Yea or Nay: Valentino Fall 2012 Men’s Bags

Posted on February 28, 2012

We are, of course, divided over this very important issue. Lorenzo looks at the following items, which can only be called man-clutches (although that sounds dirty), and squeals “I WANT EVERY SINGLE ONE!” Tom, in response, shifts uncomfortably in his seat, the way any longtime spouse might upon finding out about their husband’s sudden interest in cross-dressing.

We’re both man-bag aficionados since before the term “man-bag” got thought up, let alone “murse.” And we have no problem sporting a bag designed with the ladies in mind, if we love it enough. But let’s face it; several of these are pretty much indistinguishable from a woman’s purse from a style perspective. Gorgeous-looking, no doubt. Chic, even. But the question remains:

 

Valentino Man-Clutches: Yea or Nay?

 

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  • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

    I want them for myself…so I say Yea

    • KathKo

      Me too ! they are fab’ !
      just enough masculinity to appeal me (I have so much trouble finding handbags to my liking. This is perfect)

  • clatie

    Mens bags?  Maybe.  Men’s clutch purse?  Maybe not.

    • Dan_In_NYC

      Exactly.  I can get behind a man bag – but a clutch?  No.  These are over the line for me, and the wrist strap just goes that extra step too far.  Although I think these are a great option for women looking for a stylish but less fussy bag option.

      • lizajane1776

        They remind me of a zipped planner.
        A very classy zipped planner.

  • Michael_Jones

    I’m a NAY on these, although I do like a nice man bag.  (Now that sounded dirty, too.)

  • Clueless_Jock

    Nay. Too girly.

  • IAmJ

    Lorenzo could totally pull off one of the larger ones.

  • nannypoo

    I would love to carry any of these, but that’s the problem. 

  • slightlybitterkitten

    I want that dark green one…. um… for myself. 

  • Athenrein

    I want one. I’m a mostly straight girl who normally just carries a backpack, so I’m certainly not the demographic for either these bags or TLo’s inquiry. But I’m all for everyone carrying their stuff around in whatever they happen to like, so YEA! Purses for everyone.

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      Big standing ovation for saying “Purses for everyone!” If it’s good enough for TinkyWinky (and if it gives Pat Robertson the vapors), then it’s good enough for me. Frankly, I’d love to see more men smartly accessorize (gay, straight, etc.), and I’m not a fan of the wallet bulge.

      That said, I’m not a fan of clutches because I absolutely need two hands. I’m going to drop or leave that thing somewhere.

      • Athenrein

        I’m not a fan of clutches either – I would spend all evening worrying about it. Not that I ever have anywhere to go that requires fancy clothes anyway. I suppose if I did I’d carry one, because I don’t think you’re allowed to accessorize a fancy dress with a jansport mini-backpack. Or I could get some pockets sewn in.

      • Sweetpea176

         I had the same feeling about clutches until I understood the wisdom of the wrist strap.  When you need two hands, you just let go and, viola! the bag’s still there.  It took my teenaged niece to clue me in and, I have to say, it was a pretty big revelation.

        • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

           Oh for sure– if there’s a wrist strap, we’re in business. But often I see these gorgeous clutches that look like they should be on a museum pedastal and no sensible wrist strap in sight. :)

          Though I may be too worried about it to carry one myself, I would stand with any man who wants to.

  • cam_lo

    Absolutely Nay.

  • greatscoutm

    Yay, and yes, in red, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Total girl here, and love them. Would buy them for me. No man around me should own one in navy or green or I’m stealing it. 

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Nay! 

  • butterflysunita

    Just wondering…. what do men put in their bags?  
    Oh no, that sounded dirty too!  

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Phone, wallet, checkbook, tablet, keys…

      • formerlyAnon

        But how would trouser manufacturers stay in business if men did not deform & wear out their pockets stuffing [everything but the tablets] into them?  Since most guys faithfully buy the same two or three cuts of trouser and never replace them till they’re stained or worn out.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Well, if they’re anything like my husband, they have plenty of extra stuff to stick in their pockets anyway:)  There are few things he likes more in life than pockets and compartments.

      • Celandine1

        I say Yea too because  giant smart phones are too big for pockets these days and those look like they could hold a tablet as well. Plus it always seems unfair that there is a stigma for a guy who wants to enjoy a stylish handbag. 

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    For me YAY, YAY, YAY!!! But I’m a woman. For the male persuasion… not so much.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    I might use one or two, but I’d question why hubby would. NAY from the man-bag perspective. MEH for general design. It’s hard to make bags interesting for anyone who doesn’t have a clutch fetish. 

  • StrandedFashionista

    It really depends on scale and styling. Second row left and fourth row right are the only ones I’d consider carrying. Otherwise, they look a little girly. 

  • gsk241

    Unless they are secret agents or couriers, I don’t see most men (the ones I know, anyway) carrying these.  I’m not a fan of clutches, but these are nicer than most of what is made for women right now.  So, I’ll say YEA as long as I get one, too!

    • Chaiaiai

      Yes!  Secret agent bag!  Except it would be the decoy secret agent and the real documents would be handed off in a brown paper bag.

  • Oze R.

    Nay for the boys. But I want all the sharp square ones.

  • vanjar

    Only if you would copy the whole look. I love that suit, coat, shoes, gloves and model. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Yea, mostly because it prevents men from overloading their pants and jacket pockets with their stuff. The ones styled like portfolios or briefcases look the most manly of the man bags to me. And “man bags” sounds every bit as lurid as “man clutches,” when you think about it.

    The green ones are my faves. (I do love me a green bag.)

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      As far as suggestiveness goes I am just going to say that “man bags” is way worse. 

      • Anathema_Device

        As in, “Hey everyone, the taxi is here. Grab your man bags!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/namelynorm Norman W Ellis

    nay! and double nay! I like a tote or a crossbody but those little bags, while practical just seem a bit …nay. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    the ones big enough to actually hold stuff [ie: a notebook] are nice. the colors are nice. but they are gonna be really really irritating to carry. just a hint.

    • Anathema_Device

       Agreed. I only ever carry clutch if I’m dressing up. I sometimes do the wristlet thing, but that can get in the way, too.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I always do large clutches like this, too — I need more than a money clip and a lipstick, no matter where I’m going.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. As I babbled about at length in my later comment, most women only carry clutches because we lack functional pockets. They are a nuisance.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i must say i do like the double straps.
        they’d be a lot harder to leave on, say, the restaurant table that way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

    For women yes, for men….meh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

    I think the important question here is — it is acceptable for a man to match his clutch to his gloves. 

    • birdhead

      Is it acceptable for *anyone*? (I vote nay!)

      I hate clutches on principle (bags are supposed to free your hands up to do other stuff) but I don’t see why men shouldn’t carry them if women can, and I think the point about hands in pockets on the RC is a pretty good one. (But still. SAY NO TO CLUTCHES.) 

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    NAY.

  • dress_up_doll

    I love these bags in all colors, styles and sizes. I could see them selling like bagels in a shop if marketed for women. However, the adolescent side of me snickers at the thought of a guy carrying one.

  • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

    Faaaaaabulous. I want all of them.

  • Maine1ac

    I think they are stylish and look great with the models, but they are a tad girly, especially the first ones shown.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I’m kind of split… I don’t mind some of them, but the smaller ones are definitely a little too closely related to their clutch and make-up kit sisters in my opinion… so I don’t mind the less-pursey looking ones.. sorry, completely awful answer.

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    I love them. Surely no one’s gender panic should be so great as to turn them off these things. So practical! So chic! So…leathery. Mm. Leathery. 

  • Ms_Flyover

    These are all purses with short straps.  Why differentiate?  Why not just make purse or bag, if you prefer,  gender inspecific?  Then I can happily purchase the Navy one and call it a day.

  • hughman

    It’s a bit mutch for a man-clutch.

    • girliecue

      Ack! You beat me to it!

      Anything that’s a bit mutch is a Nay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21413366 Evan Hart

    I think they look chic. I wish I could see them in a long shot (like the first one). I think seeing them paired with a killer suit would, well, butch them up a bit.

    That said, I’m not down with gender policing, so if a fella wants to carry any kind of bag, I say more power to him! I think these bags, in particular, are quite cool. YEA. 

    • lahand

      I agree about the gender policing. I think menswear must be one of the last frontiers when it comes to non-conventional ideas about gender. And while I personally don’t like clutches because there is no doubt I’d set one down and it would be snatched up by one of these bitter kittens, I think those are gorgeous. Gorgeous trumps gender…McLutches for everyone!

  • jilly_d

    I would love to carry any of these.  My husband, however, doesn’t even like to hold mine when I’m getting out of the car.  And I’m comfortable with that.

  • lalahartma

    I say Nay.

  • sleepycat

    no just no. 

  • mznormann

    Nay, nay, nay!

  • lucyloo222

    My husband would set himself on fire before carrying one.  I, however, would set any of those men up there on fire just to steal one for myself!

  • VicksieDo

    These look like purses to me! Nay

  • Lilithcat

    I think most of them will be bought by women – for themselves.  I know that I would, if I could afford them!

  • drdirection

    It should have been okay for men to carry purses (or as Jerry calls it, a satchel) for years.  The problem with these is that their hands will not be free.  Is that not the point of an everyday purse?  Clutches for evenings, dates…whatever…but any man who carries one will soon feel the inconvenience.

  • Patricia Hoffman

    Some of them are small enough to seem like they could be organizers, so I don’t see a problem with it. The small green one is delicious.

  • benjamin478

    … Nay. Don’t think the worlds ready for these

  • mjude

    i really like them, i would love to have one of the larger ones but i cant do a bag without a shoulder strap.  what about you?

  • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

     I’m not sold on the man clutch. But as many women here have already said, I would definitely love one for myself.

  • Laylalola

    Nay. Really, only urban men could get away with that — and the thing is, why would they want to try carrying one of those in any major city? Muggers/thieves/purse snatchers go first for exactly that kind of clutch.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Well, we gals know that it can be a real pain to have to tote a”handbag” around so it’s ’bout time you guys found that out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.yeager Joy Yeager

    no, just no

  • Peri7473

    I think that the concept is just fine, but the execution of these specific ones is too feminine.  The details and straps are too delicate for men, IMHO.  Now for myself, the red one and the bottom green one, please!  (for men these get a nay) 

  • SpcilK

    Houston, that’s a negative! Some of them look like Bible carriers.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    lolololololololololol

    nay

  • artemis17

    Nay for men, but I’ll take each of the green ones, the navy one, and the red one for myself.

  • RichStrathmann

    They look like bible cases, so…. No.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Yea… because they’re pretty and I want one.  Which may be a problem when we’re talking about bags for MEN.  But still, YEA. 

    Mostly because I always feel really bad for men.  A good suit is both a thing of beauty and quite expensive, so you don’t want to stuff a bunch of crap in your pockets and ruin the lines, but you still want to have all that stuff with you, so doesn’t a purse make sense?  I would assume a man would carry a clutch for the same reason a woman would — it’s small and doesn’t fight your outfit. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DWDLRZCK3MZICZKYJDR55MC4Y soren

    Yea.  Love these.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    No

  • DominoEstella

    Well, I would definitely carry one!  They are stunning.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Yea, for ME! No for teh menz, I’m selfish. The face my husband made when I showed him this said it all.

  • SatelliteAlice

    I will say yay overall but the black one in the second row and the green one at the bottom are just a little too ladylike.

  • serenitynow02

    Nay for you. Yay for me. Sorry. These murses are just too girlie.

  • Stubenville

    Murses – nay to infinity.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    yea.  they are pretty chic.

  • PeggyOC

    Nay.  I’d carry several as purses, but then, I’m a chick.

  • MzzPants

    YES.  For days when lugging something larger doesn’t make sense.  Nothing ruins a man’s appearance more that wallet lump, IMO.
    Plus, as a girl who gravitates toward small, non-frilly bags, I would snap one up in a heartbeat.

  • MilaXX

    oh heck NO! Give them all to me!

    Okay, Lorenzo can have the blue one.

  • kimmeister

    Nay for men. Clutches are meant for women in formal situations. The hand loops remind me of that one clutch that Nina made on Project Accessory.

  • Christina Brennan

    I say IN.  Men need something to carry all their superfluous crap around in, too.  And I have always referred to “murses” as “European Carry-Alls” a la Seinfeld.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    its one thing to look at them with the gloved hands, but i am having a difficult time imagining a gent with hairy knuckles clutch clasping so NAY…i will however take one of each….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Oh, HELL no!

  • Sara__B

    I say Nay for most guys,  Yea for me — but if a guy wants to carry one, please do NOT match your gloves to your bag!

  • rumcg66

    NAY. I don’t find the look remotely attractive, but I also think it’s pretty impractical. A clutch is generally a much less practical option than something with a strap, and women rarely carry them except when they’re dressed for a special occasion and won’t need their hands for much except holding a drink.  These are just a little too fussy for a man, in my opinion.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    As a gay dude, I vote NO for man-clutches, but YES as to man-bags and murses in general. These are lacking a masculine element to them, which not everyone needs, but this gay dude does. 

  • unbornfawn

    Nay

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

    No.  Men need their hands free to grab boobs.

    We use the term “murse” to mean “male nurse” here in these parts.

    • Susan Crawford

      I am totally in LOVE with the word “murse” – thanks for giving me a whole new meaning beyond a purse carried by a man! Murse, murse, murse . . . bwahahahah!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dkbbmail Dorrene BrownButterfield

    Well, I’m not of the correct gender, but if I was I’d say “No thank you.” However, since I’m not, I’ll say “I’d like one of each, please.”

  • altalinda

    I doubt men will adopt these.
    Apart from the considerations of cultural barriers, several of them are Yay.  The larger green with the exposed zippers is not particularly attractive.

  • NurseEllen

    Nay.  Everyone should have a stylish satchel for their stuff (such alliteration!) but unless the guy in question is carrying something other than a wallet, a phone or other small electronic device, and maybe a comb, these don’t seem terribly practical.  Menswear has so many pockets the aforementioned items have a home anyway.  These just strike me as impractical and pointless, if pretty.

  • DesertDweller79

    Nay. I don’t understand the idea of a clutch in general.  It is only used by women at formal events.   Because apparently women don’t need to carry stuff around with them when they do to formal events, or something.  Otherwise, why would they be so small?  I am pretty sure my glasses and iPhone wouldn’t fit in a lot of those Oscar clutches.  I’d need to depend on the man with me to carry my stuff.  And how could he if he was also carrying a clutch?

    I am not against man-bags.  But, these just look like a women’s clutch. So, no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786600203 Dan Howell

    Second Row, first one (green) or last row, second (tan) – because here’s the thing, I generally carry a bag with me because I refuse to put my wallet in my pocket (back pockets are a no-no and it just doesn’t fit in my front pockets), and I always carry a notebook around with me because I’m forgetful. That, on top of coupons, cards, hand sanitizer and a tide-to-go stick (I sound like a soccer mom on paper, not a 30 year old theatre queen), I need a bag. My sneakers go in my gym bag, my lunch goes in my lunch bag, all my other stuff goes in my bag. I would love one of these for quick trips to grocery store or getting through the airport when I don’t every single thing on me. Or, for those nights we hit the theatre and I do want a bag across my shoulder, just something to throw some things in. My partner would never carry one, but I’d be happy to. That, and I’ve always been jealous of the clutch. But, I also don’t see a straight man ever carrying one…

    • Jackie Bae

      I agree with this too. The green (2nd row) and tan (last row) seems like it is okay manly enough to pass it off as a cd bag when people start laughing you at the street. Or maybe bags for ceramic tools. Surgical tools. Sewing kits. Back to laughter.

      These are incredibly stupid ideas of handles for bags, even for women.

  • GorgeousThings

    Sure, I’d carry one of those in a flash!
     

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    I would totally wear these. But I’m a woman. So nay for men.

  • Abigail Speltz

    As a woman I’ll let you in on a little secret… Clutches are a PITA. Nothing fits in them, and you’ve basically ensured one hand is useless the entire day/night. You can’t even hang it on your chair in a pinch. 

  • http://twitter.com/SamH4Prez Samantha

    I’m gonna say yea. I think they’re pretty cool and stylish, and sure the look like women’s purses but I’m all for breaking out of gender roles (especially if you can be chic while doing so.)

  • formerlyAnon

    BWaahhhhaaahhaaahaaaa!

    You know why women carry clutches?  Because our clothes mostly DON’T HAVE FUNCTIONAL POCKETS.

    Men, having functional pockets, will never adopt the nuisance which is the itty bitty clutch, which either takes up a hand, requires an elbow be clamped to one’s side to hold it there, or dangles from the wrist, being a HUGE NUISANCE. Or, of course, one can leave it and its contents behind every-damn-where.

    That said, I quite like these, though the larger ones should have a shoulder strap and be done with it.

    So, NAY chance for the guys adopting them, but Yea for the bags themselves.

    • snarkykitten

      you put it better than I did.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    HECK. YES!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLSER5H3A6FPBAZOEIQIOBHAYM Elizabeth Rust

    Nay. They look nice enough, but I can’t stand clutches for anyone – if I can’t hang the bag off my shoulder it’s not worth carrying, as far as I’m concerned. [It looks as though some of these do have shoulder straps, but since they aren't shown in use I won't count that.] 

  • FayeKat

    They are very pretty, but really lady-like. I’m pretty sure there must be a better way to make chic, pretty man-bags. I guess i have to say NAY.
    That said, i so totally want the green and red one.

  • Julie Fountain

    I would totally carry that red one, and I’m kind of a girly girl so I would say Nay for the manly men…

  • kentiesgirl

    NAY-expensive makeup bags uncomfortably held by significant others at events while you mingle. Although I wouldn’t mind the second row on the right.

  • http://twitter.com/chylde bellalozza

    Nyet for dudes. But I want one myself.

  • kentiesgirl

    Can I just say I have been eagerly await RPDR all day? Not the review, which I can’t read yet, but the site? What’s up LOGO? I LIVE for Tuesday mornings. *pouts* How dare they let their site go down on my viewing day. Don’t they know how important I am? ;)

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      having the same apoplectic reaction over the lack of RPDR in my life tonight. Argggh!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I would happily rock one of those in my usual Kiltie manner!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

    “Nay! Nay!” I say.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    If you guys don’t want them, give them all to me!

  • E_bee

    Men’s bags? Fine. These men’s bags? Hmm…

    The colored ones with the matching gloves look like they belong to a supervillian with a bionic hand, and contain the fingertips and eyeball of an employee of the secret government facility you ate about to rob. So if you’re into that kind of look, then sure.

    The beige ones just look like you didn’t bother to repack your toiletry kit after TSA searched your bags. So, no.

    • kentiesgirl

       Toiletry kit. Ha! Exactly.

  • ItchyInKentucky

    This looks more “fussy & impractical” than “chic & stylish” to me.  I’d rather just go with a medium sized messenger bag.  I think it looks just as good plus the added benefit of free use of both hands. Hell to the NAY! 

  • Daisy James

    Don’t hate the idea in theory, but a couple of those look like toiletry bags. It’s like any minute you might be overcome by the sudden need to shave, and you want to be prepared.

  • NasserShaheen

    As a devotee of the satchel (God gave me shoulders for a reason) there is no way I can get behind man bags, let alone man purses.  But rather than foist these terribly fey things upon men why are bag makers not making satchels in these fabtastic colours?  It is almost impossible to find handsome, masculine, stylish satchels appropriate for anyone over 30 in anything but black or brown.  I would happily buy one in any of the colours shown here or in pink or orange or violet!  If anyone wants to let me know of someone already doing this please fill me in.

  • snarkykitten

    I dont understand.

    I thought the whole point of a bag is to put stuff in it. These look barely big enough to put a wallet in…and guys’ pants pockets are usually deep enough to accommodate.

  • Lisa

    Well… “Yay” if I can have the red one.

  • granddelusion

    A bag is a bag, a clutch is a clutch, a purse is a purse, doesn’t matter who carries it. Men, get over yourselves. You don’t have to rename everything for your gender.

  • granddelusion

    Men can carry whatever they want to. Just like women can.

  • lrhoff

    Nay for men….just can’t get down with the concept.  As a heterosexual female, I don’t want to have to worry about my gay male friends “borrowing” my things, too!!!

  • bitterk

    Nice concept but those bags would be stolen by girlfriends, sisters or moms in a second.  

  • Susan Crawford

    OK, guys, if you want those bags, you’re gonna have to pry them from my cold, dead hands! But I will say YEA to the manclutch concept. Once the crossbody messenger bag came in, it was just a matter of time until the manclutch. (I always refer to any kind of bag carried by a male – from computer/iPad case to briefcase to backpack – as a “murse” just because I like saying that word over and over and over. I can amuse myself for hours . . .)

  • jannanna

    nyet

  • voter1

    Nay.  There are much better ways to carry your iPad.

  • kaycem

    well i sincerely want all of them, so a hearty YAY from me. :)

  • howdoilook

    Um, I want one for me. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The fashion enthusiast in me is screeching “YEA” but the pragmatist in me is going “…but how is it comfortable to carry stuff in it?”

  • kat89

    I’m sure there is a market for them, but it’s definitely not at my house. I promise you will never see my husband or sons with one. Messenger bags, backpacks or briefcases, yes, but a clutch? I don’t think so, no matter how adorable I think they are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    They’re gorgeous, but I carry nothing small enough that doesn’t already fit in my pockets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luli.km Lucia Kmaid

    I remember my grandfather had one veery similar to the black one…and I always thought it was kind of weird. So I guess I’ll rule them a Nay!

  • annamiklo

    These are great purses for a man or a woman, but they’re undeniably purses. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Nay.  Man Bag is NO.

  • Judih1

    Maybe the larger bags in the darker colors – in a pinch. But my husband (one of the 6 straight men who read this post when I need a second opinion before posting a comment) says NO WAY would he carry any of them. But he likes them for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Davis/1523258473 Sarah Davis

    I say Yea. Men should have more purse options, and these are gorgeous

  • Bozhi

    I love some of those, which means these guys look like they are holding their wife’s purse (something I NEVER trust mine to do, men do not know how to watch a purse properly.)  I really love a lot of men’s bags, but not these.  They look unnatural.

  • SewingSiren

    They look sporty enough. I don’t see why not. I really don’t understand why it’s not okay for a man to carry a purse. You know they used carry change in a little bag called a purse , not as long ago as you would think like the 1920′s or so.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I don’t get why they can’t wear make-up either — who wants every blemish and dark circle hanging around so obviously?

  • BobStPaul

    No.

  • quiltrx

    I really love the way these are designed in general, and they would be a really cute purse.  But I don’t know…if a man needs a man-bag, I want it to be something substantial and fabulous.  These are too delicate…looks like he didn’t have time to shave and brought his kit along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lara-Lutrick/1222052998 Lara Lutrick

    No, no no, it looks like a purse or an overnight bag or a make up bag. They all look like they are holding their wife’s purse. Too weird.

  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    As bags for men: nay.  I can sort of see second-row-left being carried by a particularly style-conscious friend, but not in green.  I think the problem is they’re a bit… dainty for most men.

    As bags for ME, though: heavens, yes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine
  • Sophie Collier

    Yea for me.  Nay for my husband.  Sorry.  I guess I’m a sexist. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

    NAY

  • j_anson

    Fine with the right very stylish and put-together look, but very few men put that much effort into their dress.

  • Thathoodwink

    I don’t know how y’all men function without carrying a handbag, yet when I see these I kind of cringe.

  • ElitheMonkey

    I like the black one that looks like a mini briefcase, but the rest of them are just way too bag and not enough man. Nay.

  • PeaceBang

    NAY NAY NAY said the horse, but the best thing about this post was the link to the adorable photo of Lorenzo!!!

  • understateddiva

    My gut reaction is Nay, but it’s mostly because the beigey ones read “grandma” to me.  The blue and green aren’t bad.  A slightly larger bag that could hold an ipad would be more useful.

  • crackineggs

    I could almost go along with it until I saw the red one, and that sent me catapulting into the NAYS.

  • TieDye64

    Yea. For myself. In red.

  • Tamara Hogan

    For men? No (though maybe Gavin Rossdale could pull one off).  For me? YES YES YES YES. Love the clean lines. 

  • Beardslee

    NAY, but that’s because I dislike clutches.  These are actually quite nice, for clutches.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    I like these, and I like man bags in general, but these are all invitations to a purse snatching. The guy with the blue bag is going to get a broken wrist. Nobody carries purses like that in the city.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Oh my goodness, how cute does Lorenzo look in that picture? I think those clutches are very chic, but they are definitely feminine. I think very few could pull them off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Oh my goodness, how cute does Lorenzo look in that picture? I think those clutches are very chic, but they are definitely feminine. I think very few could pull them off.

  • LAjane81

    Out.  But I might carry one.

  • LAjane81

    Out.  But I might carry one.

  • Corsetmaker

    To quote dear, departed comedian Frankie Howard

    Nay, nay, thrice nay.

    Clutches are a pain, they’re just pocket substitutes that generally hold no more than a phone, purse and lipstick (if you’re lucky). Men have pockets, therefore no substitute required.

  • Corsetmaker

    To quote dear, departed comedian Frankie Howard

    Nay, nay, thrice nay.

    Clutches are a pain, they’re just pocket substitutes that generally hold no more than a phone, purse and lipstick (if you’re lucky). Men have pockets, therefore no substitute required.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

    The green one for me, please.  Nay for the guys but yea for the gals!

  • jw_ny

    Nay to a men’s clutch.  Bags are fine when a man needs to carry papers, files, laptops, or the like.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Iverly/1233499903 Sharon Iverly

    In theory, yea. On the street, I’d likely change my mind.

  • zaynSF

    Yea from this straight guy.  I regularly wear a suit and carry 2 phones (work + personal).  Putting the phones in my jacket pockets makes the suit look bad and causes undue wear and tear.  Putting the phones in my pants pockets is out of the question.  And it doesn’t make sense to use a shoulder bag or briefcase for a couple of phones.  A clutch is a fine solution to this problem. As long as the styling is similar to that of other men’s accessories (e.g. black or brown leather), it will look masculine and go well with a suit.

  • DinaSews

    Sorry, NAY.  I love a man bag too but these are a little feminine.

  • Pupioso

    Nay. the style is boring.

  • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

    Those are definitely lady accessories. I can’t see any real guy (gay OR straight) I know making this work. Nay.

  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore
  • Greg Yoder

    Eww, NO.  Sorry, but if so many of the female readers want them for themselves, they aren’t appropriate for men.

    Man bags of that size just don’t make any sense.  Men have pockets.  Pockets hold small stuff much more efficiently than a purse does.  You can lay a purse down and forget it; your pockets go wherever you go, so unless you forget your trousers, you still have your stuff..  If you have stuff larger than will fit in your pockets, you can carry a messenger bag, which looks like something a guy would carry. 

  • MissAnnieRN

    I think it depends on the guy.  For me, as a woman who likes my men scruffy and burly, I can’t see any of the guys I’m attracted to being interested in carrying these bags out.  

    I don’t have a particular aversion to a man carrying a bag.  But just what, pray tell, does a man put in a bag?  I’m asking that seriously.  Besides a wallet and maybe a few condoms, what do you put in those little things?

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I’m fine with messenger bag-type man bags. One of my friends sashays around town with his Louis Vuitton looking irritatingly chic and I’m all for it. But I just can’t get behind a man-clutch. NAY
    ps-Lorenzo looks so I’m Fabulous And I Know It in that photo it’s killing me.

  • queeniette

    Its A European Carryall!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mozzer0906

    I’d get one in black for myself, but I’m not sure how a man would look with a clutch.  I’m find with a manbag, but not so much a clutch.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    The few here that look utilitarian and square and simple get a YEA from me – as well as a “want this!!” But the others just look like shrunken ladies purses. 

  • Cathy S

    I’m a woman, and I hate clutches, so I vote no. I do think the ones with the double straps are interesting though. Lorenzo could certainly rock them. You go, Lorenzo.

  • lesmaha

    It doesn’t really matter what I think–this is going nowhere fast.

  • Megan Patterson

    I don’t think men are going to buy them. But women are. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

    But what would you keep in it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    Nay. If they are a little bigger it’s not as bad I guess, but most of these are too small for a guy.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Neeeeeever gonna happen.  Nay.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

    Well, I like them, but they don’t look very roomy, so pockets would serve for most guys.  Meh… I think NAY.

  • CatherineRhodes

    NAY. I this the idea of a man-bag makes perfect sense, but it works best when it’s a satchel not a clutch.

  • juliamargaret

    I am in favor of any shift in men’s fashion that might get my husband one step closer to giving up his back pack (he’s 47). I dislike clutches myself for practical reasons, but I like the look of these.

  • ri_dic

    I think Bobby Brown said it best: “Oh, hell, to the no!”

  • sagecreek

    Those are all really cute purses. For me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630168379 Brian G. Cox

    NO! Even bag phones had sense enough to include a shoulder strap.

  • sweatpantalternative

    It’s too impractical to be a man-bag. I think a lot of men can get behind satchel man-bags because they realize they do have some crap to carry around, but what on earth can this hold other than a wallet, keys, and a cellphone? At least make it large enough for an ipad, and therefore have some semblance of utility.

  • aristida_girl

    Yea! I want one (or two or three)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Annie-Moore/100001926969049 Annie Moore

    For the men? Nay nay.  But please, send me one right away.