Doing It Satchel Style

With all the gadgets we have today –iPad, iPhone, tablet- it’s no surprise that the man bag has become a must-have for the modern man. While the backpack may have taken the stage in recent months due to the sports luxe trend, recently fashion has turned its attention to the past and revived the satchel, making it the need-to-have accessory this season.

Invented in the 17th century, the satchel became synonymous with the English school boy and is now as functional and fashionable as it was then. Alan in The Hangover exclaimed “It’s not a man purse, it’s a satchel. Indiana Jones wears ones” while Joey from Friends famously said of the man bag “It is as handy as becoming”. We couldn’t agree more, here’s why…

Burberry and Louis VuittonSeveral catwalk designers showcased collections with influences from travel and adventurers, most notably Burberry’s collection which was inspired by the adventurer Bruce Chatwin and featured the satchel as part of the traveller theme. Since Burberry showed satchels on the spring/summer ’15 men’s catwalk it’s no surprise that the classic style has been sported by many of the fashion elite. The satchel fits effortlessly into the new season utilitarian trend; opt for shades of brown, khaki or black to make sure yours is bang on trend. The quintessentially British item has been elevated to high fashion status and we’re loving it, here’s how to style it:

Satchel style inspirationThe masculine bag is the perfect work to weekend accessory so you can team yours with a sharp tailored suit for the office or with a classic trench coat and lightweight shirt for a timeless off-duty outfit. Some of our favourite looks incorporating the satchel are courtesy of celebrities such as Gerard Butler and Johannes Huebl, surely that gives you yet another reason to buy into the classic piece. If you’re already itching to get hold of the new season ‘it’ bag, make sure you check out some of our favourites by Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant and RJR. John Rocha.

Satchel Editor's picks

Shop the edit– top row left to right: Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant dark brown leather satchel, Conkca London whiskey leather satchel, Made by Stitch tablet satchel.
bottom row left to right: RJR. John Rocha brown leather satchel, Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant black detachable strap satchel bag, RJR. John Rocha tan leather satchel. 

Fashion trends may come and go but the classic satchel has been around for centuries so it’s proof that it will stand the test of time. With the combination of fashion and function the satchel will become your daily essential- you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Make sure you have the must-have classic pieces every man needs by reading our Men’s Shopping List on Style Edit and Timeless Men’s Style Cheetsheet. 

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