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Essentials 7 July 2022

Essential Men’s Bags For Every Occasion

A guide into the realm of bags.

If anything, the lockdown has definitely taught us that you don’t need a special occasion to show off that fine-looking bag you have. Any day is a good day. Explore the realm of bags for each occasion with Team Monde to shop for your essential accessories wardrobe. We have curated a collection of a perfect type for different categories, from going to school to travel. Utility and style all at once.

Words By Thuy Nguyen

For Study

Starting with backpacks for your school day or a study date with your classmates. The backpack is the go-to to carry all your school essentials in style. It is for a relaxed and chic look.

We are all so familiar with the classic oval shape, coming in one big main compartment and a small front pocket. Polo Ralph Lauren offers the oval shape navy blue backpack made with canvas. Canvas fabric is no doubt one of the best when it comes to holding the shape of the bag and providing comfort. A leather backpack like the Tommy Hilfiger signature black backpack is another trendy and practical option. Black leather is an all-time favourite look, so definitely hop on this one.

Drawstrings backpack such as the ones Rick Owens stocking is a unique look – minimalistic and casual. But Rick Owens has spiced it up with a bright orange colour.

For those who love a more adventurous look, many brands offer the hiking shape like the classic Herschel backpack. Rains’ rolltop backpack is of a similar category but more simplified.

Polo Ralph Lauren Backpack, $169 – available at The Iconic

For Work

Next up we have laptop bags, ideal for work days. Laptop bags can be messenger bags or briefcases. They are usually in a rectangle shape that will fit your laptop or A4-sized document, hence why we love them for office days.

Going to work, we aim for a chic and refined impression, leather is definitely our desired look. Aquila’s Montoro messenger designed to fit effortlessly into the modern men’s look is perfect for those looking for the minimalistic and contemporary style.

If you are into a more vintage, Berluti has the one for you. Their 1 Jour Venezia Leather briefcase has a rusty brown look, with a detachable shoulder strap and logo embossed on the front.

Another interesting option we have is the canvas briefcase coming from Etro. The briefcase has a casual yet aesthetic look with a paisley pattern in burgundy red and tan brown. The product was woven together using the jacquard technique, giving it an intricate texture.

Salvatore Ferragamo Logo-Detailed Textured-Leather Briefcase, £1341.69 – available at MR PORTER

For Socialising

Hanging out with friends and in need of a light and convenient bag? The belt bag is for sure the trend in recent years.

They are small pouches that carry your essentials and can be easily buckled around your waist. The rise of belt bags came in with the growing popularity of the casual and laid-back style. It is the hands-free bag we are looking for.

The simple tourist belt bag we used to see at tourist sites, many brands took the design to another level, making the belt bags we see today not only functional but stylish. Moncler’s nylon belt bag is taking the hiking aesthetics into it while Balenciaga’s leather belt bag is giving a classy and minimalistic look.

The street-style or modern look is also a very common design in belt bags. Levi’s offered one with denim patches in their classic blue denim colour. It will definitely stand out with even a simple outfit tee and jeans.

Balenciaga Logo-Print Leather Belt Bag, $1600 – available at MATCHESFASHION

For Traveling

Duffle bags are the perfect partner for short holidays or carry-on luggage. Stem from the original top entry, duffles nowadays take many shapes and forms. There are so many options to choose from classy looking for your business trip to sporty duffles for the boys’ getaway. They are incredibly convenient as they can easily fit your shoes, clothes and essentials, basically, all you need for a trip.

The North Face, a very common outdoor clothing brand we see here in Australia, brings to us a futuristic look with the white flyweight duffle bag. It is durable and waterproof, super practical for hiking or camping.

Another option we love is the R.M. Williams’ leather ute bag. Its design is timeless and high-class. R.M Williams has always been famous for the high quality and durability in their craftsmanship, which was well communicated in the design of this bag.

A modern but not so sporty option is the Jacquemus’ weekender bag coming in a radiant apple green colour. The trapezium-shaped bag is made of canvas, giving it a good form and does not come with an overwhelming amount of details, yet will not fail to impress.

Jacquemus Le Sac à Linge Weekender Bag, $1265 – available at Farfetch

For Shopping

Simple but aesthetically and expressive – tote bag is not a new look recently yet it never loses its heat. They come in such simple shapes but what makes them so special is the colours, patterns or graphics printed. It is an amazing way to express your aesthetics. The great thing about it is the spacious compartment that could hold many things while you are out shopping.

Bottega Veneta presented a tote bag made of padded nylon which is practical for its lightweight and huge inner space and has a very contemporary look. This is the modern street style that will promise to make you stand out.

The next tote bag that is our favourite is Marni’s cellulose fibre shopping bag. The brownish-green colour is set on more of a neutral tone, yet a very quirky colour. The logo printed in a bubbly font with a zebra pattern is a big bonus point.

And we can not forget the crochet trend that everyone has been raving about. ASOS Design has a vintage take on the tote bag with crochet technique. The colour is vibrant and the pattern has a 70s vibe.

Bottega Veneta Cassette Large Intrecciato-Nylon Tote Bag, $4320 – available at MATCHESFASHION