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post #16 of 30
I'm not feelin' either of those bags for daily use, but I don't understand how anyone gets around without a bag. The minimum I have on me at any time is a slim wallet (to be precise, a Jimi), my cell, two iPods (I use the shuffle as a USB drive), in-ear monitors, a leather-bound notepad, a fountain pen, a 32oz water bottle. Unless my daily garb included cargo pants and a reporter's vest, that gear would never all fit in my pockets. My taste in bags and backpacks veers more towards milsurp than designer or technical. (Designer = Yamamoto, Varvatos, Helmut Lang, etc.; Technical = Lowe, North Face, and on.) Milsurp backpacks, map cases, and other bags are generally cheapest option, often by one or more zeros - though to make a milsurp backpack work in a modern context an organizer insert such as Tom Bihn's Freudian Slip is invaluable - and all the designer bags I've liked have been thinly veiled ripoffs of vintage European military gear anyway.
post #17 of 30
I regularly carry a bag of some sort. I try to coordinate the bag to the type of clothes I will wear that day. I also carry a separate gym bag that is in the "carry-on/overnighter" size category like the bags you shown.

If you live in Europe you can pretty much carry any kind of bag and noone will question your masculinity. It's been my experience that in US outside of Manhattan, the creature that is the average american male will rather carry his belongings in a plastic "Thank You for Your Business" bag than be seen holding something that is even remotely elegant. Elegance is for some reason associated with femininity.

My advice is if you are not comfortable with a leather designer bag get yourself a canvas military type bag. You may like to consider brands like Filson, Domke, Billingham or a real military surplus one.

If you regularly wear a suit to your place of work than a briefcase may work for you. You may wish to look at Hartmann, Ghurka, Atlas, Shlesinger, Tanner Krole, Papworth and Swaine Adeney.

I belive people on this forum will not judge you on the "manliness" of your bag but on it's stylishness and originality.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by Tomasso
Many women are following the lead of Jane Birkin(the purses namesake) and ditching the Birkin Bag. It seems that having such a big bag tempts women to put everything but the kitchen sink in them and some are developing tendinitis in their arms.
I used to have a vintage 1950s Haut a Corriories(sp) Hermes bag, which was the direct design that the Birkin bag was lifted from. It was used for carrying saddles or riding boots, I believe.
post #19 of 30
I agree that bags are not very well seen in North America. I've had a Jack Spade messenger bag, which I really like, for a couple of weeks now and I've been getting some weird looks by some guys on the streets. They really think its gay. Oh well, that's their problem.
post #20 of 30
It's only in America that such an idea is apparent, not simply North America. If you go to Mexico, there are no problems.
post #21 of 30
Well, I live in Canada, more specifically in Québec, not in the USA. And I can tell you that this stereotype is quite strong here too.
post #22 of 30
Well, I suppose it's the very American influenced nations. Otherwise, in my experience in other nations there are no perceptions of that kind.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Well, I suppose it's the very American influenced nations. Otherwise, in my experience in other nations there are no perceptions of that kind.

Oddly enough, Québecers like to think themselves as European-minded. I think they're just in denial at how North-American they really are. But that's a whole other topic.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Histrion
Oddly enough, Québecers like to think themselves as European-minded. I think they're just in denial at how North-American they really are. But that's a whole other topic.
Ah yes, but the French don't mind men's bags.
post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by whoopee
A cool briefcase is smarter.

While I agree that a nice briefcase is a very smart look, I am a college student and I just don't want to deal with all the sneers and sideways glances that young people carrying briefcases usually get. But I've had people in t-shirts and ripped jeans sneer at my sportcoats so I guess screw them.
post #26 of 30
I went to work almost everyday carrying a messenger type computer bag - just to look important and feel like a business person. I never had work to take home. Except for a few folders with personal business, I mainly used the thing to transport my snacks - like a nutrigrain bar, some apple slices in a ziploc, bottle of water, etc. The great thing was that it was rather light. Beats carrying around a lunch box!
post #27 of 30
Concerning all the recommendations for messenger bags, you can't use one of those if you're wearing a nice sportsjacket. They ruin the shoulders and the friction from the strap causes pilling wherever it touches.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by alexpham
While I agree that a nice briefcase is a very smart look, I am a college student and I just don't want to deal with all the sneers and sideways glances that young people carrying briefcases usually get. But I've had people in t-shirts and ripped jeans sneer at my sportcoats so I guess screw them.

I'm in the same boat but I don't get any sneers. Maybe it's due to living in a metropolitan area...

Anyway, I don't recommend a hard briefcase, but I think you could get away with a soft one. Get as tiny a case as you can live with. I really like the LV Robusto in Grizzli Taiga but depending upon your situation it might be more than you'd be willing to spend. Just don't get anything that has a knock-off ;p

Btw, as long as the girls like you, who gives a shit what the guys in their jeans and t-shirts think.
post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GQgeek

Btw, as long as the girls like you, who gives a shit what the guys in their jeans and t-shirts think.

Ahh, you are wise beyond your years.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
Concerning all the recommendations for messenger bags, you can't use one of those if you're wearing a nice sportsjacket. They ruin the shoulders and the friction from the strap causes pilling wherever it touches.

I haven't had a problem with either my backpack or my mapcase since I expanded my sportcoat collection. Yeah, when the black Helmut Lang was the only thing I wore I eventually had to scrap it because of this problem, but now I rarely wear a jacket twice in two weeks so I don't think it's an issue. So I wear my backpack over all kinds of things, up to and including a Kiton cashmere sportcoat and an Oxxford Emperor's Cashmere blazer. They're just clothes, after all.
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