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Old 10-08-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Wherever I happen to be at the moment
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I've seen them before many times, try Coach if you don't mind spending a bit. They have lots of mens items including bags, tech items wallets, key cases, business card cases, and other items. If you have a Coach mens factory store close to you i'd go there. They also post the Coach factory for men online when they do sales (which is all the time unless the site is down for updates). If you don't live anywhere near Coach or the factory stores shop online! Great quality as well for both the boutique items and the factory items, and you can some times find boutique items in the factory store!

Here is a link to the mens section of coach.com, the bag part specifically.
Browse New Arrivals in Leather Bags For Men at Coach.com
::::sigh:::: A purse by any other name...

If a man has to carry anything it should be a briefcase, laptop case, map case or courier bag, the latter two in canvas. Anything else is a purse!

Alternative: Stop wearing tight pants so you have some room in your pockets!
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Mr. Tribbiani had one

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Old 10-08-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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::::sigh:::: A purse by any other name...

If a man has to carry anything it should be a briefcase, laptop case, map case or courier bag, the latter two in canvas. Anything else is a purse!

Alternative: Stop wearing tight pants so you have some room in your pockets!
All of those things listed are things Coach carries. Granted all the items are leather, but that's okay. I'm a girl so I don't have a dog in this fight, just trying to suggest something for the OP who feels the need for a bag. My husband just uses his pockets or whatever don't work for his pockets I stuff in my handbags when we go out together. They make these bags so some men must use them, I just never see them.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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I do not see the reason to carry so much stuff, it is like everyone is going on a three day hike to go down the block to the store or something.

When I did have a lot to carry, I threw it in a backpack, problem solved.

Disclaimer: do what you like, should not be so concerned about what others think, at least in regards to this topic, it is just a bag, purse, whatever it is called.

My opinion: I think those bags are goofy looking, look ok I guess if someone is actually using for a purpose like work, but just carrying your junk around like a teen girl, I find ridiculous looking and really feminine. But I truly do not care, I have a good friend that uses one, he is not American though.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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::::sigh:::: A purse by any other name...

If a man has to carry anything it should be a briefcase, laptop case, map case or courier bag, the latter two in canvas. Anything else is a purse!

Alternative: Stop wearing tight pants so you have some room in your pockets!
your kidding, right?


a man only has but so many pockets. duh !!!

who cares what you call it.

there are times when you need something to hold all your stuff.

we have way too many hangups here for what men can and cannot do, or wear, or have.
we really need to get over it already.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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I do not see the reason to carry so much stuff, it is like everyone is going on a three day hike to go down the block to the store or something.

When I did have a lot to carry, I threw it in a backpack, problem solved.

Disclaimer: do what you like, should not be so concerned about what others think, at least in regards to this topic, it is just a bag, purse, whatever it is called.

My opinion: I think those bags are goofy looking, look ok I guess if someone is actually using for a purpose like work, but just carrying your junk around like a teen girl, I find ridiculous looking and really feminine. But I truly do not care, I have a good friend that uses one, he is not American though.
(Chuckle): will agree with last paragraph. And there is more to it.

Men can't carry man-purses in the U.S., it's just effete. That is the social convention, and has been as long as I've been alive and to far before my great-grandfather's day off the boat from Ireland.

Hate the game, not the playa.

In my free time, I carry a cell phone literally in my hand, CC billfold from Saddleback in a front pocket (small), and a couple personal protection items that are also very small. Nothing more is needed, unless the car keys must be with me (occasionally).

Going somewhere related to work, a beach, or similar, Saddleback Leather products are indeed exquisite man-bags.

These are the ONLY accessory I am complemented on somewhat-regularly by strangers @work and traveling (couple times per year, on-average). Oddly too, the complementor is usually another guy: rare indeed, we usually don't remark on such stuff among ourselves. They are top-quality, at equally high prices, though not crazy-expensive and also highly rugged and functional.

For business: my Saddleback large brief, in the original dark tobacco color, carries the following: laptop (16") w/foam protective case (not needed, but doesn't hurt for shock absorption). Brush, badges, small CC wallet, couple small to medium cash purses w/computer adapters, couple pens, earplugs, clips, that's about it. Also can carry a laptop power supply, though I've added enough around my work areas that I usually don't need to.

They look masculine, with a detachable shoulder strap. I've hauled it across three continents, though frankly a wheeled tote is the smarter move in airports: watch what pilots and other air crew use! The movie "Up in the Air" with George Clooney made a gag out of this, too, though there was quite a bit of truth to it.

Point is the Saddleback looks cool, in addition to being functional. At my age, I've observed: backpacks are for weekend outings in the forest, college kids, bohemians, and IT worker-bees (technical dorks). Briefcases: investment bankers. Something in-between, non-placarded with "Kenneth Cole", corporate logos, or similar vulgarity: modern managers concerned with both style AND substance.

I have a medium black computer case also from Saddleback as a car-bag. Holds some self-protection items, all cased, and a few other emergency items. Can be carried, as a smaller briefcase, too (in conjunction with rolling tote, see earlier paragraph) or taken into/out of the trunk.

Both have clips for keys, too, and can convert to backpacks with the straps configured just-so.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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your kidding, right?


a man only has but so many pockets. duh !!!

who cares what you call it.

there are times when you need something to hold all your stuff.

we have way too many hangups here for what men can and cannot do, or wear, or have.
we really need to get over it already.
Nope! Not kidding. Most have pockets enough to carry everything they need as I've already specified. Work is another matter and there are plenty of appropriate 'totes' that aren't purses.

Just how effeminate do you suggest men should be become? I think purses takes the so-called metrosexual to a whole other realm.

Long live the Retrosexual!
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Carry less stuff.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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He's definitely an alpha male, so there'd be no danger of it making him look effeminate, so I don't know why he (and other men) won't just do it.
Work on him I'm sure you know how to get your way
You know how we just throw out a supposedly innocent comment here or there, and/or whisper on the pillow at night.
I'm sure you could (eventually) bring him around How about gift him one. You could let him pick it out maybe? If you could get him over whatever his hesitancy is, he might see the benefit.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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I see more men carrying some form of bag these days. I myself will often carry a lumbar pack slung over my shoulder or some form of backpack or messenger bag to carry stuff. I don't like stuffing my pockets with smart phone, keys, wallet, etc. Most times I just leave these items in the car when I'm going places, but during times I have to do some walking I'll bring a bag of some sort.

Today there are a lot of options for more masculine looking packs, particularly from brands that market "tactical" lines of gear like Maxpedition, S.O. Tech, Condor etc. There's also the brands geared towards outdoors and students such as North Face, Osprey, and Timbuk2 which all have lot's of carrying options.
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