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10 best men’s bags

10 BEST MEN'S BAGS

Never has there been a better time to be a man with stuff. For bags, folks, are having a moment and things have moved on a lot since the days of Joey Tribbiani’s man bag. From totes to cross-body bags and lunch boxes, the spring/summer 2019 men’s catwalks were a love letter to the bag – and it’s a romance we’re fully on board with. 

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1. The belt bag

Eastpak Springer Bag

 

It’d have been pretty hard to miss the humble bum bag’s meteoric rise to fashion stardom. Now it’s a struggle to go to certain enclaves of town without spotting a bum bag or two. Worn in the traditional way or slung casually round the neck, they’re the quickest way to go from normal to ‘fashun’.


Eastpak, Springer Bag, £20

 


2. The smart backpack

Coach Kennedy Backpack

 

Where once the backpack was school boy’s territory, now it’s a decidedly more grown-up affair. Practical, roomy and surprisingly sophisticated, a sleek rucksack is the modern man’s commuting sidekick. Our hands down personal favourite? A black leather iteration.


Coach, Kennedy Backpack, £495

 


3. The classic briefcase

Coach Hudson 5 Bag

 

It doesn’t get more old school, more Hollywood-esque than a suit and a great briefcase. The weighty hardware, the textured leather, the handles… there’s a lot to love about such an iconic piece of menswear kit. Add a long-handled umbrella to get full Gene Kelly vibes.


Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £450

 


4. The pouch

Aspinal Zipped Laptop Case

 

The pouch (or pouchette, muche, murse, whatever you like to call it) has had an official makeover. No longer your girlfriend’s clutch bag, a leather pouch is the sleekest way to carry your clobber and look pretty sophisticated in the process.


Aspinal, Zipped Laptop Case, £350

 


5. The outdoorsy backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack

 

Fulfilling our penchant for technical gear and neon brights, this North Face backpack is precisely the kind of geek-turned-chic we like. Super roomy for all your gear, it’ll fit everything from your headphones to your gym kit, so you’re sure to feel thoroughly backed up.


The North Face, Borealis Backpack, £100

 


6. The streetwear cross-body

Herschel Cruz Crossbody

 

The spring/summer 2019 catwalks were awash with small cross-body bags. Some, worn high up, had hapless tourist vibes (exhibit A: Fendi) which renewed our enthusiasm for dad-dressing. Get in on the trend now with a retro camera bag.


Herschel, Cruz Crossbody, £35

 


7. The luxe bum bag

NICCE Core Reflective Bum Bag

 

Follow A$AP Rocky, Jared Leto et al and grab yourself a bum bag if you haven’t already. This one’s kind of luxe, kind of flash, which we quite enjoy. It says weekend errands but ‘make it fashion’.


NICCE, Core Reflective Bum Bag, £20

 


8. The city/country backpack 

Barbour Whitby Backpack

 

Sometimes after the hustle; and pollution; and self-service checkouts; and hurried flat whites, we crave a bit of the countryside. Thankfully, this Barbour beauty will bring a breath of fresh air to your daily tube kerfuffle.


Barbour, Whitby Backpack, £129

 


9. The weekender

NICCE, Barrel Bag

 

Killing two birds with one stone, the weekend bag is a multitasking dream for it’s both a bag for weekend getaways (naturally) and a great gym bag. Nice.


NICCE, Barrel Bag, £32

 


10. The canvas roll-top bag

Stighlorgan Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag

 

With utilitarian, Scandi vibes, a roll top backpack is minimal without being clinical, cool without trying too hard. It may require a bit of extra work getting stuff out of it but the effort is worth it, trust us.


Stighlorgan, Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag, £140

 


11. The tote

AllSaints Holt Tote Bag

 

In a bit of a fashion evolution, the tote has become bona fide legitimate hand luggage for men. The only thing needed to pull it off? Confidence. This leather version is super smart and just the right size. We’re sold on it, totes.


AllSaints, Holt Tote Bag, £248

 


12. The camo rucksack

Eastpak Macnee Backpack

 

For a fabric designed to blend in, this backpack paradoxically stands out. With its retro, grunge styling and cool, functional design, it’s a must for the urban jungle. Tarzan would be proud.


Eastpak, Macnee Backpack, £55

 


13. The messenger

Aspinal Shadow Messenger

 

The humble satchel has been around in menswear for donkey’s years. It’s got somewhat of a reputation for school kid vibes but use this to your advantage. The cheeky, happy-go-lucky vibes will take you anywhere.


Aspinal, Shadow Messenger, £495

 


14. The It brand bag

Champion Small Messenger Bag

 

As seen on, well, everyone, get in on the brand the Instagram set are sporting now with a messenger bag that feels very de jour. It’s practical, handy and will make you feel like a fashion champ, which is always a good thing.


Champion, Small Messenger Bag, £16
 
 
 

How to set your Easter table

How to set your Easter table

 

Roast lamb, hot cross buns and the ubiquitous chocolate egg: Easter is a foodie’s favourite holiday. Give your culinary creations the best backdrop possible with our guide to setting a colourful scene for an Easter Sunday lunch.

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Prettify with pastel shades

It might be the de rigueur Easter colour combination, but don’t think that yellow and blue can't be beat. For a modern upgrade, consider adding in pink, too; the right shade (hint: more ‘blush’ than ‘Barbie’) will feel chic and fresh. Start with a crisp white tablecloth, then layer up complementing pastel shades. When in doubt? Take your cues from mini eggs’ candy hues.


Add colour with tinted glass

Coloured glass is back in a big way, and those vintage-inspired pastel shades are perfect for Easter dining. It’s a great way to ease colour phobics into the seasonal rush of colour, as the light-reflecting nature of glass prevents bright hues feeling heavy. These tinted tumblers and wine glasses are so easy to mix and match – and you’ll never lose track of which one is yours.


Make the most of spring blooms

As the ultimate symbol of new life, no Easter table is complete without a bunch of fresh blooms. Don’t overdo the daffodils if you’re not a fan of their distinctive scent - instead, take cues from other springtime favourites, like tulips, early blooming roses or even cascading branches of blossom. Add softness to the table by arrange in round vases in varying sizes.


DIY your own decorative eggs

Scores of mini foil-wrapped chocolate eggs scattered along the table are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but far more fun is creating your own hand-decorated versions. Pick up polystyrene eggs from a craft shop - or just relentlessly boil the original variety - then paint in delicate hues, add glue in stripes or polka dots and dip in glitter. Add one to each napkin below a name tag.

 
 

Pastel power

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

The new denim rules

The new denim rules

 

With a fresh new season comes a chance to update the most hard working portion of your wardrobe – your denim. We know too well how easy it can be to fall in love with one pair of jeans and then wear them every day from that moment on, but there is plenty more fun to be had by embracing all these spring styles. For the season ahead, denim takes on a nostalgic feel, whether it be styling a pair of coveted indigo straight-leg jeans with a retro blazer or investing in a Western-style denim dress. Keep reading for your spring denim dressing 101.

 

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The cuts to know


We’re calling it: straight leg jeans might just be the cut of the season. Sacrificing stretch in favour of more rigid styles might sound sartorially risky, but once you find your perfect fit, you’ll realize that these vintage-look, leg-lengthening styles are incredibly flattering – especially when high-waisted. When it comes to length, we suggest a crop just above the ankle to avoid bunching and show off your favourite footwear. If you can’t bear to part with your steadfast skinny jeans (we really don’t blame you), then opt for styles that eschew fussy details and fraying for the fresh simplicity of deep indigo or black with polished top-stitching.



 

 

 

How to style

 

When it comes to our beloved blues this season, it’s definitely not OTT to double up on your denim or even wear it top-to-toe. Try teaming a tailored denim jacket with a culottes-style jean or mix straight, white bottoms with a longline denim coat, there are  plenty of ways you can play with just a couple of styles. Alternatively, swerve the jeans altogether and opt for a super-chic denim shirt dress paired with a statement bag and boots for a cool look with minimal effort.

 

 

 

Fresh colours


For us, blue rigid denim and classic black skinnies will forever be an integral part of our fashion repertoire, but if you do feel like venturing into something a little more adventurous, we suggest dabbling in some alternative colours and fun, printed styles. Just like your failsafe denim staples, a printed style will look chic with a simple tee and leather jacket or mac. Feeling a little more daring? Throw on a leopard print or stripped shirt and embrace the print clashing trend.

 

 

 

 
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Our top 10 stylish suitcases

Our top 10 stylish suitcases

What’s the secret to those impossibly chic celebrity airport snaps? We suspect it’s the snazzy suitcase in tow. Us mere mortals might have to pay a little more attention to cabin dimensions and clever security features, but we’d still like our luggage to look pretty while doing it. Here’s our round-up of covetable cases.

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1. Split personality

Hershel Trade Power Carry On White And Orange Spinner Case

With a splash of punchy orange, this Herschel design certainly puts the fun in functionality. And that isn’t the only thing we love about this cabin case – the internal dividers, multi-directional dual wheels and USB charging port get top marks too.


Herschel, Trade Power Carry On Case, £168

 


2. Space commodity

Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case

 

If you’re looking for a roomy option that's still lightweight, the extra large size of this slick metallic range from Samsonite has had a weight-saving makeover; the perfect excuse to add a couple of extra paperbacks. We love the futuristic feel, too.


Samsonite, Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case, £445

 


3. Off the record

American Tourister Soundbox Bass Denim Blue Hard Spinner Case

 

It doesn’t get much cooler than the Cristiano Ronaldo-approved Soundbox range, which takes its visual cue from vinyl. If this cornflower blue isn’t the hue for you, there’s a whole range of colour pop options.


American Tourister, Soundbox Bass Hard Spinner Case, £129

 


4. Think pink

Lipault Miss Plume Pink Gold 55cm Cabin Spinner

 

We didn’t know we needed a pink suitcase until we saw this show-stopping option from Parisian luggage brand Lipault. One thing is certain – you’re sure to spot it on the carousel.


Lipault, Miss Plume Pink Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £175

 


5. Timeless travel

Ted Baker Ladies Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase

 

From the rose gold zips, handles and wheels to the Saffiano-style envelope pocket, Ted Baker know the devil’s in the details. As well as medium and large sizes, there’s duffle bags and holdalls in the same sleek style.


Ted Baker, Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £225

 


6. On the go

Eastpak Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase

 

For those off on an adventure, Eastpak is hard to beat. This utility-cool grey case comes with a decidedly roomy 42-litre capacity and a 30-year warranty, so you can count on fuss-free travels for the foreseeable future.


Eastpak, Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase, £110

 


7. Cult classic

Biba Logo Navy 8 Wheel Hard Cabin Suitcase

 

For something reassuringly solid, it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this high-shine hard case embossed with the iconic Biba logo. The interior is perfectly practical too – think pockets and panels galore.


Biba, Logo Emboss Cabin Suitcase, £119

 


8. Retro revival

Linea Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase

 

Pairing a vintage-inspired design with modern tech - like a TSA-approved lock – this beauty is the best of both worlds. We’ll be referring to it as our ‘trunk’ and trying to get someone else to carry it for us.


Linea, Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £99

 


9. Blooming lovely

Ted Baker Illusion Floral 4 Wheel Cabin Case

 

Trust Ted Baker to make the list twice. This elegant case features one of their new floral prints (an instant classic, we say) as well as all the beautiful details you’d expect from the brand.


Ted Baker, Illusion Floral Print Suitcase, £225

 


10. True blue

Antler Juno Turquoise Cabin Case

 

Famed for their rigorous 12-point testing system and 10-year guarantees, there’s a reason Antler’s been in business for more than a century. This mood-boosting turquoise blue case - the update to their best-selling Juno range - is our top pick.


Antler, Juno 2 Turquoise Cabin Case, £145