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Eradicate the Fear & Embrace the Man Bag

When you walk into any department store you can’t help but notice the extremely large section, sometimes floor, dedicated to women’s handbags and purses. There are many, many people who spend their entire lives focused on designing and creating stylish handbags for women, because they know that for women a handbag is an absolute necessity. Any girl (or woman) over the age of 13 wouldn’t dare go anywhere without a purse or bag of some sort; women are reliant on handbags to carry all of their life’s necessities…and then some.

While men typically have less excess “stuff” and have larger pockets to carry things like a wallet, phone, and keys, men should be afforded the same luxury of being able to have one place to carry and store the things they need any given day….oh wait, they are. There are a decent amount of designers producing nice, high quality bags for men intended for everyday use, but the market for these type of bags is small. This begs the question, if there are designers willing to produce bags for men and there is a need for such bags, why aren’t more men seeking out and buying handbags? The lack of popularity among men  is rooted in the extreme popularity among women. Men see mimicking women’s style as making them appear feminine, less masculine, and for a socially conscious straight man, this equates to the fear of appearing gay.

It’s time to eradicate this antiquated way of thinking. There is nothing wrong or weird about a man carrying a handbag, messenger bag, or satchel. There are many handbags designed for men that are functional, extremely stylish, and still masculine, or differentiable from women’s purses and handbags. It’s time that men, gay, straight and everything in between, stop stuffing and stretching their pockets, and embrace the murse (man-purse).

manbag(Thom Browne, Prada, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana)

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It’s all in the bag…Campos Bags

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Normally my posts are about all things related to men’s fashion, but this spotlight post steps away from menswear and into the world of accessories, specifically leather handbags.  If you like simple, high-quality, American-made leather goods, Campos Bags is a brand you need to know.

Campos was founded by Roy Campos, a Peruvian and American leather master, in 2012 and is continuously growing its brand. Each of the Campos designs are produced and manufactured here in the United States, (Brooklyn to be exact), to ensure the highest quality of craftsmanship.

The Campos style of bags are designed to be both highly functional and stylish. Each of the styles are unique but share clean lines, limited embellishment, and stand-out stitching. The Satchel Tote and Zip Tote are the type of bag I wish I had in college- a great alternative to a Longchamp, Michael Kors, or sorority tote. The high-quality materials, secure handles, and zipper enclosures make these bags perfect for carrying around your laptop, books, wallet, etc. If you’re not a co-ed and/or you’re looking for something a little smaller, but equally as streamlined and functional, the Triple Zip Clutch and Double Pouch Crossbody are the way to go. Each of these smaller options has several pockets for storing and separating your favorite items, but neither of these designs is bulky or heavy.

Roy Campos, the founder and lead designer for the self-titled brand was nice enough to answer a few question about himself, the brand, and his products. Here is what he had to say…

1. The brand in 3 words: Simple, Sustainable, Fun
2. What’s to come: Backpacks & Small leather goods
3. Target customer: Stylish women and men who love clean, classic American design that is sustainably made in America.
4. The future: A storefront might be nice so people can come in to create their custom Campos bags and peruse our leather and zipper options in person. We like to connect directly with our customers.

This is just a sneak peak inside this amazing Made-In-America brand. To learn more about the company and shop the products, visit the Campos Bags site. Also, stay tuned for more from Roy in an upcoming blog post discussing the challenges and rewards of designing and producing in the United States.

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