Archive for May, 2006

May is for man purse

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

As usual, a summary of our favorite posts on man purses, messenger bags, and other important male accessories from the Satchel Pages this month:

Two ways to find out what’s inside your man bag: in the dark and in the future.

A tour of Timbuk2’s custom messenger bag builder.

Jewel-encrusted man-clutches, anyone? Terrence?

Bailout bags: man purses of last [...]

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A wheeled carry-on backpack

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

One term we excluded from our search for the most popular names for a man purse last week was carry on. That’s because — like most airlines — we distinguish between bulky luggage stuffed into an overhead bin and those “personal items” you can usually sneak to your seat with. Man bags, messenger bags, and [...]

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What to call your man purse so it doesn’t seem out of the ordinary

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Our last post on Google Trends and its implications for man-bag carriers everywhere left out a few terms that people might use to refer to a man’s handbag. So today we’ll set out to see if we can find a better answer to a simple question:
If you want to make it sound as innocuous and [...]

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Google’s guide to renaming your man purse

Monday, May 15th, 2006

A new tool from Google makes it easier than ever for nervous male carriers of handbags to decide what they can safely call their man purse. The tool is called Google Trends, and it allows you to compare the popularity of various search terms over the last few years.
How is this useful to the pursed [...]

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Bailout bags: Man purses for emergencies

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Help us out here. Yesterday we introduced County Comm’s Bail Out Bag (Generation 5!) without stopping to explain what a “bailout bag” might be.
Many of our readers may already know what a bailout bag is, but we have a strong suspicion that not all of you would be able to agree on a single definition.
For [...]

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County Comm’s bailout bag: Makes you feel un-girly

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Reader Jonathan Coupe writes in to tell us about the fifth-generation Bail Out Bag from tactical-gear and watch supplier County Comm:
They’re shaped like a small courier bag, with the addition of really well-thought-out outside pockets. The bag’s charms are those pockets, it’s toughness and comfort — they’re designed for cops.

The bailout bag measures approximately 14 [...]

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Out Your Backdoor: man-bag-in-purse action, plus a Swedish three-way

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

A reader writes . . .
Like many, I got tired of having so much banging around in various pockets. Tired of stuff falling out when I leaned over. Tired of not having what I needed, of not having things to help me fritter away some time when I got stuck somewhere.
Now, I always have a [...]

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A man purse for walkers

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Just because you have stability or mobility issues doesn’t mean you can’t carry a man purse! Our stand-out pick for walker wielders who want a pouch for personal items but might have trouble with a torso-wrapping strap is the Side Mount Walker Carryon, from Homecare Products, Inc.
The bag is lightweight (at least until you fill [...]

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A special request: Your opinions on straps

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

For an upcoming post, we’d like to hear from readers who have opinions on bag straps — for camera bags, messenger bags, carry-on bags, briefcases . . . any kind of device carried by strapping men.
Do you have a favorite shoulder strap, handle, or grip that you use — or would like to use? Is [...]

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The $15,000 man purse

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

More details emerge on the fist-filling man bag that movie star Terrence Howard was waving all over the place at the Academy Awards earlier this spring.
Mr. Howard’s black alligator clutch, it turns out, was created by handbag designer Ralph Barbero of Barbero Sicily, and just became available to Oscar-nominee wannabes at a San Francisco boutique [...]

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