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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.»

Daria Werbowy Has Really Let Herself Go


Just Kidding: Zach Galifianakis brings his distinctive brand of crazy to the pages of Vanity Fair. [Vanity Fair]

Postcards from the Sideline: A sports agent comes clean on a career’s worth of crimes and misdemeanors. Jerry Maguire this ain’t. [Sports Illustrated]

We’ve Seen the Future: The most convincing prediction for the future of the internet we’ve heard so far. It involves lots and lots of sensors. [Mashable]

Nothing is More Attractive Than a Woman Menacingly Swinging a Baseball Bat: The video for Sleigh Bell’s “Infinity Guitars” is the coolest thing we’ve seen in quite some time. [Lost at E Minor]

Eliza Sys is Windswept

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The Essay Trade: You can now buy Chuck Klosterman essays iTunes-style for 99 cents a pop—in case you only really want to know what he thinks about Kiss. [Arts Beat]

There’s a Little Hobo in There Too: Zach Galifianakis defines his style as “community-college librarian.” Maybe he needs to hang out more with the GQ gents. [Vulture]

Jetpacks Included: Design guru Marc Newson’s latest exhibit includes a jetpack, a motorboat and a really ugly pair of shoes. But mostly the jetpack. [Cool Hunting]

Down Home: A gentleman’s guide to making moonshine. [Boing Boing]

Alyssa Miller is Reflecting

The Second Coming of Schott: What happens when you throw some leather jacket gurus into a room full of selvage? Easily the coolest jackets we’ve seen all year. [Esquire]

Lots of Fish: Everyone is two inches taller and 10% poorer than they say on their online dating profile. Also, out of their goddamn minds. [Gizmodo]

Insecticide: Someone made a portrait of a cowboy out of 200,000 dead ants. We just thought you should know. [ANIMAL]

Trust the Beard: Anything with both Robert Downey Jr.and Zach Galifianakis in it, we will watch. For instance, this trailer. [/Film]

Natural Light


Au Natural: ScarJo takes to the cover of French Elle. [Fashion Copious]

Three Wolves?: The (other) Times tracks down Zach Galifianakis’ semi-ironic shirt from The Hangover. Investigative journalism at its finest. [L.A. Times]

Stripe Life: A refresher course on proper boating attire. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Chivalrous Furniture: One lucky Pavement fan wins a $500 date with IKEA. Yes, it’s real. Yes, it’s a joke. [Vulture]

Wallpaper, Jewel Theives, and Jon Hamm


The Paper Chase: Another day, another tasteful wallpaper. [NotCot]

Oh Lydia: Lydia Hearst joins the blogger ranks. Good to know it’s still possible to break into media. [Gawker]

The Parisian Job: A fast-paced jewel heist goes fabulously right. As a bonus, the article begins with the sentence, “Their timing was as impeccable as a tourbillon watch, a luxury timepiece whose name means whirlwind.” Definitely one for the record books. [NYTimes]

Such a Hamm: Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis take public access discomfort humor to new levels. [White Lightning]