Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
A men's bag is always functional, because the representatives of the stronger sex choose mostly practical things and accessories. Nevertheless, designers all over the world work on the shapes of patterns, use different materials and colors – all to ensure that haberdashery products for men are not only comfortable, but also correspond to fashion trends. The magazine presents a ranking of the 13 best men's bags.
- How to choose a men's bag
- Rating of the best brands of men's bags
- Best inexpensive men's bags
- The best men's bags in terms of price-quality ratio
- The best premium men's bags
- Salvatore Ferragamo
How to choose a men's bag
The first thing to pay attention to is the material of the bag. A high-quality product that will last for many years should be made of leather, but sellers often pass off an artificial substitute for natural material.
4 tips on how to identify natural leather yourself when meeting with dry goods in a store:
- Look for a skin sample label. Large manufacturers attach it to the label. Genuine leather is soft, does not exfoliate, does not melt, the sample is figured (for leatherette – a rhombus).
- The smell of natural material is specific and leathery, in leatherette it is artificial, reminiscent of paint.
- Surface properties: when you touch the leather product, there is a feeling of heat transfer. A more accurate indicator is wet hands, natural material does not retain water droplets on its surface, but absorbs it.
- On the leather bag itself, there are areas with exposed edges, where you can also see the structure of the material. As a rule, leatherette products do not have such cuts, all edge sections are carefully folded and stitched.
To identify real suede, it is enough to hold your hand against the 'fur': natural material will change its shade, artificial material will remain the same. This unique property of suede fabric cannot be faked at present.
The second moment of choice is the quality of the lining. Open the bag and assess the integrity of the seams, the uniformity of the distribution of fabrics, the serviceability of the internal locks. The fabric in the sewing areas should be dense, protruding threads are unacceptable.
The fittings should be comfortable: buttons close without effort, like zippers, latches. Please note: the application of force to close the locks is undesirable, it is inconvenient and leads to wear of the hardware elements.
The handles should be comfortable and fit well in the hand without slipping. The straps of the shoulder bag should not be narrow, but wide – so the loaded product will not press and cut the shoulder. The length is adjustable for almost all straps; in addition, they can be equipped with clamps and anti-slip pads.
When choosing a bag made of good leatherette, pay attention to the quality of the seams, lining and fittings. The situation is similar with the selection of textile products.
Rating of the best brands of men's bags
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||rating|
|Best inexpensive men's bags||1||Malgrado||4.8|
|The best men's bags in terms of price-quality ratio||1||Duffy||4.9|
|The best premium men's bags||1||Prada||4.9|
Best inexpensive men's bags
Budget brands sew bags from leather and its substitutes, but not of the highest quality, but in some cases this statement is unjustified and the products do wear for a long time, keeping their appearance.
The Italian brand Malgrado opens our rating. This is a recognizable brand of inexpensive leather goods produced in Chinese factories under the copyright control of the country that owns the brand.
The Malgrado line has perhaps the widest selection of men's bags of various styles: briefcases, large and small models, bowlers and duffles, business cards, purses. For their sewing, genuine leather of high-quality finishing in brown, black and gray is used. The products are practical – they have many pockets with high-quality branded fittings, while the weight of the bags is always small.
You can buy Malgrado bags from 3000 rubles.
- A wide selection of bags of different styles;
- Convenient bags with multiple pockets;
- Branded reliable fittings;
- Production material – genuine leather;
- Hardwearing lining.
- The price is at the limit of the budget category.
In second place in the rating is a brand from Belarus, a well-known Suffle. The product line consists mainly of genuine leather of different colors and shades. True, the variety of models is not as wide as that of the leader, but in the quality of no indents – careful tailoring, reliable fittings and a dense lining. For men, the line includes classic briefcases with short handles, purses, diplomats and men's clutches. The manufacturer annually replenishes the collection, but not as widely and often as many would like.
You can buy a bag for a man from Suffle on average from 2,500 rubles.
- Quality cow leather for manufacturing;
- Functional pockets in each item;
- Basic models in the line of bags;
- Optimum quality fittings;
- Thick lining.
- A relatively modest collection in terms of assortment;
- Small selection of colors.
In third place is the domestic brand of leather goods Pellecon, men's bags from which are preferred by lovers of classics in leather. For production, materials from the world's leading manufacturers of accessories and textiles are used, including eco-leather, and natural leather, mainly of Russian finish. Local tailoring is a guarantee of the relatively low cost of the entire line of Pellecon leather goods, including bags of various styles: travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, clutches, purses and many others – almost all possible models.
A fly in the ointment is not always added by high-quality stitching of pockets and fastening of accessories: users note a weakening of the seams even with moderate load on the bag. Fortunately, such cases are isolated and not systemic.
For a men's bag from Pellecon you will have to pay at least 2,000 rubles.
- Domestic leather goods;
- A wide range of styles;
- Good cut and tailoring;
- Imported fittings;
- Affordable price, one of the lowest in the rating.
- Not always a quality line;
- The most affordable models are made from eco-leather.
The Forte brand belongs to Russian craftsmen from St. Petersburg. The company is focused on masmarket buyers, but the collection also includes premium leather goods. For men, Forte offers purses and clutches, the line is not rich in other models, mainly wallets and belts – you can pick up inexpensive accessories for a bag, complete a good gift for a young man or a man of different social status.
Forte bags are made mainly of Russian leather, but the manufacturer does not always use high-quality material, therefore, after a few months of active wear, scuffs form on products even on natural material. For this, the brand receives only the fourth line of the rating.
You can buy a Forte bag from 1265 rubles.
- Affordable prices;
- Good tailoring;
- Sturdy fittings.
- Small selection of styles;
- Short-lived products – wear is observed after a few months.
Another foreigner in our ranking is the Italian Bolinni, a brand specializing in the production of budget leather goods. The assortment of men's bags made of natural and artificial leather is pleasantly surprising – the collection contains products of many styles of different colors, for a student and a boss, for a young person and representatives of the older generation.
Judging by the reviews, the owners have no complaints about the quality of the bags themselves and the accessories – everything is done with the pedantry of Italians. However, with not the widest choice of models, the price of products is not available to everyone, despite the budget orientation of the segment.
You can buy a Volinni men's bag from 3,000 rubles.
- High quality of leather goods;
- High wear resistance of leather and lining;
- The optimal choice of styles for different occasions and images;
- High presentability for the budget segment.
- Not the lowest price for inexpensive bags;
- An incomplete range of styles in the line.
The Russian brand Alliance closes the category of budget men's bags, focusing in the creation of products on the classic forms of cases and portfolios, backpacks and voluminous postman bags demanded among business men. For manufacturing, natural leather or its substitutes on a fabric basis are used, which can withstand intense wear, including at low temperatures and high humidity.
The peculiarity of the bags is a plastic frame inside that maintains the shape of the product when worn. It also prevents the wear of individual 'problem' parts of the skin.
The price of the Alliance bag is from 2,000 rubles.
- Classic line of bags;
- Reinforced inner frame;
- Reliable hardware made of metal and plastic;
- High-quality eco-leather and genuine leather, resistant to wear.
- A wide range of styles.
The best men's bags in terms of price-quality ratio
In the middle price segment there are brands that are more widely recognized in comparison with the budget 'brothers'. Manufacturers offer their customers bags with the best value for money, which are chosen by people of different social status and positions, including managers and entrepreneurs.
The collection of the Swedish brand Duffy includes briefcases, backpacks, travel and waist bags, handbags made of genuine leather. All products are distinguished by their functionality – many convenient pockets with high-quality fittings and a dense lining with the brand's logo distinguish Duffy bags, as well as combinations of fabrics and colors: linen, cotton, eco-leather, textured and smooth genuine leather.
Duffy collections have a solution for any man's wardrobe, from office style to city walk.
The price of brand bags starts at 4,000 rubles.
- Wide range of styles;
- Strong fittings;
- High quality sewing materials;
- Unusual combinations of materials and textures.
- Not defined.
The GUESS brand, along with clothing and accessories, produces bags for men from genuine leather, its substitutes and textiles. The line includes laptop bags, briefcases, clutches and purses, backpacks, travel models and many others. The manufacturer, from collection to collection, experiments with the texture of materials, their combinations and relies on quality, so each line of the bag is stitched perfectly evenly, and metal locks and zippers serve throughout the entire life of the product.
In addition to leather bags, the line includes backpacks and products made of synthetic materials soaked against moisture penetration. The inner lining of all models, without exception, is dense, it does not lint at the seams.
The average price of GUESS bags is 10,000 rubles, the cheapest products are from 4,990 rubles, which is much more expensive than the cost of products from the leading brand in the category.
- Bags for any occasion and status;
- Experiments with the texture of materials;
- Exceptional quality of tailoring and accessories;
- High wear resistance of leather and synthetic textiles.
- The price is higher than that of the leader of the rating, with the same quality.
The American brand Samsonite presents bags made of synthetic fabrics based on dense nylon, polyurethane and polyester. The choice of fabrics is not accidental – products made of them are more practical and durable than leather, and all kinds of impregnations provide protection against water penetration into the bag.
As for the styles, the Samsonite designers are laconic: they offer mainly basic models of city backpacks, travel, shoulder and waist bags, briefcases. The range is also not wide – traditional black and brown products, so lovers of the classics and the presented range will be able to find something suitable for themselves.
Despite the absence of leather in the Samsonite collection, the cost of bags and backpacks is comparable to them in value – from 6,000 rubles.
- Practical nylon outside and dense textile inside;
- Thorough stitching to prevent threads coming out from under the stitching;
- A good basic collection of bags and backpacks for every day.
- Minimum selection of models and colors;
- Considerable price for nylon.
The Polo brand needs no introduction – it is known all over the world. One of the activities is the production of bags for men. The line is designed taking into account the interests of modern men living in the rhythm of the city: a variety of tablet bags, over the shoulder, business models large and small differ in texture and skin tone, valve design elements. The assortment does not shine with variety, this is one of Polo's concepts – the manufacture of clothes and accessories in an urban style, which is fully consistent with the bags from the collection. They will appeal to students, managers and employees for daily life and weekend walks.
The average price of bags is 2000-3000 rubles.
- Different colors and texture of the skin;
- High quality of used leather and accessories;
- Optimal price;
- No complaints about tailoring and wear.
- A limited edition collection of bags.
The best premium men's bags
The advantages of premium bags are obvious: they have a presentable look, the best quality of material and accessories, and brands are recognizable, therefore the products are in demand among people of high social status.
Prada bags are available in all possible styles from men's travel suitcases to compact clutches. They are varied in color, design and material (textiles or leather), but are always impeccable in performance and are branded with the Prada image.
Along with bags, the leather product line includes folders for documents, purses, wallets. You can also choose the texture of the material: smooth leather or imitation of python, crocodile, models and colors differ from black, blue and gray to red.
The cost of Prada bags is considerable, the minimum price is 10,000 rubles. However, the investment in a wardrobe is significant – the bags are suitable for almost any style of clothing, but even with frequent wear, the skin does not wipe, retaining its original appearance. Looking ahead, we note: Prada is the most recognizable brand among those presented in the category, while not the most expensive.
- Exquisite perfect appearance;
- Variety of textures and skin colors;
- Wide range of styles;
- Recognizable brand.
- Not defined.
The Montblanc handbags are well-known among the high-profile people – the brand offers elegant products made from high-quality leather and textiles with the Montblanc-branded embossing. Handbags, briefcases and travel bags not only emphasize the high level of their owner, but also raise it, because Montblanc is one of the most expensive leather goods in the world. The brand regularly improves its assortment, taking into account the fashion trends and wishes of customers, so the collections become more presentable and more elegant from release to release.
Montblanc leather goods are mainly used by businessmen, because the cost of one textile bag starts at 21,000 rubles, and leather – from 52,000 rubles.
- Presentable leather and textile products;
- Highest quality and durability;
- Regular update of the collection.
- Very high price.
Connoisseurs of haute couture know firsthand about Salvatore Ferragamo – an Italian brand with Hollywood roots of the early 20th century, whose line includes excellent bags for men who want to emphasize their high status, along with shoes and leather accessories.
The manufacturer uses natural calf leather of a special dressing for sewing bags, dyeing it and giving it various textures. Products do not wear out or deform, they can serve for many years. In a wide range there are different styles of bags, purses and clutches, even men's cosmetic bags.
What is typical for Salvatore Ferragamo is the absence of brand embossing or metal name stripes in prominent places of the most expensive bags – they are hidden inside the product, on the sides or on the handles. Thus, the manufacturer focuses on quality and not on the manufacturer's recognition. On relatively budget models, the 'Salvatore Ferragamo' inscription is embossed or colored embroidery.
The cheapest SF bag costs 25,600 rubles, the most expensive – over 100,000 rubles.
- A wide range of classic bags;
- Long lasting color;
- Genuine calfskin leather, resistant to wear and tear;
- An emphasis on quality without a focus on the brand.
- Lack of sports models;
- High price.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.