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October 2, 2012

Leather Paper Bag

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.

Jil Sander leather "paper bag" clutch

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.

This version of the Jil Sander leather lunch bag features two semi-stiff "bars" on top that act as a frame you can grasp as you carry the bag.

Without handles or straps, clutches should never be too heavy. This one comes unlined, but beautifully finished, with sensible patch pockets for organization.


  • Aldous Wright
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Sweet, simple and tasteful. Perfect for nearly anything I’d wear. Great choice!

  • Duck
    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I am so ridiculously jealous that you have this bag!

    I hummed and hawed about getting one when they first came out but I should have just splurged immediately because they sold out here on day one. I’m a bit surprised it’s unlined – like Mulberry bags too – I always prefer a nice lining. My nails end up black by the end of the day if I use my unlined leather bag…

    My Adaism alternative is currently on its way from Portugal. I’m excited.

  • Izzy
    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Congrats! Oh I thought you got the Jil! Glad to hear that a blog post of mine sparked a purchase!

  • Hannah
    October 2nd, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Love it!

  • amo
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    it’s a little bit odd
    i’m not sure it’s confy to wear it


  • Domenic Bartlett-Roylance
    October 3rd, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Want it.


  • Andrew
    October 3rd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    fits you perfectly!

  • Troy
    October 3rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    pictured is the women’s version

  • wcgut
    October 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    this is not fair PERIOD!

  • fashiondacci
    October 6th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    it looks ok, not that femme to me, can be unisex.

  • Juanduh
    October 6th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    It is perfect!

  • Tara
    June 24th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hello !
    Great choice ! Do you Know where I can find letters like those ones (jil sander silver’s one) ? I am doing my DIY and I want to have my name written on my bag !
    Thank you !

  • Izzy
    June 25th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Tara: Try some leather craft stores, they might have individual letters that you can punch in yourself.

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