The good thing about men’s bag “trends”, if you may, is that because of the slow pace by which men’s fashion moves, little investments in bags pay off through a significant period of time. Take the tote: scandalously feminine when it made its debut about ten years ago—ubiquitous and almost ruggedly utilitarian today. The clutch, which I had previously shunned, seems to make perfect sense now.
It’s handy, it packs the overflow of essentials pockets can’t carry, and unlike smaller bags with straps on them, clutches do nothing to obstruct the lines of a carefully-chosen outfit and do little to stir the harmony of proportions in a look. The leather “paper bag” clutch was one of the pieces that stood out for me on the Jil Sander Fall 2012 runway, I thought it would be a useful, more relaxed counterpart to my Céline.