Men’s fashion week is where you’ll find the best new accessories. Especially this season where designers sent more bag and eye-wear styles down the runway than apparel. Too, brands made an effort to cater to all types resulting in the best lifestyle bags this year.
Italian Lifestyle Bags
Without a doubt Italy presented the strongest accessories options for Spring 2020. In Florence Marco de Vincenzo premiered a dainty line of formal bags. Similarly Prada models walked the runway with small hand-held clutch bags. In contrast, Ferragamo debuted a grand new 18-hour city bag. But most notably, Fendi reinterpreted their famous baguette into a medium-sized shoulder bag.
What do people think of the new man bags?
For the woke millennial the variety is a welcome sight. But traditional Freudian minds that believe purses are not masculine are probably trying to understand what’s happening. Are designers being provocative? Is this a trendy move to engage the queer and gender non-binary millennial? The answer is yes, and yes.
But it’s better to believe designers are challenging the notion that the body we are born into governs how we live. I’d likewise argue a shoulder bag beats bros walking around with swollen pockets and jiggling change any day.
And while some may feel a pink feathered tote bag mocks masculinity, I would argue it exposes the flimsiness and stringency gender norms push onto men.
Too, looking at this broadly, fashion isn’t the only creative medium subverting product gender norms.
The Radical Shift In Men’s Shopping.
Home, beauty, and wellness platforms now target men with products traditionally assigned to women. This isn’t an unsolicited push, more and more men are asking brands for consideration.
And considering the many new options, a Stella McCartney vegan-leather tote may become a necessary accessory.
This leads to my picks for the best lifestyle bags from men’s fashion week, but hey, a woman can buy them too.
Best & Most Common Lifestyle Bags
Hand bags and duffel bags are the most popular bags found in a person’s wardrobe. This season designers played with textures and color to modernize the styles.
Saidpur Enterprises Recycled Rice Sac Tote $30.99 (photo: Saidpur Enterprises)
Arts District Los Angeles Reusable Market Bag $68 (photo: Arts District Market)
Rareform Repurposed Billboard Vinyl Duffle Bag, $64. (photo: Rareform).
Glamorous Life & Style Bags
Classic bags designed in luxury materials are great for special occasions. The shoulder bags and totes below stand out for their distinctive shapes and luxe textures.
Stella McCartney FFF Recycled Tote, $795 (photo: Stella McCartney)
Angela Roi “Hamilton” Vegan Leather Shoulder Bag, $235 (photo: Angela Roi)
The Best City Bags
A city lifestyle typically means long stretches away from home each day. The satchel and fanny pack options below are proven to be the functional styles of choice by most city dwellers.
Raeburn Recycled Parachute Fabric Tote, $120 (photo: Raeburn)
Stella McCartney Vegan Leather Fanny Pack, $875 (photo: Stella McCartney)
What do you think of the sustainable alternatives? Leave a comment below.