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Bag to differ

Bags for men aren’t just about style, they’re functional accessories, too.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2010 19:46 IST
Shweta Jain

Bags for Indian men have graduated from bulky business briefcases to smart yet functional accessories. Though one doesn’t get to see as many menswear designers in India showing bags on the runway as their contemporaries in Milan or New York, the designers here have their own set of reasons for it.

According to designer Pallavi Mohan, many Indian designers get divided between doing “out and out western or Indian wear” for men. Or probably they show both. “So in this case, to show an accessory such as a bag remains uncertain. One can’t really show bags with Indian wear. I did make bags for a sporty collection last season, though.”

In the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week for menswear Autumn/Winter, many a designer showcased huge leather bags. Designer Nitin Bal Chauhan feels the trend is certainly catching up in India, especially that of a men’s tote.

He says that his latest range of laptop bags for men was a hit with the Japanese buyers. “Men don’t buy bags only to flaunt but for a purpose. Since corporate guys or businessmen want to keep all papers, diaries, and other important documents in it, I give them interesting features in a bag such as little pockets. Then sling bags or cross-body pouch bags are a rage among students.” Customisation is the key. “I even make bags for artists to keep their paints and brushes in,” says Chauhan.

The preferred colours the world over, however, remain, brown and black, with maybe a hint of fluorescent thrown in.