. Would your guy wear a man bag?

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