Going bag to basics
The key points to consider when picking out a new bag this season are to invest in durability and quality, remember, bags take a lot of wear. Durable bags will also keep your pockets flat whilst keeping all your daily essentials with you, without compromising on style.
The term “briefcase” takes us back to the attaché case, and that’s the style they very much resemble in AW2014. Handsome briefcases are useful holdalls, and play as large a role in your look as your suit and shoes do.
Modern elements of the classic briefcase include quick-access pockets and detachable straps. And all look quite at home with formal business suits. This smart effort from Ted Baker is a solid, stylish example.
Men’s Clutches and Folios
Clutches fit in your palm, and are the perfect accessory to hold your tablet, wallet and keys, not to mention any important documents you may need. The style and type are purely your own choice. Closed clutches with flaps are perfect for most men, while those with a more active lifestyle would probably choose a clutch with a zipper. A strap is handy, so you’ll never lose it. They look at home with business or casual suits.
Folios, on the other hand, are a great choice for gents with a minimalist style approach, as most designs are streamlined and clean. Not as stuffy as briefcases, yet resolutely more refined than backpacks or messenger bags.
Business League Backpacks
Many executives are ditching briefcases for backpacks this year. It’s about functionality as well as fashion. And let’s face it, when you’re heading through airport security, it’s so much easier if you have a backpack. Expandable backpacks are an excellent choice for businessmen on the go, and they provide a workspace and catchall in one.
Neither too big or too small, a carryall bag should have just enough room for a day or two’s worth of essentials. As traveling is quite rigorous they should be durable, so look for strong handles and detachable shoulder straps.
by Christian Kachacha
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