For many years the closest things men had to everyday bags that could be used for business or leisure were briefcases, and smaller rucksacks – often with a sport theme. What have now become known as ‘Man Bags’ may have been a relatively recent development in practical fashion in the UK, although they’ve been used by men for decades in other parts of Europe e.g. Italy. The modern Man Bag is essentially a bag which is likely to have several compartments for modern communication and business essentials e.g. mobile phones.
Some of the Driving Factors for the Popularity of Man Bags in the UK
Advances in technology and the increasing miniaturisation and mobilisation of communications tools, computers, organising devices and gadgets has meant that most men are likely to be carrying one or more of these items around with them on a daily basis. The changing work arrangements and patterns i.e. more work being carried out away from a main office / home working, and a rise in communications, IT, and service based industries have also contributed to the need for men to carry more technological devises around with them, as well as the traditional paper and pens, ring binders, folders etc. Leisure time also involves the use of laptops, phones, notepad computers, iPads, MP3 players, digital cameras etc. A good sturdy, yet not too bulky, and fashionable bag with organising pockets and sections to accommodate and protect such devices has become a much more necessary item to most working and professional men. A rapid force towards globalisation aided by better and cheaper transport has also added to the need for a good all round man’s travel bag. These new breeds of bags therefore also need to be durable, secure, resistant to knocks and scuffs, provide a level of security, and yet allow fast and easy access to the organised contents.
The public use of modern ‘Man Bags’ by well know celebrities e.g. David Beckham has also stimulated demand for them. Advances in fashion have also meant that a shoulder bag / messenger bag section incorporating many different styles is now commonplace in many British men’s high street retail clothing / fashion outlets. A blurring of what is acceptable culturally for men and women to wear and use, fueled by the fashion industry and the media, and catering for real demand, has meant that for a man to carry a bag daily is now not only fashionable, but is normal and commonplace.
Leather Man Bags
There are many different styles of leather Man Bags available including messenger bags, satchels, shoulder bags, satchel-style briefcases, organiser / camera bags, travel organiser bags, and casual bags. There are also some leather mens bags which cover a number of different functions in one bag e.g. they are business, travel, computer and briefcase bags all in one, such as the Cortez traveller’s PC briefcase. Many of the different styles e.g. leather shoulder bags are available in different sizes such as large and A4 + size. Full grain leather man bags are hard wearing and keep looking good no matter how much you use them. Typically, high quality Man Bags feature many different pockets and compartments e.g. slip pockets, ‘secret’ pockets, flap pockets and zipped pockets. The anchorage points on high quality leather Man Bags are stitched and riveted for strength, shoulder straps have enough length / drop to be worn comfortably around the body and often have non-slip comfort pads. Many leather Man Bags feature special pockets / compartments for mobile phones and laptops. High quality leather Man Bags are available in a wide variety of colours including black, antique brown, mid brown (conker) tan, mocha and red.