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A Pop-Culture History of Men and Bags

  • Kempt Staff


Utter the term “murse” anywhere and it’s instantly recognizable: the portmanteau of “man” and “purse” describing a compact bag or satchel meant for hauling things around town. It’s become patient zero of emasculating menswear—now we have “meggings” and “mewelry” to name a few of the more egregious.

But how did we, as a society, get here?

It’s a good question. One worth exploring. And as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to understand the inextricable link between manhood and baggage choice, we present to you:

A complete history of men and their bags in popular culture.»

If These Boots Could Talk

  • Najib Benouar

Fall is a special season for many reasons.

For some, it’s football season. To others: sausage season (or motherfucking decorative gourd season).

But here on Kempt: it’s boots season. And that means choices.

With a vast sea of options out there—hiking, Chelsea, desert, cowboy, et cetera—it begs the question: what is your choice in fall footwear saying about you? So we graciously came up with this handy guide:

Understanding what your boots are saying about you, courtesy of Kempt.»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Stephen Dorff

mothstephendorff_crop.jpgvia Zimbio

Here’s the scenario: you’re an maturing scenester, in the thick of promoting your first arthouse lead. It’s a New York screening, which means no black tie and no dress code, but if you show up in a leather jacket, everyone's going to think you're a jackass. That never bothered you before, but somehow, this time's different...

In this case, Steven Dorff went full professor. That means a checked tweed suit and grenadine tie that makes him look like Indiana Jones on the first day of classes. It's quite possibly the stuffiest thing he’s ever worn. Of course, it helps that it’s a subtle check, the fit is perfect, and the tie is subtle enough to stay under the radar to anyone who might not appreciate such things.

He wears it with more than a little cheek, given his decidedly non-tweedy reputation, but that’s probably about right too. Well played, Mr. Dorff.

Kurt's Kicks, Men's Strappies and Indie's Hat


"A Naked Girl Wearing Lots of Gold": For once, Vice Magazine eschews all irony and delivers on their promises. [Vice]

All Apologies: Something still smells wrong about the Kurt Cobain Chucks—even if they are more tasteful than previously advertised. [Trashbag Aesthetics]

Who Says Size Matters?: Agent Provocateur plus the Cooper Mini equals a crowded back seat. [Hypebeast]

Playing Footsie: Amy Odell introduces the men of Union Square to the latest in designer "Mandals" with completely unsurprising results. [NYMag]

Will Indiana Jones Bring Back the Hat?: These guys say, "yes. We say, "hahahahaha". [Too Spoiled Models]