Bags for men: My obsession for bags started when I realized how many accessories I carried with me on a day-to-day basis. Ranging from my glasses, cellphone, (comic) book, notepad, pen, and whatever random knick-knack had found its way into my pockets – It was apparent that I needed a bag to facilitate my belongings as well as my style. When I thought about the type of bags I owned, I realized that there was more to them than just the way they looked. Bags are a convenient accessory that hold many purposes aside from whatever it is you’re carrying inside of them. Functionality, accessibility, durability, comfort, style, and purpose are all things that need to be considered when searching for the perfect bag.
Here is a list of five types of bags that every man should ‘carry’ in their arsenal for any occasion.
The Everyday Bag: Corcho Back Pack
Sully Wong: $129.99
The Sully Wong Corcho Back Pack is made to carry just about anything, any time. Making this bag the perfect everyday knapsack. It boasts a recycled rare cork underlay giving the bag a unique – first in the industry detail that sets this bag apart from your ordinary back pack. The Corcho is carefully constructed with ballistic nylon and faux leather, and is fully equipped with an adjustable cross chest harness, sunglasses compartment, padded laptop sleeve, side stash pocket, and a padded surface back with adjustable straps for maximum comfort and accessibility. At this price point, I challenge anyone to find a back pack more versatile and beautifully crafted than the Corcho Back Pack from Sully Wong. Sully Wong has released my favourite bag collection this year. If you’re not familiar with the brand, do yourself a favour and peep what they have to offer. I’ve had the extreme pleasure to sit down with George Sully, creator and designer of the Sully Wong bag collection, and let me tell you… He’s the real deal. Passionate, determined, driven, and personable, Sully is someone you’ll want to keep a close eye on in the coming months.
Travel Bag – The Outfiitter
Herschel Supply: $129.99
When it comes to travelling, I do my best to pack as light as possible. I take what I need, no more – no less. And that is why The Outfitter from Herschel Supply Co. is the most proper travel companion. The Outfitter is a large volume travel bag with three distinctive carrying options: a removable shoulder strap, full grain leather detailed top handle, and a stowable backpack strap. The bag is versatile, large enough to pack all of your necessities, and the perfect bag for travel comfort and portability. Designed with a reinforced base, a laundry bag, and Herschel’s signature shoe compartment, the Outfitter allows you to carry everything you need while travelling. The desert camo print is both attractive and distinctive. Two aesthetic details never to miss when searching for that perfect travel bag.
Shoulder Bag: Canvas Shoulder Bag
Fred Perry: $100.00
Possibly my favourite bag at the moment, this classic Fred Perry shoulder bag features a coated base panel and PVC binding on the front slip pocket, which creates a twin tipped detail that gives this bag that classic minimalist and clean look that I love about Fred Perry products. Complete with an adjustable shoulder strap, inner zipper pocket, and the signature Laurel Wreath badge; this practical shoulder bag is ideal for any style and almost any occasion. The canvas shoulder bag is ideal for a casual outing, and works just as great to compliment any business attire. If you’re looking for something simple and practical, this is the bag for you.
Accessory Bag: Travel Kit
This handsome and rugged Filson travel kit is the ultimate travel accessory to carry and protect all of your personal travel essentials. Sophisticated in design, the travel kit bag is equipped with two handy exterior and interior open pockets that are fully lined with nylon, bridle leather trim, a leather loop handle and a brass zipper. The travel kit bag is water repellent and well crafted, making this gem a durable and reliable must have bag for every male traveller. Filson bags are luxurious in style and are available in several shapes and sizes. If you’re a bag enthusiast, a Filson bag will complete or define your bag collection.
Gym Bag: Team Training Max Air
When it comes to athletic apparel and accessories, Nike is the best. The Nike Team Training Max Air duffel bag is built for comfort and protection, making this the ideal gym bag for any athlete. The duffle bag provides lightweight shock absorption, custom cushioning, a ventilated shoe compartment for versatile storage, and keeps your gear dry in wet conditions. Made with 100% polyester, this reliable gym bag is equipped with a dual-zip main compartment for secure, spacious storage. At a very affordable price, this gym bag is a no-brainer.
There you have it.
My top five bags for men.
Next time you’re in the market for a new bag, be conscious about the bag’s real purpose and always keep in mind that style is much more than just aesthetics. Consider its functionalities, and the added-value in its minor details and craftsmanship. What are some of your favourite bags?