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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.»

Fanny François Has Mutant Football League Tryouts

  • Kempt Staff

All Around The World: More from the August issue, GQ recommends the best off-the-beaten-path European cities a stone’s throw from the usual tourist traps. [GQ]

GIFnastics: A studied GIF breakdown of the biggest London Olympics upset to date: Jordyn Wieber not making the all-around competition in gymnastics. (Sans Tim Daggett’s over-everyone’s-heads jargon.) [Altantic Wire]

Public Webcasting: PBS tries to decipher the “viral video.” Makes a YouTube video in the process. [PBS]

Snooooop… Lion?: Today will forever be marked in history as the day Snoop Dogg renounced his canine ways and began calling himself a Lion. [Vulture]

Street Life


After dressing up the art world in sharp suits and grotesque masks for his F/W show, Adam Kimmel seems to be running wild again.

This snap comes from his new Snoop Dogg-inspired collection, modeled by a clever mix of street-cast naturals and look-perfect models. The suits are still the same continental sartorialism you’d expect from Mr. Kimmel, but you’ve probably never seen it matched with a jeweled low-rider bike before.

It's easily the most Crip-friendly collection you’ll see all year.

Bunnies, Snoop Dogg and Woody Allen’s Feverish Imagination


Men of Summer: Playboy and *Mad Men* combine for the inevitable photoset. Sadly, Joan Holloway remains aloof. [Playboy]

You’re the Man Now, Dogg: Snoop Dogg expands his empire into fashion and reality television, branching out from his traditional interests in music, cameo parts, and horticulture. [TeenMusic]

The Nicest: SF’s Nice Collective politely let their Fall/Winter collection out in the world. [Selectism]

Dirty Linens: Japanese linen makes its presence felt…just in time for fall. [IHT]

Allen Wrench: Woody Allen’s production diary, complete with vividly described ménage-a-trois. Or should we say, vividly *imagined*. [NYT]