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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.»

Doutzen Kroes Wishes You Weren’t Here

  • Kempt Staff

via Selectism

Road Rules: Sam Riley takes on literature’s most peripatetic protagonist, Jack Kerouac’s drifting alter ego, Sal Paradise. [Bullett]

Endless Love: John Mayer (yes, the one who wanted to run through the halls of his high school) pens an ode to his new watch. [Hodinkee]

Pee Jays: Valet rounds up a handful of classic pajamas, just in time for the holiday lounging season. [Valet]

Shawl In: Lenny Kravitz offers a master class on the difference between a big scarf and a blanket you wrap around your neck. [Reddit]

Flying V


The phrase “style icon” gets thrown around quite a bit, but it’s important to make sure you really mean it. Otherwise you run the risk of leaving the house dressed like this.

So we were a little troubled to see Lenny Kravitz getting the style icon treatment from AskMen. We’re sure he’d make a great male model and we admire his mother’s stage work, but can’t we all agree that this is no way for a grown man to dress? Like the flying V guitar, Lenny’s look is way too flashy to be trusted. Even when he isn’t sporting something as embarrassing as this, he exudes a level of lounge-lizard sleaze that should be enough to scare off any self-respecting gentleman of style. It’s gear like this that gives L. A. a bad name.