23 April 2009

Man Bags and Men's Pants

The Man Bag, we all know what they are, messenger style bags worn by men. Louis Vuitton messenger bags, which some sell for over $1500 USD, can be considered as a staple fashion accessory for businessmen or jet setters. These fine quality leather goods represent class and luxury. With those two images in mind it is easy to imagine the contents of the bag-contracts, laptop, and travel documents. Flash over to trend followers of today, big difference. The manner in which some men combine their choice of garment with these accessories, actually does a great disservice to the brand.

Without passing too much judgement when you see someone who does not fit the typical description of a businessman based on his appearance carrying one of these bags, brings to mind one question. What are they really carrying in those bags? I've seen men at the club, who are not promoting or DJing, carrying these bags. Are they carrying hand lotion and a hair brush? It seems as though they are just looking for way to display their, however limited, expertise on class and luxury. Another thing I noticed is that there is a definite division regarding choice of line whether it's Monogram Canvas (aka billboard print) or Epi Leather. Trendy bag wearers are likely to sport items from the Monogram Canvas line. I must also mention that probably 85% of these bags are actually fakes.

Men's Pants ...At what point do they become too tight?

If asked to identify a few men who are considered influential to current styles and fashion-Sean John, Justin Timberlake, TI, and Kayne West would be on the list. Apart from the financial means to dress like a man with stature and the grown up factor, the media is partly responsible for holding these men to a high standard of presentation. These men have made a full transition to become an icon through sophistication and class but still paying homage to their humble beginnings.

Here lies the problem. There seems to be some lapse in communication when this is the result.

(this picture was chosen at random and was not meant to spotlight or disrespect the identity of the individuals)

The increasing popularity of these over-tight pants make me wonder if these guys are a part of some elite society that I dont know about.

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