The man-bag saga

January 16th, 2009

I was just reading about Margiela’s new man-bags… pictured below. I got mildly interested in man-bags (man-purse? Murs?) this past year but couldn’t get myself to buy one.

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Here’s the thing. DJ’s need bags. Traveling international men of mystery need bags. I’m both, I need a good bag. I’ve had backpacks for years. It’s the obvious recourse for DJs… and backpackers, duh. Don’t think I’ve forgotten my roots. In the vinyl days I used to carry those Shure or Technics backpacks with a heavy load of wax in them. Remember Esdjco? (Whoooaaa they still have my picture from when I was 16 on their site!!) Their bags were even bigger. 

I can recall the first time I went to the Stretch & Bobbito radio show on WKCR in 1997, Lord Sear was clowning me and my brother. He was the first person to make fun of my non-existent shoulders. “Yo what’s holding up that backpack? You got no shoulders!” He was also the first person to say that Dave looked like Paul from The Wonder Years. But I digress. (How about GLC rapping “If you’re feeling like a pimp, man / go and take your shoulders off” to me at a rehearsal?)

The point is: despite what Newtonian physics would have you think, I can carry a backpack. But I get tired of backpacks. They kill my back. They make me look/feel like I’m 16. That said, you know what’s good about a backpack? Compartments. And that’s what stopped me from making the dandy-man move to the man-bag in 2008. Man-bags don’t have compartments and it seems that in order to keep yours looking spiffy you can’t fill it up too much. That doesn’t work for me, I carry a ton of junk and need it neatly filed.

So there you have it, my thoughts on bags.

More on Margiela bags at Selectism.

30 Responses to “The man-bag saga”

  1. william says:

    What about this one: The QWSTION – Messenger Bag !!
    A perfect ‘murs’ that even can be transformed into a backpack…!

    just a tip…



  2. Sorry, but I have to disagree. Men’s bags have come a long way in the last couple of years and now have compartments for everything.
    Have a look at and you will see what I mean!

  3. A trak your amazing

    I am a 16 yr old kid from Canada and i have started a clothing company called FreshFoundation.
    It is a blend of street wear mixed with high fashion. I would really appreciate if you guys could just check it out and want to know what people think so i can improve my designs.

    thank you so much

  4. Natty says:

    Your thoughts on bags were something I didn’t know I needed until after it was over! Your blog is so entertaining, please keep it up!

  5. Dann Ryan says:

    I carry a man bag when spinning with just Serato records, laptop, cartridges, and headphones in it. I catch a lot of shit for this look, but it’s easy, and I don’t need but a few compartments for those things.

  6. PTCHFRKR says:

    I have a large Chrome laptop bag, which fits my MBP, sound card, headphones, console, keyboard and cables. Might be worth checking out (although I’m not sure if decks would fit):

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  8. min says:

    Stick to the backpack.
    And trust me, a manbag will hurt a lot more, since the weight is distributed when you wear backpacks. I know, i’m a gal, and it’s painful when i carry my lappy on my bag all day long.

    Plus, there are so many cool backpacks:
    The coolest.

    For records + serato….hmm..:
    Not the most beautiful backpack i’ve seen, but it must be ideal, functionality wise

  9. Emily Wells says:

    dude, dont get this purse, or something close to it. Being a woman I can tell you that man bag will send the wrong message to your fans. You want a chrome backpack. They’re less girly and hella comfortable.

    check it out!!

    they were made for bikers, but work well for everything. I swear by em, and you can carry records in them.

    Love your stuff! You’re my biggest inspiration!!

  10. Emily Wells says:

    yes!! im glad im not the only guy who recommended it!

  11. IM BACK!!! Havn’t visited in a while. I lost ALL my bookmarks on my MAC the other day, and just got everything i had backed up, restored.

    Looks like the blog is rocking!

    Hope all is well sir!
    Travel safe and cheers to another GREAT year!!!

  12. Schoolin4theGoodLife says:

    well i wouldn’t have a man bag.i’d feel like i would have to take on a new lifestyle.i could see it now,i’d be reading a novel in a cafe while eating a range of cheeses.i’d be ordering salads and other kinds of healthy foods.i’d always have a pen handy as well.i’d probably even start getting my hair cut on a more frequent basis and i’d blow my nose a lot as well and probably have a really neat bedroom where i’d do yoga and keep my very useful nail clippers.i’d be that guy that doesn’t have a scratch on my ipod and i’d be reading a 2 day old paper just because it’s something to read.

  13. Andrea says:

    Bored up at night….searching you tube for random things like random Radiohead clips….came across your “Paranoid Android” mix (which I loved)….which lead me to your web site….which led me to your “Man Bag” post…..and we might have come full circle. I have a line of bags under the label of “Silent Revolution”. Would love to offer you a bag for free since I really enjoyed your mix (any chance of getting a copy?…Check out our Hybrid Bag. I think you’ll like it. It was originally designed as a record bag for DJ’s but kind of became much more….Drop me a line. Let me know what you think.

  14. DJ Cable says:

    Get a Jansport and act like you’re back in 1995, son!

  15. DJ Mada says:

    I still have an Esdjco bag stuffed with crap in my closet. Ha Ha. I still a big fan of their Aero2 slipmats though.

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  17. Rose says:

    It seems like something is missing, no?

  18. God point about this, nice summary.

  19. Nice bags…but care to say the price?

  20. Jim says:

    the first link seems to be down

  21. well im still confusing with this topic, but your writing makes me more clear. Thx!

  22. Matt Ogborne says:

    I think you really need to see how man bags have progressed. There is a wrath of high quality man bags out there, Vistconti is a name to look out for they got some cracking leather manbags, see for some reviews on them.

    I got the Visconti Workplace 18548 bag, its weathered really well on the tube, plus I can get my laptop in it which is a huge bonus!

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  26. Florian says:

    So what man-bag is A-Trak using right now?

    I’ve seen it once and I kinda liked the bag. Eventhough I was very astonished that everything did fit in the bag. But what brand model is it?

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