Jay-Z, Usher, Kanye West Lead the ‘Man Purse’ Revolution

Wed., Mar. 2, 2011 9:44 PM EDT
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The art of accessories has been around for decades.  They have been known to transform looks for the good and the bad.  Some say that “less is more,” and others just pile it all on.  From shoes and jewelry to shades and handbags, your choice of accessories can be vital in completing your daily ensemble.  Some accessories are unisex … like bags, for example.  Women may be seen carrying a handbag, and men may be seen carrying a “man bag.”  Which prompts the question, “What exactly is a ‘man bag?'”

Dictionary.com says it is:

“A handbag or purse carried by a male, often in the style of a messenger bag or backpack; also called a man purse.  Example: Metrosexuals indulge in man bags.”

This trend has been brewing in Hollywood amongst stylish male celebrities such as Kanye West, Usher, and Jay-Z, all spotted sporting over-the-shoulder “murses” (man purse), hobos and satchels instead of the once classic briefcase. Even actor Zach Galifianakis from the popular movie “The Hangover” put the man purse, or, better yet, satchel into the spotlight.  When questioned about his own man purse, his famous quote from the comedic film had audiences falling out of their chairs:

“It’s where I keep all my things … Plus, it’s not a purse. It’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.”

Whatever the definition may be, the rise of the man purse is kicking the briefcase goodbye. Which begs the question, “Have these trendsetters launched a new trend, or has the “murse” always been overlooked and underrated?” Rolling out has decided to take a public poll about the man purse and the contents inside.  Check out this hilarious video on the man purse, and vote your opinion. –mckenzie harris

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