Listen—can you hear that? It’s the sound of the proverbial gender playing field being leveled. Us ladies are no longer the only ones with back problems thanks to slinging heavy purses over our shoulders. According to the British Chiropractic Association, there has been a 21 percent increase in the number of man bags (murses?) sold in the past year—think Cristiano Ronaldo and his trusty Gucci bag. This spells major back trouble for dudes since the average guy is now carting around 13.7 pounds worth of stuff in his bag. “Man Bags are now a necessity for many men during their daily lives, but they could cause back and shoulder pain from prolonged stress,” says an association spokesperson. “We need to become more savvy in how we use them, whilst learning to read our bodies and know when we’re placing too much pressure on certain points.” Amen to that. But when men start complaining about high-heel pain, I am outtie. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
We know Kanye West carries a murse, but we expected him to have a much more fabulous man bag than this. We guess he’s banking on the Louis Vuitton logos to make him look fashionable. Also, doesn’t he know that you never wear a denim jacket with jeans? [4/20/09, JFK Airport, New York City] Keep reading »
Joey Tribbiani said his man purse, or “murse,” kept him really organized on this infamous episode of “Friends.” And he was right! A man bag with neat pockets and dividers is much more organizable than a backpack, briefcase, or pocket. Louis Vuitton seems to have considered this when planning its recession strategy. The luxury retailer is offering a collection of chic metallic and logo emblazoned murses that resemble the traditional shapes of luggage but are much smaller than a weekender size. Men need somewhere, besides our handbags, to put their stuff, but man bags often look like a slightly more utilitarian version of a woman’s purse. What do you think?
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It used to be that the only “bag” a man would carry was a briefcase, and maybe a shopping bag if he bought something on his way home. Then came the metrosexual and that awesome Friends episode where Joey gets a man bag. Joey and any other guy who dared carry a bag were made fun of. These days, we have so many portable electronic devices that men might actually need some sort of vessel to put their computers, iPods, cameras, etc. in when transporting them from home to office and so forth. Unfortunately, some have taken the wearing of this accessory too far. Gentlemen, there are rules! Keep reading »