Bags & Luggage Guide
Any man who dresses sharply knows that accessories are a fundamental component of any outfit, and the right bag is a crucial starting point. More than simply somewhere to store your laptop or gym clothes, a bag can really make or break your look. One misjudged decision and your bag could compromise even the most stylish of outfits. And it’s not a one-size-fits-all accessory either—different circumstances will require different types of bags.
So, depending on what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what your style is, you’ll want something that ticks the boxes for both aesthetics and functionality. We’ve put together a guide to the main types of men’s men’s fashion bags and the best situations in which to carry them.
For the modern man, backpacks are a more casual bag choice than the rest. Their main benefit is convenience, with a good backpack providing various compartments and pouches to store your belongings. They are also incredibly versatile, and you could feasibly buy three and find different uses for each one. Regardless of your lifestyle or fashion taste, you’re sure to find a backpack that works for you. For the business-casual commuter, a plain bag with muted colours will be just the ticket, while a trendy checked backpack is perfect for a weekend away or trip to the gym. Just be sure that it compliments your outfit. You should look out for practical features, such as laptop pockets, key clips, and a spacious front compartment.
Although they may conjure up images of a bowler-hat-clad gent, document holders are the archetypal businessman’s bag and are just as timeless as ever. Now as suitable for carrying a laptop as they are for a journal and a few documents, they’re a businessman’s best friend. Smart, practical, and—if you buy the right one—durable. Wearing a dapper document holder with a suit can help you pull off a touch of 007-esque class like no other bag can. There are various types of document holders, including the ever-useful briefcase. These range from modern portable portfolios to be carried in hand or under your arm, to bulkier, dated attachés. Another type is laptop bags, which come in various sizes, materials, and styles. For a simple and slick businessman’s look, opt for a plain leather portfolio or laptop bag, both useful for carrying your work essentials. If you want something a tad more casual, without compromising on sophistication and style, a nylon document bag is ideal. The main thing is to seek out bags with internal pockets, which allow you to store smaller items like your phone or a cardholder.
Versatile and spacious, a holdall can be used for anything, whether as a gym bag or for luggage. They are undoubtedly the most stylish and convenient option for their size, and will comfortably hold an assortment of outfits and an extra pair of shoes for a few days away. One of our favourite aspects of holdalls is that they can be taken on a flight as hand luggage and will always fit in overhead storage. For a work trip, a plain leather holdall bag is an essential accompaniment, while this chic olive-green nylon holdall will add to a smart-casual look. For a more relaxed option, choose this check woll twill holdall. If you’re in the market for something sportier, this cotton canvas duffle bag is perfect for the gym, while for longer trips away, a spacious nylon flight bag will keep both your luggage safe and your look suave. Whatever you go for, consider a holdall which has both straps and grab-handles, to give you different carrying options.
The modern gentleman’s list of toiletries keeps growing, which means he will also be in need of a sturdy yet stylish washbag that can accommodate all of his toiletries. Our sporty classic cotton canvas washbag is made from durable cotton material and comes in a cylindrical shape that leaves plenty of space for your bathroom essentials, as well as a practical grab handle for added convenience. Alternatively, you could go for a duo-tone Aston Martin washbag, made from resistant polyester fabric which makes it easy to remove any spills or splashes. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for an item which screams sophistication and class, our silver-tone 'H' detail leather washbag will do the trick.