A new season means it’s time for a new bag (or two), right dudes? Our ace menswear correspondent has an edit of the best new men’s luxury designer bags for Spring Summer 2023, including backpacks and messenger bags from Bottega Veneta, Prada and more.
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Free your pockets. They’re already overbooked. They cannot be expected to hold your: phone, wallet, keys, cards, hand sanitizer, book, sunglasses and possibly your hands when you don’t know what else to do with them (or want to get a fit pic off). It’s far too much to ask of limited pocket real estate, especially when the jackets come off as the temps warm up. The solution is simple: a bag.
Historically, guy’s bags have led with utility. Again, the alternative to full pockets. The possibility of a hands-free life and a vessel to carry all your stuff. But we’re experiencing a major shift in perspective. Increasingly, the wide world of men’s bags, having shed the troublesome and reductive “murse” moniker, offers a whole new way to think about the things we carry. A bag—be it crossbody, over-the-shoulder, backpack, tote or holdall—can be an integral part of your entire fit rather than simply something with which to schlep. It’s an accessory that—bonus!—has a practical purpose.
Options about this spring, particularly as bags have become a booming part of menswear. They come in colorful leathers and canvases in all shapes and sizes, made for your professional life, your everyday commute or your travel itinerary. Here we’ve chosen 15 of the latest and greatest whatever your toting needs. Small, crossbody or waist bags are de rigueur (with good reason—they’re damn handy), but if a sturdy brief or rucksack is more your thing, there are some solid options, too. Carry on!
The 15 Best New Men’s Designer Bags this season
1. Cassette Intreccio Paper Leather Bag by Bottega Veneta
Bottega’s Cassette bag has gotten a LOT of play since its debut, rendered in all sorts of bright hues and unexpected materials. We’re veering towards this smooth leather version in a neutral, but still considered, “Thunder” grey this season.
BUY NOW – $2,900.00.
2. Square Waist Bag by Porter-Yoshida & Co.
No one does nylon like Japan-based Porter Yoshida & Co. This perfectly sized waist bag will keep all your everyday items close at hand.
BUY NOW – $219.00.
3. Calf Leather Shoulder Bag by Jil Sander
This little bag is destined to be part of a big fit with its bordeaux leather and braided strap.
4. Nylon and Leather Crossbody Bag by Prada
Prada’s two most famous materials—nylon (regenerated from recycled materials) and Saffiano leather—come together in this versatile crossbhttps://www.dandelionchandelier.com/2023/04/12/luxury-suede-for-men/ody made for slingin’.
BUY NOW – $1,750.00.
5. Shoulder Bag by Marni
This bag is for those days when you’re going directly from the beach to your friend’s art opening.
6. Maiko Medium Leather Tote Bag by A.P.C.
Don’t sleep on A.P.C.’s leather goods. Its French minimalist approach is evident in this sturdy, supple leather tote. BUY NOW – $586.00.
7. Sil Tote Bag by And Wander
And Wander makes outdoor gear that could easily be worn on city streets. Its Sil tote is tear and water-resistant and could probably survive a monsoon, but we’re especially digging its turmeric color.
BUY NOW – $205.00.
8. Logo Patch Tote Bag by Our Legacy
Sometimes you just need to throw all your miscellany in a bag and get moving. This is the bag for that.
BUY NOW – $315.00.
9. Khaki UL 3 Way Backpack by Engineered Garments
Handheld tote bag, backpack or shoulder bag? Yes. Look at that, one less decision to make.
BUY NOW – $265.00.
10. Kastrup Leather Trimmed Nylon Backpack by WANT Les Essentiels
WANT’s Kastrup backpack is somehow both perfectly suited to a city commute and stylish enough to avoid office drone associations.
BUY NOW – $425.00.
11. Leather Trimmed Canvas Backpack by Brunello Cucinelli
When someone says they’re taking a gap year to find themselves by backpacking through Europe, this is probably not the one they’re taking. Brunello’s bag has more “taking my private jet to the vineyard” vibes.
BUY NOW – $4,495.00.
12. The Triumph Briefcase in Green by Lotuff
All handmade in Providence, Rhode Island, Lotuff’s leather pieces immediately feel special. Don’t you want to feel special walking into the boardroom?
BUY NOW – $1,400.00.
13. Nomad Suede Holdall by Métier
Now’s the time for suede. Seize the opportunity!BUY NOW – $3,950.00.
14. Logan Nylon Holdall Bag by The Row
Lightweight nylon, durable canvas straps and a pistachio latte color that could only come from the sophisticated sensibility of The Row. Is there a long weekend soon?
BUY NOW – $1,990.00.
15. Spinner 55 Cabin Bag by FPM Milano
If you haven’t booked a summer getaway, perhaps this chic and indestructible spinner will convince you now’s the time.
BUY NOW – $2,031.00.
Best New Men’s Luxury Designer Bags for Spring Summer 2023
That’s our expert’s take on the best of the new luxury designer backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags and more for Spring Summer 2023. What’s at the top of your shopping list, dear reader?