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Leather Man Bags for Geeky Men

Updated on November 24, 2014

Top man bags should be well designed, durable and discreet

So you are thinking of buying a man bag, if you are you just arrived in the right place. To get the best man bag you need to consider exactly what the man who wants the bag requires from his bag. I say that because chances are you are buying the bag as a gift for the man in your life and if you aren't and it is for you, it doesn't hurt to consider what you want your man bag to do either as a functional or a fashion accessory.

So if you haven't made up your mind then you have found this article in the nick of time, there is information here, and plenty of it, that can help you decide which man bag you need. Just read on to discover who needs a man bag and what facilities a man bag can offer.

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What Type of Man Needs a Man Bag

Computer geeks with a laptop,tablet or smartphone

Fashion concious younger men

Fashion concious older men

Men that just need to carry stuff

Men that need to be organised

Men that just like bags

Professional business men

Men that have to travel

Even you?

Man bags leather
Man bags leather

So why leather

Are they the best man bags?

Two very good reasons: -

Durability - Perhaps you remember those old school satchels many of us used to carry to and from school every day, packed full of books and notepads. Stretched to the limit as every item that has to be carried was jammed in, often including sports gear, lunch boxes and any other accessory a schoolchild could think of. What were they made of? Yes leather and for good reason, they stood the test of time.

My old leather satchel lasted 5 years of abuse and mishandling, being bashed into walls, dropped from a great height and occasionally it was a substitute for a football. But it lasted and went on to retirement as a girls satchel where it was much better cared for. So the truth is leather lasts.

Style & Manliness - a mans bag should look like it belongs to a man, now I will hear you argue that women's bags come in leather as well, and you are right they do. So yes it isn't just about the leather it is actually about being leather and in the right style, plus for the fashion conscious man it is going to need to be mid road between formal and casual, not too far in either direction. You don' want a briefcase and neither do you want a rucksack, that's not what man bags are about.

Man Bag by Leather Impressions

Small but functional, originally came with a belt loop but now has a shoulder or wrist strap option. You won't get your tablet in this one but if you want something for your smartphone, keys, wallet, pens etc. This is the bag for you.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Luggage - Now we are getting serious

Bringing out the big guns, this is a leather messenger bag for men that has amongst various other accolades been described as the perfect man bag. The price may be a bit daunting but it seems to say that sometimes if you want quality you have to pay for it.

Big enough for a small laptop, 3 open top accessory pockets and with a removable shoulder strap, this bag is both stylish and rugged.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Luggage Show Business
Kenneth Cole Reaction Luggage Show Business

Amazon are showing a 50% saving on this product at the time of writing.


Mens Genuine Leather Multipurpose Travel Bag - Not for a notepad or larger tablet

One reviewer gave the size of this bag as being 9" x 7" x 4" and complained that size should be included in the description. I agree you shouldn't have to rely on another customers information, but sometimes price matters and this bag is one of the most affordable leather man bags that comes with a shoulder or wrist strap. Another one for those little things you need with you.

New Mens Genuine Leather Multipurpose Travel Bag Black
New Mens Genuine Leather Multipurpose Travel Bag Black

You can get this one in brown or black, but if you want brown you might need to be quick.


Kenneth Cole Reaction Bag - Product Dimensions: 3 x 11.5 x 10.5 inches ; 2.3 pounds

Made from Columbian leather with a flap over magnetic snap closer. Now that's neat, no fiddly buckles and includes a cell phone holder, pen holders and credit card slots along with the iPad compartment . But this one comes with a permanent shoulder strap and no handle, so if you don't want to carry it on your shoulder then don't buy this one.

My Favourite Man Bag - Vote for or add your favourite man bag

These are all best selling man's messenger bags! There is no accounting for taste, so if you think they are rubbish vote them down or if you think they are brilliant vote them up. And if you think the best are not even listed you can add them, what a winner!

Leather Man Bags for Men - Surely not?

Would you buy a man bag to organise all your personal accessories?

The Big Man Bag Vote - What do you really think

Would you use a man bag?

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Come on, share your man bag stories - Or just tell me what you thought of this lens, I can take it, I'm a man!

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @chezchazz: Ticking some of the boxes on the check list here Chazz, thanks for dropping by.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      My wife bought me one because she had back problems and did not want to carry my "stuff" (cell phone, etc) in her bag any longer. I must say now that I have gotten used to it, I consider it quite convenient - it is a modest size and not as heavy as carrying a briefcase or large messenger bag and it does keep me organized.

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      @Lady Lorelei: lol, if I was hauling a TV around, I think even I would be able to find that in the bag.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Although I know a few guys who could use a man bag, my man isn't the type of guy who would carry a man bag unless you had one large enough to tuck a television into.