GENTLEMEN, THE GAME IS OVER. For the past 20 years, we’ve claimed that those bags that we sling around our broad shoulders are messenger bags, gym bags, laptop bags — anything, as long as it doesn’t rhyme with “purse.” But look inside that masculine satchel, and what do you see? A wallet. Phone. Keys. Add a logo and you’re carrying essentially the same thing as the woman sitting across from you on the subway.
This spring, the charade is over. Designers are no longer bothering to hide the fact that men are carrying so-called mocketbooks — and neither are smart-looking men. Coach has a beautifully made tote that would be equally at home on the arm of a chic Nantucket mom. Messenger bags continue to shrink to accommodate just the basics. And the latest iPad cases look suspiciously like women’s ultra-hip, right-sized clutches. It’s a trend to grab onto.
DODO CASE X BALL AND BUCK cloth and bamboo iPad case
$98 at Ball and Buck
> 144 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-262-1776, ballandbuck.com
GUCCI leather logo bag
$795 at The Tannery
> 711 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-267-5500, and 39 Brattle Street, Cambridge, 617-491-1811, curatedbythetannery.com
COACH “Bleecker” leather tote
> Copley Place, Boston, 617-262-0419, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, 617-723-1777, coach.com
TUMI “Astor Dakota” leather tablet case
$345 at Neiman Marcus
> Copley Place, Boston, 617-536-3660, neimanmarcus.com
FREITAG “Chuck” recycled tarp pouch
$49 at Uniform
> 511 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-247-2360, uniformboston.com