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Arm Candy: 14 Bag Brands All Stylish Men Should Know

It wasn’t all that long ago that the term ‘man bag’ would be uttered with more than a hint of a pejorative tone, as if us men were supposed to traffic our increasingly numerous daily essentials in our pockets. Thankfully those days are past us, and men can freely and wilfully go about their business with a bag in hand.

From cross-body messengers to luxury weekenders, the humble bag has become an additional social and stylistic signifier at least as important as any garment in our collective wardrobes. Moreover, it’s always the details that are best remembered – so one’s choice of bag is not a decision to take carelessly. Hence why we set about to discover the brands making the finest and most functional bags right now.


Designed in Copenhagen, Denmark, Danish brand Mismo tap into the Scandi tradition of clean minimalistic design to construct an array of stunning bags that perfectly integrate with a smart modern wardrobe.

Mismo’s enduring classics consist of Italian cotton canvas weekenders and cotton jacquard briefcases and backpacks with leather detailing. The choice to use hardwearing canvas rather than leather certainly keeps the cost down, while also giving their designs a nice textural finish.

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Carl Friedrik

Carl Friedrik is relatively new on the luggage scene but the Swedish brand launched by two brothers in 2012 has already carved out a niche for impressive leather bags and polycarbonate luggage.

It’s probably best known for its timelessly elegant briefcases, which are crafted from Italian leather and come in a variety of sizes from sleek portfolio to a more versatile ‘25-hour’ case for that whistle-stop business trip.

More recently they’ve launched a very slick set of polycarbonate wheely cases that feature a removable lithium battery to charge up your devices on the move.

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Steele & Borough

Despite the English-sounding name, Steele & Borough is the brainchild of Swedes Niklas Bandobranski and Catherine Nilson. The duo founded the brand in 2015 and have since made their name on the back of classic weekender and duffle bags as well as briefcases and backpacks.

The aesthetic leans retro, with traditional leather detailing. What sets them apart is their use of water-resistant PETA-approved vegan leather throughout the collection.

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Bennett Winch

We’ve long been fans of British luggage brand Bennett Winch for its acute attention to details, beautiful functional designs and sustainable approach to bag making.

Its flagship product is the Weekender bag, which as the name suggests is designed for short trips. Available in a range of canvas and leather styles, the bag is perfectly designed for those constantly on the move – it features a fully protected laptop pocket as well as a tablet/tech internal pocket while being sizeable enough to hold a change of outfits or your gym kit (the waterproof side-sleeves come in handy here).

Moreover, the Weekender looks like the money, and is well worth the money.

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Founded in 2017 in Mayfair, London by Melissa Morris, Métier is a very luxurious expression of bag design. Handmade in Italy to the highest standards using the finest quality materials, Métier’s modular collections are built to survive a lifetime (and improve with age).

While all of the bags are functionally unique and beautiful to boot, the Vagabond Messenger is perhaps the brand’s most iconic style for men, coming in calfskin, suede and military twill options. It riffs on vintage flight bags of the 1940s and features a number of interior and exterior pockets to better compartmentalise your travel kit.

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It’s rare to find a British heritage brand still run by the original family but 175-year-old Tusting, based out of Lavendon near Northamptonshire (they used to supply leather for much of the shoemaking industry there), is exactly that.

For many years the company has produced white-label bags and accessories for the world’s leading luxury brands, but are only now being recognised for its own creations, not least its stunning burnished leather and canvas holdalls, as well as leather backpacks.

One of the most popular styles however is the canvas Clipper, a quintessentially British satchel that will outlast you.

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If you know Valextra, you’ll probably think of it as a high-end contemporary leather bag maker, but the Milan-based brand has actually been crafting luxury bags since 1937.

Founded by Giovanni Fontana, Valextra still produces some of the original pieces from 1937, and is renowned for its sumptuous leather craftsmanship. Most of its pieces are made from soft-grained Martellato calfskin or Parigi leather while the majority of its bags are also lined with white leather. Another notable detail is that each bag features the individual artisan number of the craftsperson who oversaw its creation.

Unlike most other luxury labels, Valextra doesn’t use its logo or a brand-specific pattern to sell bags, but rather trades on its reputation, so much so that it offers cleaning and repairs for life. The house aesthetic is unfussy and minimalistic, with subtle geometric details giving the bags a hint of futurism.

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Porter Yoshida

Japanese bag-making icon Yoshida & Co. has been manufacturing contemporary-style bags and accessories ever since it was founded in 1951. Porter, branded in 1962, is the flagship brand of Yoshida & Co. and takes its name from the humble hotel ‘porter’, through whose hands the world’s bags pass.

Founder Kichizo Yoshida has always maintained the philosophy of ‘One stitch all soul’, which describes the company’s commitment to excellence and passion for what it does. Today, Porter’s aesthetic is very urban and perfectly complements a modern streetwear wardrobe.

The brand uses nylon fabrics for the most part, sticking to a dark urban palette of black and olive green with flashes of navy and orange. From its two-way overnight bag to day packs and belt bags, Porter is a great fit for those who like a techwear edge to their look.

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In the same vein as Porter Yoshida, fellow Japanese brand Indispensable prides itself on uniquely contemporary bags designs with a highly technical and utilitarian aesthetic. Founded in Kita-ku, Nagoya in 2013, the brand uses hard-wearing materials such as ECONYL®, an eco-friendly nylon-based fabric that’s tough to kill.

Belt bags and backpacks are the brand’s calling cards, featuring multi-pocket functionality and unique design elements you won’t find anywhere else.

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Groundtruth, founded by sisters Georgia, Nina and Sophia Scott, has one mission: produce bags that protect the earth. After previous careers in film-making and seeing the devastation caused by excessive human plastic consumption, the Scotts set out to design a backpack that made use of the waste.

The result was the futuristic utilitarian design of the RIKR backpack, entirely constructed from 120 post-consumer plastic bottles and 100% carbon neutral. It looks like it belongs on the back of a Special Ops and it has been tested in the toughest conditions, including sailing around Antarctica on the back of British explorer Robert Swan, the first man to walk to both the north and south poles unaided.

The RIKR range has since expanded to include a slick-looking technical tote, camera bag and multiple smaller accessories.

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WANT Les Essentiels

WANT Les Essentiels is a Montreal-based design label founded in 2007 that makes minimalist and functional bags. It was one of the first of the new breed of men’s bag brands and has laid down a benchmark for quality and style ever since.

As well as using beautiful premium leathers across its impressive collection of backpacks, totes, holdalls and briefcases, it also incorporates upcycled materials, organic cotton and ECONYL® – all of which create lower impact products.

WANT’s go-to colour is black so if your wardrobe is of the noir-ish persuasion then you’ll absolutely love accessorising your shadowy looks with these creations.

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Spanish-born, Florence-based designer Álvaro González has some serious pedigree having designed accessories for the likes of Valentino, Tod’s, Loewe, Emilio Pucci, Loro Piana, Valextra and Jimmy Choo for over 20 years. So when he broke out on his own in 2013 to create leather bags and sandals, you just knew he was going to flex.

You’ll need to head to the store in London’s Marylebone village to peruse the bags, otherwise you can find a good selection over on MR PORTER. The leather holdalls and backpacks are quite something and deftly traverse the business and casual divide.

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Maxwell Scott

Maxwell Scott is a family-run business that started out in 2002 by English entrepreneur William Scott Forshaw. With a passion for the iconic bag shapes of the past, Forshaw set out to find the finest, most sustainable Italian ‘Vachetta’ leather he could get his hands on before discovering a family-run factory in Tuscany with the artisanal experience to do it justice. Mission accomplished.

The very first bag Maxwell Scott made was the Paolo briefcase, a classically styled attaché perfect to complement smart business attire, but the collection has now expanded massively to include stunning leather weekenders, duffles and laptop bags.

Leather this good comes at a premium but with a 25-year warranty, it’s an investment for life.

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Founded by former financiers Samuel Bail & Abel Samet, Troubadour came about out of necessity. The pair shared a love for sports and weekends away but between them couldn’t find a weekend bag that could transition from the city and have all the functionality they required when travelling. So they made their own.

Today, Troubadour’s clean lines and sleek silhouettes punctuate the brand’s raison d’etre: to create modern bags that provide a conduit between smart business attire and casual weekend wear. From high-end Italian leather styles such as the Apex rucksack to the recycled polyester Troubadour weekender, the brand is committed to quality but also sustainability, pledging to become carbon neutral and eliminate flurocarbons in 2022.


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How To Have The Perfect Day For Yourself

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Do you keep pushing yourself to do more and more, and do you feel guilty when you stop? If so, you’re not alone, but you might be causing yourself some health issues. It’s far better to take some time for yourself and relax than it is to keep going, but knowing that and doing that are two different things.

The fact is that if you never take any time for yourself, you’ll burn out, and that’s going to affect your health and happiness even more. So why not take a perfect day to yourself and relax, have fun, and re-energize? It will help you more than you could know, and you’ll have a good time too. If that sounds like a great idea, here are some things you could do with your day to make it perfect. Read on to find out more.

Wake Up Early

Wake Up Early

If you want a day to relax, the idea of waking up early might sound like a bad idea when sleeping in might be something you don’t normally get to do, but if you wake up early, you can do more with your day, and you won’t feel guilty for wasting any time.

The best thing to do is to go to bed at a reasonable time the night before. In that case, it will be easier to wake up early, so plan ahead and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll feel healthy and energized too.

Do Something Fun

Drive a ferrari

You don’t have to do anything at all on your day off when you have your home all to yourself, but if there’s something fun that you do want to do, this is the perfect opportunity to do it. You might want to go and see a movie that none of your friends and family are interested in, or perhaps you want to go for a walk in the woods and enjoy nature in peace and quiet. Maybe you want to rent a luxury car in Montreal and go for a drive in the city, enjoying the fact that you’re doing something just for you that you’ll look back on and feel happy about in years to come.

Whether you do nothing at all or you plan a day of activities, just make sure you’re enjoying what you do and that you’re not getting overwhelmed and stressed, or the good you did by taking some time to yourself will quickly be undone again, and you’ll be back to square one.

Disconnect From Technology

Digital detox

As tempting as it might be to spend time on your day off scrolling through social media or checking emails, try to resist and do anything else instead. Social media can be fun and even good for business, but it can also be bad for people’s mental health, so disconnecting and doing other things is a much better option.

When you’re not constantly distracted by notifications and worrying about missing out on things that other people are doing, you’ll be able to enjoy the present moment much more. When you’re more mindful – which is what enjoying the present moment means – you’ll become less stressed and more relaxed, and your day off will be worthwhile.

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10 Loungewear Pieces That Will Keep You Comfortable And Stylish

The beginning of the 2020s saw people spending more time at home than ever before. The pandemic shone a spotlight on the clothes we wore while lounging around the house, and if you’re anything like us, you probably realised just how much time you spend slumped across the sofa in the same old moth-bitten sweater and gym shorts.

Lockdown is now (thankfully) well behind us, but it has left in its wake a newfound appreciation for good-quality loungewear, and an understanding that the clothes you wear behind closed doors are every bit as important as the ones that venture out of the house.

Chilling at home is an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and having some decent garments to do it in makes it all the more enjoyable. We’re talking comfy, cosy pieces that feel great to wear, but that won’t leave you looking like a complete slob when you have to nip out to the shop or greet the pizza guy at the door.

Here are the key pieces you might want to consider.

Dressing Gown/Bathrobe

There are few pleasures in life greater than swaddling yourself in a gigantic fuzzy dressing gown to drink your coffee on a lazy Sunday morning.

You can throw this thing on in the absence of clothes when you emerge from the shower. You can pop it on over your PJs while you shuffle around the kitchen eating toast. You can even spend an entire day in it, nesting on the sofa, surrounded by calorific snacks on a day off.

A good bathrobe is the perfect partner for all of these situations and more, so make sure to arm yourself with a good one in a cosy towelling fabric. Some of our favourites come from Derek Rose, Missoni Home and The White Company.

Drawstring Pants

A good pair of drawstring pants is one of our favourite style cheat codes. They allow you to enjoy the comfort and practicality of a pair of pyjama trousers or jogging bottoms while masquerading as something much smarter.

This makes them perfect for days spent around the house when it may not be appropriate to go full goblin mode, such as when WFH.

Check out the 24 Trousers from L’Estrange – one of our favourite options in this category.

Cashmere Jumper

Investment pieces aren’t usually part of the conversation when it comes to loungewear. That’s understandable. After all, who wants to pump a big chunk of their cash into something that’s never going to see the light of day?

But that’s where a cashmere jumper is different. This is one of the few pieces that can seamlessly transition from Netflix binge to formal function.

It’s comfy and cosy for lounging around, but it’s also luxurious and smart enough to team up with tailoring. And it’ll happily do everything in between those two extremes too.

Boxy Hoodie

We’re staunch advocates of the importance of a good fit, but when it comes to loungewear, you don’t necessarily want everything to be tailored to perfection. There’s a time and a place for baggy, boxy, loose-fitting clothes, and that’s when you’re chilling at home.

A heavyweight boxy hoodie is perfect for throwing on while you’re nesting at the weekend or on cold evenings after work. Go for something plain and well made so it lasts.

We always recommend Camber. It’s a USA-based brand that specialises in heavy-duty blank tees and sweats, and it’s hoodies are some of the best in the game.

House Shoes

You should always take your shoes off when you’re in the house, unless they were specifically designed not to be. ‘House shoes’ is an admittedly pretty broad term that can include anything from slippers to clogs.

They’re what you put on to schlep around the kitchen or take the bins out, and they really came into their own during lockdown.

Birkenstock has a bit of a stranglehold on this market with the Boston, but take a look at other styles like Reeboks Beatnik or The North Face’s Tent Mule too.

Heavyweight Joggers

Don’t waste your money on sub-par sweatpants. If you want them to last and be as comfortable and cosy as possible, spend the extra cash and get a proper heavyweight pair.

Not only will they stack better on top of your best sneakers far more effectively than a flimsy pair, but they’ll be much better at keeping you warm in the winter months.

Again, take a look at what Camber has to offer in this department. Otherwise, Carhartt WIP and Reigning Champ make some stylish options.

Oversized T-shirts

We’ve established why boxy hoodies are great for chilling in, and that same logic applies to tees too. Baggy T-shirts are just comfier, and that’s exactly what you want when you’re lounging around at home.

Instead of buying ones that are a few sizes too big, you could opt for some deliberately slouchy tees like the ones from Uniqlo U, which have dropped shoulders and a wide fit, but still sit at the right length for your torso.

Merino Socks

Merino is a wonder fabric that insulates amazingly, wicks moisture and dries fast. It’s also super soft and comfortable, all of which makes it a prime candidate for socks.

Buy enough pairs to rotate and never look back.

Traditional Pyjama Set

The modern loungewear landscape is dominated by sweatpants, hoodies and crew necks, but a good old set of traditional PJs is still as good an option as ever, and something well worth arming yourself with if you like to save on your heating bill in the winter months.

Some of the brands making the best versions include Derek Rose, Hamilton + Hare, Desmond & Dempsey and CDLP.

Sweat Shorts

Sweatpants are comfy, but they might be a bit too warm for the summer. That’s where you’ll want a pair of sweat shorts. These stretchy bad boys are essentially cut-off joggers.

They’re made from the same comfortable fleece-backed jersey cotton and are perfect for chilling in the warmer months.

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Discover The Latest Olsen Clothing Canada Collection -Trends and Styles

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Fashion is ever-evolving, with everyone constantly on the lookout for trendy wear. A mix of culture and modern design signifies class and style. Everyone has their unique take on what constitutes “fashion,” but most would concur that it reflects an individual’s sense of personality via their attire.

It’s reasonable to suggest that clothing has the potential to incorporate different spiritual and ethnic customs. However, finding current cuts and cultural aesthetics in one place can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Worry not, as we bring you a clothing store, Olsen Canada, with in-house designs that consist of a contemporary lookbook with a hint of elegance.

We have created a comprehensive review of the service below to look deeper into their diverse range of clothing and facilities. Let’s get right into it.

A Stylistic Analysis of Olsen Clothing Canada

Olsen Canada is an acclaimed name with their persistent style inspiration and a long line of fashion wear curated since 1995. They design apparel with expert skills, considering client tastes and distinct preferences.

European fashion inspires the 16 collections that come out every year. From lovely linens to strong statement pieces, they specialize in providing effortless looks. Everything you could need, from casual and formal, from dresses to blazers, can be found in a single accessible location.

Made with premium eco-friendly material, Olsen Clothing Canada has something for everyone. Taking into account that art is the essence of life, they have in-house designers who introduce runway-worthy cuts and colours to make you stand out in the crowd.

Maintaining a feminine vibe in their outfits, the materials they utilize for their clothing line are top-notch with a wear guarantee, making it appealing and long-lasting with comfort in place. Moreover, they have 24/7 staff to assist their customers with queries or concerns, making them reliable.


Diverse Product Line

They have everything in store, from collection-based and free-style outfits to pick and choose from. Their collections include Effortless Ease, Season Favorite, Vintage Holiday, Designer Choice, and several others.

Olsen Canada does not restrict its designs to a specific demographic; instead, they have a unique set of clothes and flattering cuts to suit any body type and age. From their capsule collection to versatile statement pieces, their apparel is one of a kind.

Quality Clothing

With an inclusive body type and style quotient, Olsen Clothing Canada makes sure to provide the highest-grade fabric. They ensure that the cloth is soft and comfortable and can be used over a longer period to offer high value for money.

Eco-Friendly Apparel

Their designers also introduced a line of high-quality clothes made of biodegradable material. This is an effort to reduce the carbon footprint and waste from landfills. Their environment-conscious efforts make them a step further than regular clothing brands.

Express Delivery

With many convenient physical store locations, customers can easily order from their online website.

  • By navigating through their intuitive UI, you can scroll through their website and skim through all their categories.
  • After selecting the items you want to buy, you can add them to your cart.
  • Here, you must provide personal information, such as name, contact, and address details, and select a payment option.
  • You will receive your order with their express delivery service in a few business days.

Accessible Customer Service Representatives

Besides having a line of premium quality clothes, their customer service is exemplary. By writing to them, you can quickly get in contact with their customer service team for any sort of questions you have. Their customer staff is informative, highly responsive, and has problem-solving abilities regarding orders.

Concluding Note

Style is individualistic and translates an individual’s personality; clothing helps portray this. Women are always looking for feminine yet classic, modern clothes that are easily accessible; Olsen Clothing Canada specializes in this. With their current designs and trendy cuts this company proves to be one of Canada’s most fashion-forward clothing lines. We hope this article was informative and helped you understand more about Olsen Clothing Canada in detail effectively.

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