The Man Bag: It’s as Handy as it is Becoming

May 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side


Who can forget the classic Friends episode where Joey discovers both the stylish allure and unmatched functionality of the Man Bag.  Over a decade later, American men continue to struggle with their masculinity and more often than not clump the Man Bag in the same category as messenger bags, satchels and rucksacks.  There’s a big difference, and the classic messenger bag is the perfect example.



David Beckham highlights how the brown leather messenger bag is both versatile and classy enough for the businessman on the move (ponytail optional).  I have no idea why Beckham’s bag is completely empty in this picture, but it’s roomy enough to fit his balls (soccer). Consider the J Crew Artisan Leather Messenger Bag – $225 at – Although a bit on the expensive side, it’s a worthy investment, it will never go out of style, and it provides the perfect glove for your beloved Macbook.




Hugh Jackman takes the opposite tack: a more refined black leather messenger bag plays perfectly against his more casual attire.  Try the Tumbled Leather Messenger Bag – $198 at






John Mayer underscores the biggest fashion trap that continues to befuddle men young and old: You don’t have to match everything!  It’s a wonderful canvas messenger bag that no doubt contains racy and lurid pictures of former flame Jennifer Aniston.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to let your imagination run wild because John was compelled to wear matching suede shoes and watch band.  Sunwashed Canvas messenger Bag – $55 at

Tribute to Joey: Patron Saint of the Man Bag.  Click Here to watch the hilarious Man Bag Clip.


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3 Responses to “The Man Bag: It’s as Handy as it is Becoming”
  1. Robin says:

    I wish I could talk my husband into carrying a man bag. Not only would I not have to carry his stuff for him, but HE could carry mine and I could leave my purse at home. 😀

    Robin’s last blog post..Promise Me……

  2. I don’t at all mind John Mayer’s bag. In fact, I think it’s adorable when a guy carries a canvas messenger bag. The first two, however, are too feminine and purse-like to me. 🙂
    .-= Cafe Fashionista´s last blog ..Thrifty Thursday: Hermes Birkin on a Budget =-.


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