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Man-bag 101 - A guide to choosing the right style for you

An often neglected element of a man’s wardrobe, the man-bag is not just a receptacle for which he carries his things but also a status symbol.  Whether it’s a musty old gym bag, a top-of-the-line attache or simply a bag for life, unearthed from the cupboard under-the-stairs, the bag a man carries undeniably says a lot about him.  The term “man-bag” can be problematic in itself, never mind the daunting task of choosing a style and fit for you so here at Niche Lane, we’ve provided a guide to choosing the right type of bag for every stage in a man’s life.  


The Student

Running late to lectures, running society events, crashing at your mates house after a heavy session at the union pub- does this sound like you?  To keep up with the hectic undergrad lifestyle, you need a bag that is both versatile and durable: that’s why we suggest the Porter leather backpack.  This premium leather rucksack is a must-have for anyone looking for practical yet distinguished design.  The Porter has been created with one purpose in mind, to suit all occasions from important business settings, to overnight stays, to a trip to the gym.  And to top it all off, this leather backpack boasts a large padded compartment that fits an impressive 15.7” laptop, perfect for hauling your laptop to campus for those late night sessions at the library.



The Graduate

Your uni days are over, you’ve just secured that graduate job in the city and for the first time in your life, you really have to think about your wardrobe. The Ryton leather messenger bag is the perfect fit for you.  Worn high and across the body, the messenger looks sleek and stylish but its practicality lies in its padded laptop compartment and internal dividers.  The adjustable shoulder strap allows movement and frees up your hands so you can quickly down that coffee and croissant on your commute to work.  



The Big Promotion

Finally those years of hard grafting at your mid-level job have paid off and you’re up for that big promotion.  It’s time to make a big impression and re-think those wardrobe choices that you made as a young grad, fresh out of uni. The scruffy canvas bag you’ve been hauling around since the first day of the job simply won’t do anymore- it’s time for an upgrade.  At Niche Lane, we suggest the Loxley briefcase.  The heritage inspired design is classic but not stuffy and the modern functionality of the bag means that you can whip out your new business card at a moment’s notice.


Golden Age Traveler

You’ve reached an age where you can enjoy a life of leisure: European tours, wine tasting weekends and weekly golf trips are permanent fixtures in your social calendar, it’s now time to invest in a fine quality leather holdall.  The Niche Lane Pioneer and Aviator holdalls are the ultimate status symbol. Combining handcrafted, full grain Buffalo leather and timeless design, these beautiful leather weekenders give a new meaning to traveling in style.  What is more, our luggage complies with most airline cabin size requirements, meaning that you can worry less about planning and get on with enjoying your trip.