It's no longer OK to make fun of someone's "Manbag" or "Murse".
That's just how it is now.
Some men used to be able to get away with turning their noses up at other men who needed to carry their things around in some kind of vessel, but those days are gone. It's not so much political correctness as it is the fact that now, everybody needs some kind of bag. It's no longer possible to stash your things in your pockets or tote them around in a ratty backpack that you should have trashed the day after graduation. Are you going to carry your iPad around like a little clutch purse? No you are not. Even once resistant males find themselves carrying around some kind of tote or messenger bag, or at the very least, a modern soft-sided briefcase, and sales of men's accessories are way up. How else are we to transport the multiple electronic devices and all the other accouterments we must have with us from moment to moment? You don't believe us? Just walk into Barneys on Madison Avenue. The renovated women's main floor has famously been called a "sea of bags", but walk over to the men's side and you will see pretty much the same thing —just in darker, more subdued tones, of course.
This all brings us to the Caputo & Co. Weekender Duffel pictured above and available this Fall. The Shophound stopped by the showroom a couple of weeks ago to get a closer look at Alex Caputo's Fall line, and while there were other terrific bags there as well —smart lightweight totes and oversized messenger bags— It was the duffel that caught our eye. A little big for daily use, perhaps, but it is the perfect for that nylon duffel you may still be using on weekend trips. Made in handsome olive or midnight blue leather, the delight here is not just the simple and functional design, but the super-lightweight construction that will actually make it much easier to carry around. Even better is the price, $450 which, while not inconsequential, stacks up quite favorably compared to other all-leather duffels that easily approach (and exceed) the $1,000 mark. Aside from the bags, there was also a growing collection of cleverly designed belts including unexpected colors and reversible styles and, of course, more of the leather and fabric bracelets in new colors and often refreshed with new metal clasps and detailing for a more tailored finished effect. We could easily have been tempted to scoop ten of them right off the table (thankfully, Alex gave us one of our own before we left) but what has stuck in our mind is that great duffel. If you are still schlepping around that old backpack or ratty gym bag, let this be your notice that it's time to upgrade.
Caputo & Co. (Official Site)