Men’s Fashion Advice is all in the Bag – The Man’s Bag

Maybe women were right after all these years. Carrying stuff in a purse is much, much easier than stuffing everything in your pants pockets. I know I don’t have enough room to carry the whole lot of items I use daily such as cell phones and laptops, to keys and wallets. Men have a lot of things to haul around sometimes. That may be one of the reasons why men everywhere are beginning to copy women and carrying around men’s bags for all that “stuff”.

Forget about that antiquated notion that carrying a bag is just for women and a fancy way of saying carrying a purse. What do you think that briefcase of yours is? If briefcases are OK for men to carry around then there should be no reason why other bags with classic elements, like messenger bags, can’t be an accepted accessories for today’s modern man. Here are a few of the most popular, classic bag styles that can be mixed and matched with both business and casual wardrobes.

  • Briefcase – When it comes to acceptable handbags for men, there is no other more famous that the good old briefcase. The briefcases used today are a far-cry from the ones used by our fathers and grandfathers. These new briefcases are no longer boxy shaped and don’t have those sharp corners but use a more rounded edge. They still employ the use of buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments making this bag a staple for the working-man’s wardrobe.
  • Messenger bag – The slick looking messenger bag was designed and modeled after the bags traditionally carried messengers throughout history. They are normally made from a canvas material and worn swung across your shoulder. These bags have become a big part of urban fashion. The men’s messenger bag has a laidback style to go with a classic, casual flair, while the leather messenger tote screams uptown sophistication.
  • Holdall – A real man of travel needs to own a holdall for those exciting weekend getaways or out of state business trips. What was once considered big and bulky has become transformed into a sleek and stylish carryall. The design for these bags was inspired by the duffel bag believe it or not. Now thanks to a largely leather exterior and more refined appearance it took on more of a classic look than a practical one.
  • Tote – The tote is this generations take on the classic briefcase. It closely resembles an artisan’s bag with the maximum in casual business attire. It has a pretty basic design with soft leather exterior giving it that classic look. It employs the use of long handles giving it an edge of contemporary. This kind of man’s bag will add a touch of casual masculinity to any casual work wear.
  • Newsboy bag – The newsboy bag is one of those classic styles that are forever timeless. It is almost synonymous with men’s casual wear. Similar to s messenger bag’s style, its traditional exterior of canvas gives it less formality than a messenger bag. The newsboy bag is great for students and workers on the go, leaving a fashion statement mark on anyone who sees it.

A Guide To Jewelry Boxes

Taking care of your jewelry begins with proper storage. There are certain damages you can cause by being careless about where you put the pieces when they are not in use. Aside from the risks of theft or of losing them, you expose them to many elements that could lessen their luster or cause irreversible imperfections.

A jewelry box is an essential part of collecting jewelry. It can help you organize the pieces. For example, putting sharp metal-based pieces in a compartment separate from the precious stones to prevent scratches or chips.

Choosing a Box

When choosing a jewelry box, price and design may be among your first considerations, but also consider how the material of the box will react with your jewelry. For example, wood reacts with silver, causing it to tarnish. To solve this problem, wooden boxes must have a lining, usually velvet.

The size of the box should also be part of the equation. If you are planning to build your collection, you must have a box large enough to accommodate the different pieces you will acquire.

A jewelry box may come in paper, plastic, metal or wood. Of these, wood is the material of choice for elegant pieces. The classic look of handcrafted hardwoods like mahogany, maple, elm, and cherry, compliments the beauty of the jewelry pieces. The boxes often have solid brass or gold-plated hinges, locks, and knobs to complete the look. Other more lavish designs feature leather or animal skin.

Expensive and expertly crafted jewelry boxes last a long time. Their value increases through the years, as well. Italian jewelry boxes made from traditional materials fetch several thousand dollars. This is the reason why serious jewelry collectors are also keen jewelry box enthusiasts. They know that the boxes themselves are valuable in their own right, making them an important part of the collection.

5 Fabulous Women’s Jewelry Boxes

Many women consider jewelry a major element in their style and fashion and often, we find ourselves looking for wonderful storage to match the collection. Jewelry boxes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and shapes that all make fabulous homes for your pieces. Aside from their utilitarian nature, they also make wonderful accents to your dresser or vanity. Regardless of your style and collection, you are certain to come across one you love. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Inspired by the movies “Labyrinth” & “The Dark Crystal”, this fantasy jewelry box was designed by Kristen Hassenfeld for Cerealart and features a musical diamond-shaped storage adorned with a silver-looking chain and held by a “crystal” base. The ornate lid has an inside mirror and opens to reveal a tiny lotus flower and a tiny swan that “swims” around the flower while the music plays. Made from plastic and resin, the interior partitions have a soft lining designed for small pieces of jewelry.

Bubinga Wood Jewelry Chest
The jewelry storage is a product from Chasing Treasure and manufactured by Jere Wright Global Ltd. It features an elm burl inlay with a gloss finish and black enamel accents. With a solid brass lock and key, it comes with an ivory velvet interior lining and an inside lid pocket. The 14 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ box includes 3 pull out drawers (with partitions) and 2 side swing doors with inside pockets and hooks.

Queen’s Court Medium Case
A part of Wolf Designs royal collection, the leather case comes with various jewelry compartments and a removable travel case. It features a soft camel “LusterLoc” treated interior and an inside lid mirror with hidden necklace hangers. It comes in 3 different colors (crimson, bronze, and black), and have a chrome lock with key.

A design by John Knott of Bent Fabrication, the 6″w x 15″d x 44″h jewelry box looks more like a spaceship ready to launch or an insect stuck on a piece of metal. This rather “out of the box” design is made from poplar and chrome steel in a camouflage pattern, has 5 pull-out drawers on the front, and sits on a steel stand.

Diamond Ring Packaging
A concept by Alissia Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, the packaging was designed for her diamond ring collection, but it can also be used as wonderful slim storage for your own rings. The boxes are made from museum board with loose layers and come in 3 different thicknesses (for 9mm, 4mm and 2mm rings). Held together by rubber bands, each piece is laser cut while the ring shape is laser etched. The packing orientation is sideways, making the ring lie flat to the engraved ring shape.

There are so many stylish and unique jewelry boxes available nowadays it’s hard to settle on just one. Whether you are keeping an awesome original jewelry packaging or investing in a more costly designer box, keeping your pieces of jewelry organized protects them from getting mixed up and tangled (and scratched!) while they enjoy their own separate “rooms.”