BY JUSTIN MASTINE-FROST
FEB 10, 2016
Not all designers took on men’s bags for 2016, but those that did refused to pull punches. Obscure material combinations, subtle color choices, and tiptoeing across gender boundaries were just a few of the trends to circulate through the week’s events. Much like our coverage of sunglasses trends of Men’s Fashion Week, here are some options to rock these fall/winter 2016 trends now.
Leather and Ponyskin Duffle Bag From John Varvatos Multimedia Experience
John Varvatos Detroit Duffle, johnvarvatos.com
John Varvatos is by no means new to the world of men’s bags, and as the years pass he continues to expand on his already adventurous choices of materials. This latest duffle bag presented at his over-the-top multimedia experience at his flagship store in the old CBGB is his most interesting to date, appearing to be constructed of a blend of supple leather and pony skin. This newest bag isn’t available just yet, but a standard leather version is available from Varvatos with a nearly identical construction.
Color Block Brown Leather Backpack From Perry Ellis Runway
Fossil Estate Backpack, fossil.com
Even under the current lead of creative director Michael Maccari, Perry Ellis isn’t known for being all that bold and colorful, though we are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that things like this backpack start making a regular appearance. The combination of pastel blues and supple brown leather gives this backpack the kind of look that could translate well into spring just as much as it fits with the fall/winter collection. The classic backpack has rapidly returned to favor, and though we couldn’t track down anything with the same level of painted color-blocking, this brown leather bag — from Fossil, of all people — is an instant classic.
Gray Unlined Tote Bag From Uri Minkoff Presentation
Uri Minkoff Unlined Tote, uriminkoff.com
The vast propagation of unisex fashion is hitting us from all angles these days, and the men’s tote bag falls in nicely with this trend — perfect for when a messenger bag is not quite enough but a duffle is overkill. Uri Minkoff offers a range of men’s tote bags, including this subtle gray variant presented this past week. If you’re in the market, but gray isn’t really your thing, the same bag can currently be had in both black and brown.
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Utility Duffle Bag from Nautica Runway
Nautica Fairwind 17″ Duffle, ebags.com
Unlike most other lines we saw at Men’s Fashion Week, Nautica’s bag offering proved to be far more utilitarian. Blurring the lines between utility totes and duffle bags with a very slouchy casual construction, each one of Nautica’s bags look like they would make for a great grab-and-go weekender or gym bag. Sharing a very similar shape and color palette as the runway variant, this budget-friendly and durable polyester duffle bag from Nautica’s current line is a solid way to pull of the same vibe in a hurry.
Unisex Compact Shoulder Bag From Uri Minkoff Presentation
Head Porter Luna Shoulder Bag, headporter.co.jp
Of all the bags in the Uri Minkoff presentation this past week, these compact shoulder bags were by far the most interesting. There are definite hints of “elementary school lunchbox” to their design, but much in the same way that the tote bag has bled into men’s fashion, there’s something telling us these compact bags can’t be too far behind. Easily smaller than a conventional messenger bag or iPad-sized shoulder bag, our nearest parallel came to us via Head Porter of Japan and their very cool Luna shoulder bag. If the goal is a bag just large enough to hold your phone, wallet, and passport (without the shame of a fanny pack), then this could just do the trick.
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