Archive for January, 2006

How to unload that guilt you’re lugging around

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

So you’ve tasted the forbidden pleasure of carrying a laptop bag without a laptop inside. But the weight of these occasional indiscretions is beginning to bear heavily on your conscience. What if someone discovers your secret?
There’s no need to panic. You need to transfer that uncertainty you’re feeling onto other people. Make them wonder, and [...]

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The shameful secret behind that lonely laptop

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Perhaps the most insidious of entrees into the world of man purses is through the laptop bag. The great bonus of having a laptop case is that you can carry around so much extra stuff with you whenever you have to bring your computer: cables and computer accessories, sure, but also your cell phone, iPod, [...]

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Pack a purse, spare the fanny

Friday, January 27th, 2006

An L.A. grad student and serial online dater who calls herself “The Uncaught Catch” describes a harrowing experience with her latest in what looks to be a series of Mr. Wrongs. Her date’s fatal faux pas? Wearing a fanny pack.
We sat down at the sushi bar and all of a sudden, FannyPacMan (his new name) [...]

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Chewbacca’s purse hits talk radio

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

We thought we had covered the Chewbacca man-purse controversy rather thoroughly earlier, but we apparently failed to include any chewy insights from a true expert on the subject. That expert would be Glenn Mendler, who refers to himself as the Joseph Campbell chair of Mythology at Lucas College and the author of Chewbacca’s Purse: Androgyny [...]

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Chewbacca’s purse

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

What do Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars have in common? Well, yes, Harrison Ford, but also . . . anyone? anyone?
Both feature . . . yes, a man purse. In Star Wars, though, it’s worn by the wookiee. That thing is a purse, isn’t it? “I know it’s not suspenders, ’cause he’s [...]

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The second-littlest man purse

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Man-bag tour guide Joe Ganley alerts us to Mr. Smith’s Jimi, which might be right for you if you buy into the whole pocket-purse thing but altering mint boxes isn’t your bag. The Jimi is longer and wider than an Altoids tin, but thinner — big enough, say its creators, to store up to five [...]

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The littlest man purse

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

What’s the simplest, cheapest man purse available? An Altoids tin, of course. It’s available in upscale convenience stores everywhere, if you factor in mint value it costs next to nothing, and though it doesn’t hold much, it’s small enough you can keep it in your pocket. Does that make it a wallet? You can call [...]

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Taking it from the streets

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Freitag is German for Friday, which makes this as good a day as any to discuss Willy, Fritz, and Horst — three man purses from Freitag, that Swiss company that makes bags mostly from used truck tarps. Yes, they’re “European,” but what greater street cred could anyone hope for than . . . from the [...]

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Keeping up with the Jones bags

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

There’s the Indiana Purse Defense, and then there’s the Indiana Purse Obsession: Collectors of MKVII gas-mask bags will want to compare their findings with those of the sartorial archeologists at Indygear. A good tool for wannabes deciding among originals, knockoffs, lookalikes, and reproductions.

Raiders of the lost murse [The Satchel Pages]
Indiana Jones Shoulder Bag [Indygear]
Indiana Jones [...]

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Raiders of the lost murse

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

In man-bag lore, one satchel-bearing figure looms over the rest, providing cultural cover to countless purse-toting fellers. No, we don’t mean Kermit (here he’s just being a copy-frog). We mean Indiana Jones.
“Indiana Jones wore one” is the wail of wounded young man-purse wearers everywhere. If you find yourself toting out the Indiana Purse Defense, though, [...]

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