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View Poll Results: If you are male, do you carry a bag most of the week ?
No bag 4 21.05%
Sports satchel 1 5.26%
small rucksack 6 31.58%
manbag (analgeous to womans handbag) 1 5.26%
laptop case 7 36.84%
briefcase 0 0%
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Old 28.09.2006, 14:06
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Men and Bags

After some posts about bags and even a reference to metrosexual and manbags, I was wondering what the male attitude is to carrying bags....
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Old 28.09.2006, 14:15
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Re: Men and Bags

Well my dad has one that he uses like girls do - but not with so much useless crap in there - obviously he doesnt need things like lipstick and such.
"Manbags" as I believe they are called certainly have a purpose! Then my man wouldnt need to fill up my bag with his wallet and phone and keys
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Old 28.09.2006, 14:24
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Think about it. Most men today carry at least:

Keys
wallet
phone

and much besides.

I tend to carry around everywhere my passport, the last two-weeks mail, my permit, my driving licence,my other phone, toiletries and a change of clothes - so really I am an ideal candidate for a manbag. However I can't bring myself to look so camp with something the appearance of a leather toiletbag swinging off my wrist as I mince down Bahnhofstrasse.

Giving items for others to carry is dangerous practice. They either forget to give them back, or lose them with disasterous (relationship)consequence.

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Well my dad has one that he uses like girls do - but not with so much useless crap in there - obviously he doesnt need things like lipstick and such.
"Manbags" as I believe they are called certainly have a purpose! Then my man wouldnt need to fill up my bag with his wallet and phone and keys
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Old 28.09.2006, 14:26
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Well my dad has one that he uses like girls do - but not with so much useless crap in there - obviously he doesnt need things like lipstick and such.
"Manbags" as I believe they are called certainly have a purpose! Then my man wouldnt need to fill up my bag with his wallet and phone and keys
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I always have a bag, and have a selection of 3. I go for satchel like leather bag from Hugo Boss. (very subtle label ref: LV thread).

I find this fits in all teh things I need as an englishman in Zurich, all of my documents for some reason or other, assortment of keys, German Study book, and dictionary for journeys, along with whatever I need for that day.

And also friends like to carry their lipsticks, purses, and keys (and thats just the guys ).
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Re: Men and Bags

I'm a big believer in utilising the power of something generally denied to women - pockets. You won't see me trotting off for a facial or pedicure or thinking about the latest in male skin care products. No thanks.


Ooops, looks like that was a thread-hijack. Maybe we should have called it "Are you a metrosexual." Well, someone was bound to hijack it sooner or later
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However I can't bring myself to look so camp with something the appearance of a leather toiletbag swinging off my wrist as I mince down Bahnhofstrasse.

Giving items for others to carry is dangerous practice. They either forget to give them back, or lose them with disasterous (relationship)consequence.

dave
Sorry I was mid post when Dave flew over and bombed in with 'mincing and campness'.

How do u carry these things, including 'toiletries etc' ? which to me is far worse to carry on a daily basis.

Plastic migro bags are not cheap 'chic'.
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I use a rather sexy Crumpler bag with more pockets than you can imagine. It has shoulder strap and a cross strap so it can be used as a dispatch rider bag.

The more sombre coloured ones are pretty good with suits, nay fashionable.
In addition I have a couple of Hidesign briefcases in soft leather with tarten lining. Very discrete, feel good and stretch to fit in all those juicy contracts .

I did have a Samsonite hard brief case but it had the cachet of a sales-exec, so I havent used it since.

Halliburton Zero do some that are bombproof, although I don't really want to find out...

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Sorry I was mid post when Dave flew over and bombed in with 'mincing and campness'.

How do u carry these things, including 'toiletries etc' ? which to me is far worse to carry on a daily basis.

Plastic migro bags are not cheap 'chic'.
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Re: Men and Bags

Hmmm...

I don't like those "manbags" like the ones from louis vuitton cause i don't like that "metrosexual kind of man with the lightblue/pink pullovers and (the worst) this hearstyle with short hair on top of the head and the longer ones (the worst with blonde wisps) in the neck. it's just wääääähhhh!!!

what i really like is that kind of people with the stylish bree or freitag (or something similar) bags...
the ones with laptopbags is okay cause it's business.

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I use a rather sexy Crumpler bag with more pockets than you can imagine. It has shoulder strap and a cross strap so it can be used as a dispatch rider bag.

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Hey I just referenced Hugo Boss, in a way of saying that I kinda need reassurance from a designer name to carry it off, these also look great with suits. Thats all, I wasn't in any way using bragginig rights or advertising (watch out about using links...(however cool crumplers is! and it is))

dont want to turn from metrosexual into a btch, but calling bags sexy, and outlining your wardrobe and matching it to different outfits is more than a passing interest in such things

Anything you want to mention Dave....?
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I like such things. It should be pointed out that I don't buy any of this sexy stuff over here though.
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I don't like those "manbags" like the ones from louis vuitton cause i don't like that "metrosexual kind of man with the lightblue/pink pullovers and (the worst) this hearstyle with short hair on top of the head and the longer ones (the worst with blonde wisps) in the neck. it's just wääääähhhh!!!
Ah yes, Business at the front, Party at the back.

Apparently Jay Leno read out a list of things Arnie Schwarzenegger would never say, including something along the lines of "My Man Purse" (Purse meaning handbag in US English). The Guvner later came on and said "It's not a man purse, it's a Sports Utility Bag"

So now it's OK to carry a Man Purse.

A friend of mine's Father claims if you can't carry what you need in a plastic bag, you're carrying too much. He goes on holiday with all his gear in a Kwik-Save bag... whatta Guy :-)
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Re: Men and Bags

My two cents on men and bags......firstly women have all the fun with handbags....but mens breifcases rule!!!! OK you may think I am slightly odd here but I just got the new TUMI rolling briefcase (Im not affiliated with TUMI in any way etc..)....its fair to say that it costs more than my first car but it is the best think I have ever bought....i can almost live out of it....literally....place for papers...laptop..pens.....i keep finding new pockets....and then it expands and gives you an overnight area for an extra shirt, underwear....shaving kit etc....so now when I go away for an overnight meeting I dont need two bags....fantastic.....oh and it also works great for those unplanned nights on the town after work when you dont quite make it home........

As for other bags I have a cheap "mans bag" for all the essentials on a weekend....german translations....map of Zurich etc.....and I have to say I dont really want to go back to having no bag.....must be the adult security blanket?
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Re: Men and Bags

Might I just add that a bag is just one more thing to leave behind on a train or bus or in a pub or restaurant after a night on the turps, or even when sober.

I avoid the problem of forgetting a bag by not bringing one at all. Elegantly simple. I do however admit to dumping my phone, wallet and keys into my girlfriend's handbag - especially at the cinema.
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Tumi make really good luggage. Unfortunately I wouldn't treat it with the respect necessary to make it last. Madarina Duck also make some nice stuff, but I notice that Globus has stopped stocking it. Next time you're in London take a look downstairs in Selfridges. You could spend the whole day down there in the luggage department alone.

I think in Zürich having a smart folio or leather case really is de rigeur and like a pair of shoes or a fine dress watch it highlights the details of a well-groomed man. Now I'll stop because I really am beginning to sound like Franc or a contributing editor from GQ.
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My two cents on men and bags......firstly women have all the fun with handbags....but mens breifcases rule!!!! OK you may think I am slightly odd here but I just got the new TUMI rolling briefcase (Im not affiliated with TUMI in any way etc..)....its fair to say that it costs more than my first car but it is the best think I have ever bought....i can almost live out of it....literally....place for papers...laptop..pens.....i keep finding new pockets....and then it expands and gives you an overnight area for an extra shirt, underwear....shaving kit etc....so now when I go away for an overnight meeting I dont need two bags....fantastic.....oh and it also works great for those unplanned nights on the town after work when you dont quite make it home........

As for other bags I have a cheap "mans bag" for all the essentials on a weekend....german translations....map of Zurich etc.....and I have to say I dont really want to go back to having no bag.....must be the adult security blanket?
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I think in Zürich having a smart folio or leather case really is de rigeur and like a pair of shoes or a fine dress watch it highlights the details of a well-groomed man. Now I'll stop because I really am beginning to sound like Franc or a contributing editor from GQ.
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Back in my single days I always checked out a mans shoes, watch etc. Not to see if they were expensive but to see if he looked after them. A fake watch would put me right off and scuffed shoes were always a let down. Of course these are not the only criteria for a potential boyfriend but a bit of grooming never goes a miss. As for man bags; the kind with a wrist strap, are a complete turn off
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It can go the opposite way though if overdone. Most women I know would be suspect of a man that was too sharp, as it tends these days to be associated with estate agents, salesmen and god help us, swiss lawyers. A battered briefcase , as long as its of quality can be an indication that its owner actually does something with it. Bad shoes are always a giveaway. Oversize watches another.

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Re: Men and Bags

I'm fully behind the recommendations for Tumi and Crumpler bags.

I used to use shoulder bags, until my pilates instructor told me off, now I mostly use rucksacks. I have a Tumi if I'm carrying a laptop or making an overnight trip. For daily stuff like the gym, I have a mini rucksack. I find rucksacks pretty comfortable and practical, as you don't have to worry about the bag slipping off your shoulder in moments of contortion.

My Crumpler is now just for lightweight stuff like papers and books.

As for manbags - no, no, no. Not even in my most metrosexual of days.

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You wear a rucksack while doing Pilates . Deep respect.

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I used to use shoulder bags, until my pilates instructor told me off, now I mostly use rucksacks... I find rucksacks pretty comfortable and practical, as you don't have to worry about the bag slipping off your shoulder in moments of contortion.
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I'm fully behind the recommendations for Tumi and Crumpler bags.

I used to use shoulder bags, until my pilates instructor told me off, My
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Crumpler is now just for lightweight stuff like papers and books.

As for manbags - no, no, no. Not even in my most metrosexual of days.

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PS Diem's fashion tip: Metrosexuality is now OUT
Not only doing Pilates ....but 'getting told off by teacher' .

And metrosexuality is out?

I have now seen the error of my ways...I have thrown my man-bag in the bin. I am now on the road to being a real man yeah!!!

I'll drink beer, not shave, scratch in public, and burp too!

Sorry can you make that an alcofree-lite beer, I have pilates later! Grrrr!

Actually make that a Rooibos tea
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