Trend Watch: Men’s Bags Make a Splash on the Runway

Designers have been pushing the "man bag" for years with very little luck, but soaring sales of men's carryalls and their ubiquity on the Fall 2011 runways indicate that they might finally be catching on.

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Bottega Veneta's woven leather totes have been a logo free statement of luxury for women since they were introduced in the 1960s, but now creative director Tomas Maier is offering them to men.
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Louis Vuitton unveiled a new line of men's bags at its fall 2011 show called the "Damier Infini", which come in motel red, glacier grey and anthracite. It's a major push for the French luxury brand, which up until now has primarily offered men messenger bags and traditional briefcases.
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Miuccia Prada has been championing the man bag for years (remember those men's doctor bags from a couple of years back that had men everywhere in a hot debate?) For fall 2011 the bags are oversize and boxy.
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Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry reported a 27 percent rise in sales for its third-quarter, due in large part to the brisk sales of its men's bags. Burberry CFO Stacey Cartwright said, "In China and the rest of Asia -- where Burberry has a big fan base -- men's accessories are a huge market."
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Costume National sent models down the runway at its fall 2011 Milan show carrying its version of the male clutch. While the look would be considered downright experimental for American men, its a popular accessory in Asia.
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Courtesy of Nancy Gonzalez
Exotic bag maven Nancy Gonzalez got into the men's bag market this fall with a line inspired by and named after her son Santiago Gonzalez. Demonstrating how gender neutral bags have become in the market, the line has done well with both men and women.
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It's no surprise that Marc Jacobs showed bags with his fall 2011 men's collection. What is, is how downright similar they look to his women's offerings like the classic Marc Jacobs Carla bag.
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Mulberry has quietly been growing its men's bag business for several years, with help from its celebrity fans like David Beckham and Kanye West. The brand even has a men's only accessories store in London.
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