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Friday, September 12, 2014

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Bag): S.F. is Home of the Man Bag

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags! - IMAGE COURTESY OF MAFIA BAGS
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  • S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags!

We know full well that the typical San Francisco man knows how to dress.

Why, we have even stated that the urban San Francisco male is aptly described as a metrosexual, someone who is confident with their sexuality and adopts fashions and lifestyles that are traditionally associated with women and homosexuals; in short, they flex, wax, Spanx, and accessorize.

While this may not be news for anyone, it's this type of this male that has inadvertently made the fashion retail market shift toward a wider variety of clothing options. The newest of these trends to bite is the man bag (judging from the crop of new retailers popping up).

We're declaring San Francisco the murse capital of the America and we've set out to find the best of the best (thus far).

1.) Mafia bags

MAFIA Bags is the passion project of brother-sister duo Marcos and Paz Mafia; they wanted to share their passion for nature, appreciation for living a simple life, and commitment to making a social impact with others. Founded in 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, MAFIA Bags is expanding into the United States and opening its flagship U.S. facility in the Inner Richmond on Clement Street. All of its eco-friendly and handmade products will be locally produced right here in the City from recycled sails.

2.) Timbuk2

The modern man is always ready for everything and carries all he needs on his back. With the option to create your own bag, and with 18 locations in San Francisco, this local brand lets people express their individuality and sets the standard for style with a satchel. Timbuk2 has now been in business for 25 years and produces over 70,000 custom messenger bags per year for not only the S.F. man but all mankind.

3.) Chrome Industries

A City staple know for its seat-belt strap that doubles as a bottle opener, this company is not originally from San Francisco, even though it is associated with our laid back style sensibility. Founded in 1995 in Boulder, Colorado, Chrome relocated to San Francisco in 2002. In August 2010, Chrome opened their second retail store in Manhattan, New York, and has since opened retail locations in Chicago and Portland. Their products are know for their functionality, utility, and durability.

4.) Everlane

This San Francisco-based fashion brand has recently been making headlines for their S.F.-only, one-hour delivery option for shirts, totes, and accessories. But this doesn't take away from the superior quality and affordability of their weekenders, backpacks, and satchels. Plus there are so many color selections that break away from the typical monotone look, you may even leave with more than one article of clothing. (P.S. Shipping is free for two or more items and this includes the one-hour delivery option. Dangerous.)
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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?

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