History of the Man Bag
Men’s bags ranging from messenger bags, briefcases and satchels to backpacks are seen everywhere you go. Mainly a practical accessory, they are also a fashion statement. These masculine bags are nothing new, and have originated as far back as 5000 years ago. The picture above is a messenger bag.
Legendary Warrior William Wallace A.D. 1272-1305, used a sporran, Gaelic for purse, as an accessory for the pocketless kilts. The Scottish adapted their version of the man bag. He wore it around his waist and off to the side. The picture below is an army green satchel.
Legendary Davy Crockett A.D. 1786-1836, had his hunting bag. It had a long strap and he wore it across his body and toward his back. He was the King of the Wild Frontier and died during the battle of the Alimo, 170 years later, the leather saddleback would appear.
Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Indiana Jones, from action hero films in the 1930’s, carried a simple crossbody messenger bag, with a flap over closure as shown below with the brown messenger bag. All of these bags among the legends remain similar to this day. They were mainly a medium size over a larger style, which is popular among most men now. They have much more of a variety of styles and colors along with fabric to choose from, and are worn across the chest, the back or hanging over a shoulder.
In the Middle Ages, the man bags were known as girdle pouches replacing pockets, which had not been developed yet. They were used to carry herbs for spices to mask bodily odors and carry money. During the Renaissance, pockets had greatly reduced the use for man bags. They were used to show wealth and status. The satchel was created during this period, and continues it’s popularity. They are a smaller version of the crossbody messenger bag as seen in the picture below.
The Industrial Revolution changed bags to suit the progress era, with the introduction for freedom of travel with the railroads. they needed a strong and sturdy bag and the briefcase was created. They resemble the ones we have today, for example with the black leather version below. It has a handle on the flap over cover, and the attached long strap to be worn crossbody style or over the shoulder.
The history of these bags were associated with the pioneer spirit from the American trailblazers of the Wild West. They carried burlap gunnysacks that resemble a potato sack, satchels, and the gym or duffel bags. The man bags have a long history of masculinity, seen today as businessmen from movie stars to an array of men out there who carry them. There are many choices from stylish and classy to more casual, rugged or have an edgy appearance. Below is the gym style duffel bag which is made of a casual canvas fabric, and has the darker straps.
Using an all weather protection product like Tana All Protector or a special conditioner that is sold for footwear, is a benefit to keep your bags lasting longer.
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Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.