A Crossbody Bag Is the Functional Swerve It’s Time to Embrace

You’ve probably noticed a whole lot of dudes rocking bags these days. (If you’re a frequent Esquire reader, you might, in fact, already own one yourself.) Sometime over the last few years or so carrying a bag became de rigueur for stylish gents stepping out around the world, from the cobblestoned boulevards of Paris to the lush, oat milk-stained streets of Portland. (I’ve never actually been to Portland, but I’ve always imagined it as a very lush and oat milk-stained place.)

A$AP Rocky, noted satchel enthusiast, is rarely seen without one. Frank Ocean showed up to fashion week last year carrying a cavernous Phoebe Philo-designed bag from a still-accented Celine in a fit that continues to haunt my dreams. Drake has been steadily amassing a collection of Hermès Birkins, the ne plus ultra of covetable bags, for his future spouse and go-to IG caption muse because of course he is.

The onset of a global pandemic threw a wrench in all that. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, the bag, dear reader, suddenly looked like it was on the verge of becoming gratuitous, a relic of days bygone. Well don’t count the damn things out yet. As people across the country acclimate to various new normals—some more successfully than others—the bag, and one style in particular, has returned with a vengeance. I’ve advocated for the crossbody at length before, but there’s never been a better time to finally get on board with on an accessory that’ll save your ass time and time again.

It’s time to embrace the bag, folks. Trust me. Your precarious and deeply misplaced sense of masculinity is in safe hands. As Drake (or, ah, Whitman) would be the first to tell you: We all contain multitudes. This summer, let a crossbody bag be one of them.

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Heritage 2.0 Crossbody Bag

Nike ssense.com

$25.00

An athletic-leaning take on the silhouette from the brand that does sport-inspired style better than anyone. 

Herringbone Canvas Messenger Bag

Herschel Supply Co mrporter.com

$50.00

All the vintage appeal of the best army/navy surplus, sans any of the legwork typically involved in tracking it down. 

Mini Shoulder Messenger Bag

Snow Peak ssense.com

$60.00

Endorsed for a reason. (A whole lot of ’em, actually.) 

Small Essentials Bag

Carhartt WIP ssense.com

$65.00

The Carhartt cosign is really the only one you need, especially when it comes via the brand’s famous, and famously durable, duck canvas. 

Waterproof Sling Bag

Fear of God Essentials stockx.com

$72.00

An FOG Essentials bag for storing all your, ah, essentials.  

Embellished Shell Messenger Bag

Neighborhood mrporter.com

$120.00

Enough kitschy (okay, downright cool) design details—peep the carabiner clips!—to keep even the most ardent gear wonk satisfied.

Shoulder Bag

Eastpak x White Mountaineering farfetch.com

$146.00

Eastpak’s collaborative shoulder bag takes inspiration from the silhouette used by the US military in the ’70s. (If only the country’s foreign policy decisions held up half as well as the bags issued to the GIs carrying ’em out.) 

Reagan Leather-Trimmed Nylon Messenger Bag

Want Les Essentiels mrporter.com

$195.00

Everything you could ever want (heh) in a bag and then some. 

Flap Pocket Pouch

Heron Preston farfetch.com

$210.00

Zippers that tell you what to do with them (hint: pull!) in case it slips your mind. 

Utility Cross Body Bag

A-Cold-Wall* farfetch.com

$242.00

A crossbody bag that (very literally) lets you keep your valuables close to the chest. 

Cotton-Canvas Pouch

Kapital mrporter.com

$285.00

Peace and love to this Kapital pouch and this Kapital pouch only. 

Tanker Nylon Messenger Bag

Porter-Yoshida & Co mrporter.com

$330.00

A nylon style inspired in part by the design details of the iconic MA-1 bomber jacket, and made in Japan. 

Cedar Mini Bag

Ashya ashya.co

$425.00

Hand-stitched in NYC using pebbled Italian leather and custom 14K gold-plated hardware. 

Logo Crossbody Bag

Off-White ssense.com

$605.00

Think of this bag as an investment. There’s at least a Virgil percent chance if you ever get tired of it you could flip it for like, nearly Virgil percent more than what you paid for it. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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