Archive for the 'Public Image' Category

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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Sean Combs: The size of your man purse matters

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Rap and fashion authority Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy; P. Diddy; Sean John; Jennifer Lopez’s ex; his mother’s son) dishes out advice about elevator scents, home lighting, and body hair in a recent issue of Details magazine. But we know what you’ve all been waiting for from the hip-hop mogul: his guidance on men’s carrying [...]

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Man-purse denial

Monday, March 20th, 2006

What? This? A purse? No, silly, it’s not a purse. It’s a . . . a messenger bag. A shoulder bag. A “European carryall.” I’m a man. Please don’t call it a purse.
There’s a fine but important line between man-purse humor and man-purse denial. Man-purse humor is . . . well, funny. Man-purse denial is [...]

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Clear the runways — man purses set for takeoff

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Do not fret, Michael Remis. Designers all around the world are working hard for you and your cargo pants: Paving the way for man-purse safety in high school, but also in the workplace and on the runways.
Behold but two snippets from the fall collections of John Varvatos (left) and John Bartlett (right), two designers on [...]

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A desperate plea for man purses

Friday, February 24th, 2006

At this very moment, all around the world, untold numbers of young men are aching with desire — for a man purse. If only they could carry one without being thought . . . you know, “sissy.” Or worse, unfashionable.
Don’t believe it? The private writings of Winnipeg teenager Michael Remis provide a small window into [...]

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Can’t match Ken’s man-purse style

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

We figured the Ken-doll wannabes in our audience might be eager to learn exactly what man-purse model Barbie’s once and future boytoy was sporting in last week’s makeover extravaganza. And we’d love to identify it for you — if we could find it.
Careful scrutiny of the photographic evidence reveals a slightly floppy, leatherish, tall bag [...]

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Man-purse Ken: threat or menace?

Friday, February 10th, 2006

This week’s big man-purse news, of course, is the reintroduction of Mattel’s Ken doll — tan, rested, and ready after a two-year break from Barbie, his longtime girlfriend. The new Ken has two outfits: One is a beach getup that will be available in stores soon. But the other, featured more prominently in the rush [...]

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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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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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Beauty and the weak — of stomach

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

This week’s man-purse poster boy is apparently concerned about his street cred.
“I consider myself more a nerd than a geek,” Josh Herman tells the Detroit Free Press. His distinction is interesting, but does little to explain the man purse he wears in his publicity photo from the WB’s “Beauty and the Geek,” in which Herman [...]

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