Finally, A.P.C.'s Japanese Denim Shopping Bag is a Tote Made for Grown Men

A beauty by the masters of French minimalism.
IMAGE A.P.C. Paris; Commonwealth

Men don't have too many middle-of-the-road options when it comes to practical bags for daily use. Of course, you have regular backpacks and messenger bags and duffel bags, but these mostly aren't ideal if you're walking around or commuting with a smaller, more leisurely volume of stuff. Which is really just to say that there aren't too many stylish men's counterparts for women's handbags. (A case could be made for the recently popular cross-body bags and belt bags, but they could also well be a passing menswear trend).

So consider the canvas tote bag: an easy way to carry just a few things, like a small laptop, a couple of chargers, a power bank, or some groceries and miscellaneous sundries that you picked up on the way home. Canvas tote bags are simple, practical, and affordable; but most importantly—unless you've picked one with garrish graphics—they generally don't cramp your style.

In fact, tote bags like this A.P.C. Axel Shopping Bag are much more stylish than the backpacks and messenger bags and duffel bags that most stiff office-bound types lug around to their stiff offices. This one bears the sort of quality materials and craftsmanship that we've come to expect from the label that mastered French minimalism: Rather than canvas, it's made with raw Japanese denim (which means you'd have to watch out for color bleeding!) and vegetable-tanned Spanish leather. Then of course, the not-so-subtle flex of a screen-printed A.P.C. logo.


It's luxe, but also battle-ready—a worthy option for any guy who could use a stylish tote to take on regular office days or everyday errands. Say you're preparing a nice meal for a Saturday evening, and you'd like to head out early to shop for ingredients at the palengke. Take this along and it'll prove a stylish glow-up to your eco-bag or bayong. And yet it would also be just as appropriate as an all-day hand-carry for trips abroad. It's practical and it fits in stylishly wherever it's needed, which is exactly what you'd ask for in a bag like this.

The A.P.C. Axel Shopping Bag is available at Commonwealth Greenbelt 5 for PHP15,500.

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