Manly not Metro

April 20, 2011

So this guy I know needs a bag for work.  He doesn’t like to be mentioned on this little blog so we’ll just say he is a tall, handsome, 20-something with a very relaxed and unassuming sense of style – right now he carries a tattered nylon messenger bag to work and it’s bordering on unprofessional.  SO I’ve been on the hunt to find him something new… The first bag above is what I presented him from J.Crew.  I thought I hit a win… It was inexpensive, basic but nice looking, had some hardware but nothing that looked like it…

So this guy I know needs a bag for work.  He doesn’t like to be mentioned on this little blog so we’ll just say he is a tall, handsome, 20-something with a very relaxed and unassuming sense of style – right now he carries a tattered nylon messenger bag to work and it’s bordering on unprofessional.  SO I’ve been on the hunt to find him something new… The first bag above is what I presented him from J.Crew.  I thought I hit a win… It was inexpensive, basic but nice looking, had some hardware but nothing that looked like it was trying too hard, etc.  He’s not sure if he likes it (grrrr).  The second bag is another offering from J.Crew that we aren’t sure about…

He wants what every 20-something guy wants in a bag: a worn-in, tannish-brown, basic leather or canvas shoulder/messenger bag that looks cool with out trying to be.  Rugged but office appropriate and one that definitely could never be considered metro.  I’ve looked everywhere I can think of for this perfect bag.  The closest thing we can find is this number by Polo and by god, if we had an extra $995 we’d have bought it and called it a done day.  But we are 20-somethings. 

So you readers are my last ditch effort – does anyone know a great brand/bag that fits the above dreamy description?  I know you all have great style (it’s a given) and many of you must have man friends, so any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

(Images via J.Crew)

  1. I got my manfriend (who doesn't have the option of not being mentioned on my blog) a briefcase/messenger bag of sorts this past Christmas. He loves and I love too. It's a Cole Haan and was on sale so I'm not sure if they have it anymore. Here are some more options from CH:

    http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=362172&productGroup=387820&pwpHash=shop,pwp,c-100/f-10002+70017+4294966446/t-MEN'S|BRIEFCASES_{AMP}_BAGS&scrX=0&scrY=1757

    http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=396507&productGroup=&pwpHash=shop,pwp,c-100/f-10002+70017+4294966446/t-MEN'S|BRIEFCASES_{AMP}_BAGS&scrX=0&scrY=494

    http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=396509&productGroup=396511&pwpHash=shop,pwp,c-100/f-10002+70017+4294966446/t-MEN'S|BRIEFCASES_{AMP}_BAGS&scrX=0&scrY=549

    http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=396518&productGroup=396520&pwpHash=shop,pwp,c-100/f-10002+70017+4294966446/t-MEN'S|BRIEFCASES_{AMP}_BAGS&scrX=0&scrY=824

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