A Guide to Man Bags

June 22nd, 2015

There are many, many styles of man bags out there to service your daily carry.

Here are five that we recommend as versatile, long-lasting investments for your commute to the office.

The Slim Brief

Sleek and slim, for the man with appreciates a light commute. A laptop, a book, a magazine, a notepad, a pair of headphones, a place for his house keys, maybe a little energy bar for a long day. That’s all this man needs to make it from his office at home to his office at work.

Our choice online: the suede zip-top brief by Frank Clegg (Handmade in USA)

The Tall Tote

For the man with a slightly heavier carry, and slightly more casual attire. The long-handled tote (preferably long enough to fit over the shoulder) is one of the more universal bags available for men. Its one large compartment is perfect for carrying just about anything, whether it’s a stack of books and a laptop, art supplies, a change of clothes for the gym, a coat for later is it gets cold, or perhaps all the accoutrements necessary for a day at the beach.

Our choice online: the zip-tote canvas tote by Filson (Made in USA)

The Grown-Up Backpack

Even the classiest man has casual days, and for those, a sharp looking backpack is a perfect choice. For the bicycle commuter, the student, the gym buff, the outdoorsman, or any man who appreciates having both of his hands free as he moves about town.

Our choice online: canvas/leather rucksack by Filson (Made in USA)

 The Document Case

For the super minimalist, modern man; the man who carries nothing but electronics. Store your laptop and/or ipad alongside your kindle and, if you’re feeling nostalgic, maybe even a pen and notepad in case something hits you and all your batteries are dead. Of course, you probably have just enough room for your chargers in there, too.

Our choice online: the zipper folio by Frank Clegg (Handmade in USA)

The Travel Duffle

For the man with the big carry, or the man who might jaunt out for the weekend. The beauty of a hand-held duffle is that it’s large enough to use for a weekend getaway, but small enough to qualify as a carry-on. For the guy who is out and about all day and not sure where he might end up. A small duffle can simultaneously serve as a work bag, a gym bag, and an overnight bag. It’s always good to keep your options open.

Our choice online: the signature travel duffle by Frank Clegg (Handmade in USA)


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford.