Archive for April, 2006

April’s man purses: the month in review

Friday, April 28th, 2006

At month’s end, here’s a quick review of April’s best posts in the Satchel Pages:

Man purses you can wear that no one will notice: hidden cargo shorts, undercover holsters, harnesses, underarm and leg pouches, and more.

Cogent commentary on the man-bag phenomenon and related fashion advice from Sean Combs, Variety magazine, and a California waitress.

Lore Sjöberg [...]

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Specialized bags for record holders

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

We spend most of our energy at this site exploring bags and satchels that serve a broad cross section of the male population. But men hesitant to jump on the man-purse bandwagon should be aware of the myriad specialty man bags that have provided for the extremely particular needs of male workers conducting important, technical, [...]

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A backpack suitable for the working world

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

One of the most difficult parts of the transition from college to full-time work is ditching your favorite bookbag for something more . . . suitable for the office. Your Jansport backpack may have stuck by you through countless library treks and day hikes, but you’d might as well be carrying a Hefty trash bag [...]

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Man-bag innovations: The Shling

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

How’s that heavy laptop bag treating you? Does it ever make you feel like you’re lugging a bag full of golf clubs over your shoulder?

If that’s the case, you and your aching neck may be interested in the latest innovation in man-purse technology: The OGIO Shling.
OGIO, a company that makes bags for a wide variety [...]

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Gadget-worn pockets: The law-enforcement solution

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Writing in the current issue of Make magazine, technology columnist Andy Ihnatko enumerates the hassles of storing gear in your pants:
Every night, you have to empty all of your pockets. Every morning, you have to fill ’em up again. And portable pockets (in the form of belt pouches) are a mere Band-Aid solution. Unless your [...]

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The diagonal toolbelt

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Deep in the comments section of Lore Sjöberg’s Wired News column on backpacks, satchels, fanny packs, and other man-purse standins, a reader alerts us that the bandolier of the author’s dreams may already exist.
Mr. Sjöberg, you may recall, touted the manly qualities of bandoliers in his article, and imagined a celebrity-ridden campaign encouraging their widespread [...]

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Escaping physical danger with your man purse

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Writing in response to Lore Sjöberg’s column in Wired News, Andrew Bradley — a self-described satchel-wearer of a few years — offers an original technique for defending his man-purse-hood:
Fine, the damn thing looks like a purse. What can I do? Men have used purses since they were invented. Long before women were trusted with valuables. [...]

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Great moments in man-purse journalism: Episode 1

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Regular readers of the Satchel Pages are probably aware that we do not shy from media criticism, especially when the work of journalism in question exhibits shoddy reporting or lazy generalizations. But if we’re going to point out flaws when they are apparent, we should also dish out kudos when they are deserved, especially in [...]

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Coping with change

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Think nobody’s paying much attention to you at the coffee shop as you pause while paying to noodle for quarters at the bottom of your surprisingly deep pockets?
Think again. That seemingly blasé waitress is not only judging you: she’s blogging your annoying habits too.
And if you live in California and your waitress happens to call [...]

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An inkling of the coming post-man-purse era

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

What? Could the end of the great man-purse experiment be upon us already?
A brief item in last week’s Variety treats the current wave of man-purse confessions (see Puff Daddy’s, for example, below) as if it were merely the wake resulting from a fashion belly flop.

A mere four sentences, the featurette describes two non-pursey options for [...]

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