By Cory Ohlendorf First came the moisturizer. Then skinny jeans.
And now men have embraced handbags. Call them what you will, but these
oversize bags of supple skin walk and talk like the satchels favored by
the Olsen twins. The massive totes seen on runways of late make a man
look like he's on the way to some significant destination. The
office? Gym? Onto the Gulfstream for a weekend jaunt? Perhaps they allow
guys, who traditionally carried little more than a billfold, to have all
their modern essentials on hand. (Worked for Mom, didn't it?) But
what DOES one carry in such a large day bag? The answer, it seems, is
the Emperor's new clothes. Not roomy enough for an overnighter but
rather hefty for everyday, the bags dwarf popular and pragmatic
cross-body messengers. Simon Doonan, creative director for Barneys New
York and consummate fashion commentator, has plenty of room in his
oversize Goyard monogrammed bag. Currently bouncing around inside: Gucci
wallet, rarely used cellphone, Filofax, subway reading material, house
key--kept on a giant key ring so it doesn't disappear in the abyss.
"It all could easily be accommodated by something smaller, but I
like my big bag," he says. "Which is probably not a great idea
since I am a small person and the large bag only serves to make me look
smaller." nLATWP News ServiceBag men
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