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Yes, You Should Carry A Bag

As these men show, a well-made bag is part of your life.
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Man bags, a tricky subject. Should you, a man, carry a bag when you could: 1.) use these things called hands; 2.) use these things called pockets; 3.) not bring stuff that requires hands and pockets (and bags)?

While, yes, you can eschew the bag for these reasons (really?), you will be missing out on gear that will make a difference in your life (you can only do so much with two hands) and, maybe more important, speak about who you are. Which is the magic of any accessory. When done right, it adds a layer of character to a standard shirt-and-pants rig.

Just take a look at these roundup of men, who in collaboration with homegrown leathergoods house Fino, created the most perfect bags for their lives.

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The man Carlo Ople, vice president of digital strategy and disruptive business of PLDT
The bag A leather-canvas messenger bag with multiple compartments suited for a gadget-filled life

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The man Elbert Cuenca, restaurateur (Elbert's Steakroom, Ramen Yushoken, Mendokoro Ramenba)
The bag A racecar-inspired tote that speaks of his love for fast cars


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The man Robby Goco, managing partner at Cyma Greek Taverna, Green Pastures, and Souv!
The bag A cross-body bag that is suitable for both market runs and travel


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The man Eric Paras, interior designer
The bag A nylon tote with a detachable clutch—the perfect home for the essentials of a creative


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The man Monchet Olives, marketing director of Casa Mercedes
The bag A “fan bag,” which is exactly that, a stylized clutch for his windmakers


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