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A Pop-Culture History of Men and Bags

  • Kempt Staff

Murses

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.»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

When he last made the MOTH scene at the *Tudors* premiere, Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was decked out in a killer custom-tailored midnight blue dress suit by John Galliano. For the Met Costume Institute Gala the other night, he one-upped the basic black tie crowd in a similarly more-sartorial-than-thou suit designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.

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Kempt Man of the Hour: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

  • Jared Paul Stern

MOTH_rhysmeyers_crop.jpg

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

He creeped us out in *Match Point* and modeled for Versace and Hugo Boss before embarking on his latest role—a kind of priapic, po-mo Henry VIII in *The Tudors*—but Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has always won full marks for his stylish attire.

At the *Tudors* premiere the other night, he sported an ensemble that had an almost Rockabilly look to it: a midnight blue dress suit with satin piping on the lapels—custom-tailored by John Galliano—and a superskinny leather tie by Camilla Staerk.

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