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    Default (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?


    Is the 'manbag' a must-have fashion statement or merely a mindless marketing ploy? Two writers discuss the merits of the latest fashion fad.

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    It's the 21st century and we are, supposedly, all more than au fait with the politics of spin. And yet we have fallen for the word "manbag". It's marketing, for God's sake.

    Some effete idiot in an attic somewhere came up with it.


    He probably hadn't deigned to descend to the real world for a decade or two but he decided he needed something to put his wads of cash in and not ruin the cut of his suit and he came up with ... the manbag.


    Boys, it's a purse! A rose by any other name and all. Carry this around and without exception you look like a halfwit. In The Guardian last year, American tennis player Andy Roddick had this to say about them: "Anything bigger than a money clip or a wallet is to be left with your girlfriend-wife ... if you have a man-purse, the wall is waiting."


    A little harsh, perhaps, but the article also revealed that David Beckham, Jose Mourinho and Jude Law all tote them, so there might be method in his madness.
    One company in Britain calls its 395 ($1,000) buffalo-leather, canvas-strapped manbag "Alfie". "Redolent," says the article, "of geezerish alpha males rather than sappy fashionistas." What rubbish.


    Take it from a geezer: Alfie, as played by Michael Caine, would have something to say about that. He might not put you up against a wall but he'd certainly give you a good slapping. And not with his manbag.




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    Really, men should think about the territory they are straying into by carrying manbags. Examples of men attempting to accentuate their personal appearance are rife but handbags are not a tool that should be available to them.
    Bald men can wear wigs, fat men can wear girdles and short males may stand on boxes. Tom Cruise, it is rumoured, managed to convince Katie Holmes to bend her knees slightly in their official wedding photographs so he could dispense with standing on a box and also not be mistaken for a page boy attendant or a cheese-stuffed vol-au-vent that had strayed from the buffet. But, back to manbags.


    What could a man possibly want to put in a manbag that he couldn't put in his pockets?


    We may live in a progressive society brimming with gender equality (or at least a world where women are allowed to don trousers, vote in elections and smile at men without being escorted quickly away under a cloud of sinfulness) but women are the ones who have handbags. Not men.


    Women love handbags. There are never enough handbags for a woman to own. Give us five minutes and several hundred dollars and we will buy a handbag. It's our passion, our refuge, our sport. There may be no fair and rational reason for this handbag-owning gender exclusivity but that's just men's tough luck.

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    I think Manbags are hott!!!! Although, I personally don't know anyone who carries one though....

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    i like manbags if it looks like a guy bag ... and not so purse-ish. you know?

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    I totally agree Jennifer !!!
    I have lots of friends who have such gorgeous bags , sometimes I am jealous !
    I have to say, to me the most gorgeous manbags are the Dior by Heidi Slimane there are just perfect, all the last collections were perfect (I will miss him at Dior ) and they suit all kind of man !!
    Also the Yves Saint Laurent are very very stylish and classy!!

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    i like manbags if it looks like a guy bag ... and not so purse-ish. you know?

    Yeah.... I agree as well... Like a messenger bag or a brief case....

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    I think it's the name "manbag" that sounds so weird. Corporate men have always carried attaches often with engraved initials, accountants and attorneys, their legal files, artists and photographers, their portfolio cases - and now the portable computer cases. Go back in history and purses were probably tied to belts (think Robin Hood), the Scots wore their sporran front and center, mmm like that. Today law enforcement wear a ton of stuff around the waist, and that notepad could easily turn into a case of some sort. The rucksack/backpack goes from school to the office, no problem.

    Is it the straps? the shape? the material? the color? Just what makes a bag too feminine?

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    << Just what makes a bag too feminine? >>

    When it's not a briefcase. :)

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    "Man-bag" and "Murse" are ridiculous names.
    The guy in the photo carrying the pink bag also looks ridiculous....

    If a guy wants to carry a "Murse" to go with his dress, that's one thing, lol....
    but most guys I know carry bags that serve a function, and if it's fashionable at the same time, great....but don't look ridiculous trying !!

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    Default Re: (he / she says) article: Can a manbag ever be right?

    LV offers a wonderful array of lines for men. Damier and Taiga are my favorites (for men). I know a couple of male friends who have speedies, they don't care what people think, they know they can rock it!

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