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7 Essential Designer Bags for the Stylish Man

From daily use to travel, these are the bags the stylish man totes.
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Designer bags can be investment pieces when you're an on-the-go gentleman. Not only do they add a stylish touch, but they're a symbol of quality and timeless design.

Look into any stylish gentleman’s wardrobe and you’ll find at least one of these bags:

Louis Vuitton Keepall


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One of the brand’s flagship products, the Louis Vuitton Keepall was introduced in 1930. The Keepall was originally intended to be a luggage piece, but modern men have utilized it as a gym bag, weekender, and its smallest variation, an everyday bag.

Famous details: The Louis Vuitton Keepall comes in four different sizes: 45, 50, 55, 60 and has been remade in countless variations. From the metal fittings and leather details, down to the rolled handles and uniform stitching, the duffle is ingrained with the French Maison's deep history.

Hermès Sac à Dépêches


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The Hermès Sac à Dépêches is one of the French house’s all-time best sellers. Superior craftsmanship and muted but classic Hermès details are the true highlights of the iconic briefcase.

Famous details: One of the defining features is the concertina-like structure, a notable detail considering the level of skill needed to craft it. The briefcase is topped with Hermès' signature lock and clochette.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare


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Compared to the other brands in this list, WANT can be considered a newcomer. Launched in 2006, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie was built with architecture and design in mind. The brand was quickly picked up by fashion folk and street style stars, with the O’Hare Shopper Tote as its most coveted product.

Famous details: The O’Hare tote gets raves due to its modern and masculine reinvention of the tote bag.

Prada Nylon Backpack


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In the 90s, Prada’s nylon line not only made a major impact on women, it also proved useful to men. The lightweight and durable collection featured minimalist and stylish designs that have proven their timelessness for over two decades.

Famous details: Prada has continually released different versions of the nylon backpack. These days, the brand’s logo is inconspicuously placed in the back. Saffiano leather tabs, metal fittings, and strap details make up the iconic backpack.

Gucci GG Supreme Suitcase


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The Gucci suitcase was a 70s airport style icon in itself. Clark Gable, Ringo Starr, and Peter Sellers were but a few of the many fans of the house's travel bag.

Famous details: The suitcase is done in both Supreme monogram and brown suede variations with rich leather details, while the center of the bag is decorated with the immediately recognizable Gucci red and green web stripe.

Goyard Ambassade

At 225-years-old, Goyard is one of the oldest brands in the world. Like Louis Vuitton, the brand got its start from crafting trunks and basic leather goods. Women may have the Goyard St. Louis tote but men have the Ambassade. 

Famous details: A tote-style briefcase, the Goyard Ambassade is a versatile piece. It can easily go from business to casual and carries quite a bit for its size. The signature chevron Goyardine pattern adds an Old World touch to the bag.

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Hermès Steve


Hermès is home to a selection of iconic men's bags. The Steve is the brand's answer to the messenger style, a sophisticated bag that serves the on-the-go man well, from travel to daily use.

Famous details: The Hermès Steve is a great example of less is more, with a simple design that puts the focus on craftsmanship. The two front leather tabs provide easy access while being stylishly discreet.

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is a style writer based in Manila. He writes about everything fashion related for Town & Country Philippines and is a fan of French style, period dramas, and all things preppy.
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