Category: 

What is a Man Purse?

Article Details
  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 19 November 2016
  • Copyright Protected:
    2003-2016
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article
Free Widgets for your Site/Blog
Although they mainly functioned as downspouts, gargoyles were also intended to scare people into attending church.  more...

December 3 ,  1989 :  The Cold War officially ended.  more...

A man purse is an all purpose bag or satchel designed to be carried and used by men. It tends to be somewhat larger than a lady's purse, partially to eliminate confusion between a man's bag and a women's hand purse. The bags are quite handy, allowing men to carry an assortment of necessary belongings throughout the day without having to use an informal backpack or an overly formal briefcase. Several designers offer variations on a man purse.

As a general rule, a man purse has a single large strap so that it can be slung over the shoulder. The larger size often accommodates a laptop, large books, or necessary files and papers. One common variant on the man purse is a messenger bag, a type of bag commonly used by bicycle messengers and postmen. Messenger bags can be quickly accessed because they have wide openings, making them very convenient for people in a hurry.

When a bag is consciously designed as a man purse, it is usually kept simple, so that it will be unobtrusive on the wearer. Men's bags can be made from nylon, leather, cotton, and canvas, just like women's, but they tend to be designed in more subdued colors and styles. If the bag does feature embroidery or a design, it is usually in the form of the manufacturer's seal or logo. Extraneous buckles, zippers, and straps are also kept to a minimum.

Ad

Although some people find the concept of a man purse laughable, satchels for men can be extremely useful, and some women use them as well. The large size accommodates a range of items which would otherwise have to be carried by hand or in an assortment of awkward bags. Objects like wallets and cell phones can be stored in inner pockets so that they will not destroy the line of a nice pair of pants, while the user can also store things he or she might need to use over the course of a day.

A good man purse will have a wide, sturdy strap so that the wearer can carry a heavy bag. An inner pocket is often extremely useful for small items, to ensure that they do not fall to the bottom of the bag. The design can range from a casual messenger bag to a more formal bag which may be appropriate for more situations, and the bag should also be strong, with reinforced seams and solid stitching. If the bag is going to be used to carry a laptop, additional padding is strongly recommended to insulate against shock.

Ad

You might also Like

Recommended

Discuss this Article

anon220552
Post 4

Throughout history men have been carrying things in satchels. So I don't see why people are making a big deal. It's nothing new.

Planch
Post 3

I really like the new Gucci man purse...

googlefanz
Post 2

@copperpipe -- I really disagree. I think that a man purse, when used appropriately, is a very useful, practical item to have around.

My friend uses a small man purse, and the man purse jokes never end.

I mean, its not like my friends man purse is feminine looking or anything -- it's just your normal, leather man purse.

I think people should just realize that men need to carry things too, so get over the man purse phobia.

CopperPipe
Post 1

I've never been a fan of the man purse -- just by a briefcase or use a backpack, for crying out loud!

You can call it a satchel or bag or a leather satchel or whatever you want to call it, but the fact remains, it's a purse.

Just get a backpack, purses should be for girls.

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email