Through the torrential downpours and gusting winds of Hurricane Hannah, we braved the first part of Fashion Week with our sloshing boots and a sturdy umbrella. As we anticipated, we found quite a few forecasters to set us on a straight path to fashionable goodness, and one particular accessory kept popping up amongst cosmopolitan men.There’s actually no real way to water these words down: Men are carrying handbags. Ever since the Seinfeld "murse" episode, gentlemen have been berated for accessorizing with bags that are more or less purses. But the aesthetic is evolving—the bags are duffel like and weathered with age and sometimes take the shape of medicine bags and briefcases, all stylistically masculine shapes. However, now that terms like “metrosexual” and “banjee” have arrived in the general vocabulary, it makes us wonder if a “masculine” bag even matters. It’s totally possible that we have arrived at an age where men aren’t worrying about their "murses" and are instead turning toward fashionable functionality.
Fashion Week Forecast Part I: Duffle Bag Boys
September 09, 2008