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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.»

The Spring Chukka: UGG Australia Kaldwell

  • Kempt Staff

UGG Australia Kaldwell

Last fall, we were duly impressed by UGG Australia’s continued efforts to step up their men’s shoe game—teaming up with a champ like Tom Brady didn’t hurt. And now they’re back with their newest offering for spring:

The Kaldwell, a chukka/boat shoe hybrid that comes in three spring-friendly shades of burnished nubuck and with custom-made soles from Vibram.

Our love for the chukka in spring is no secret—perhaps it’s their versatility with or without socks—and the Kaldwell is a shining example of spring chukka excellence. It’s the sort of shoe that’ll take you from post-work drinks to a beach weekend without having to worry about your choice in footwear. Our favorite touch is the seersucker lining, which makes them even more barefoot compliant.

You never remember to pack socks anyway.

The September Issues

  • Najib Benouar

September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).

It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.

Let’s dig into the September issues, shall we...»

Pies, Marriage, and the Best Opticians in the Country

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Throwing Pies: Mary-Louise Parker is one of our favorite people…and apparently an accomplished drunken pastry chef. [Esquire]

Condolences are In Order: Ladies and Gentlemen, Gisele is off the market for real. And this Brady character sounds highly suspect. [People]

Individualism: ACL unearths yet another quality domestic shirt-maker. [A Continuous Lean]

Keeping an Eye Out: The Times catches on to our favorite opticians, thanks to a few well-selected collabs. Congrats, fellows. [The Moment]

Ms. Allen, Mr. Obama, and Gisele’s Availability

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The Seven Veils…: Lily Allen tries out Interview and apparently joins the army in the bargain. [FashionIndie]

The New Crew: Obama loves J. Crew more than we ever would have guessed. Does that mean we can look for a few v-neck sweaters in the months to come? [Racked]

TB + GB: Apparently Tom and Gisele aren’t quite as engaged as we thought. [The Cut]

The Best of the Best: The definitive Sundance roundup, if you were curious… [Vulture]

Shiny Suits, Fancy Houses, and the Institution of Marriage

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Flashing Lights: The European take on workwear is more…fluorescent. [International Herald Tribune]

The Knot: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen finally make it official. Does this mean they’ll have to stop living in sin? [People]

Mental Sprawl: Forbes counts down the most expensive fictional homes, which is pretty much all we can afford these days. [Forbes]

All Things to All People: Ralph Lauren Rugby, Metropolitan, Michael Williams, and Jared Paul Stern: it’s a Kempt quadfecta! [Luxist]

Lad Mags, Chupacabras, and a Superbowl Redux

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Sic Transit Gloria Lad: The decline and fall of the lad mag, including more instances of the term “underboob” than you ever wanted to read. [Radar Online]

They Live: Video of the famed chupacabra surfaces…unless it’s just a steroid-enhanced pit bull. [Guanabee]

Slow Rider: The virtues of the everlasting suit. [Men’s Vogue]

The True Test of a Patriot: Tom Brady and Eli Manning face off on the covers of Esquire and Men’s Vogue. Apparently Brady starts off perfect but chokes in the last paragraph. [Daily Intel]

Chinese Democracy: Not even American Idol results are respected in China! Free Tibet? [Vulture]

Guitar Heroine, Do The Brady, and Crushing on Squash

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Picture Perfect: The only thing hipper and wackier than Adam Kimmel's clothes are Ryan McGinley's lookbook shots. [Selectism]

Newly Available: These starlets are all suddenly single. Have at it boyos. [Radar]

H&M is Pushing Menswear: Yes, but where to? [Fashion United]

Pull The Blinds: There's something deeply creepy about Hussein Chalayan's new T-shirt. [Men.Style]

Lanvain + Acne: Equals one very cool, very classy hightop. [Scotch and Plaid]

How to Get The Tom Brady Look: Giselle Bundchen not included. [Valet]

Squash is The New Golf: Yes! We can finally make good use of our super tight shorts! [Vanityfair.com]

Chic Rock: When we boot up Guitar Hero at home, we can only wish things like this happened. [Crave Online]