We tend to write mostly about expensive man bags for Man Bag Monday, which I suppose makes sense in the context of the rest of the things we tend to fawn over; the men’s luxury market is opening up in an exciting way right now, and it’s fun to explore that. For the average style-minded male consumer, though, I get the sense that four-figure bags aren’t the first stop for something stylish. (Besides the Louis Vuitton men’s customer, of course. Those dudes are dedicated, and more power to them.)
That’s where a store like J.Crew comes in. It’s accessible both physically and aesthetically to a wide range of men, and although it’s an elevated price point for many dudes, a $100-$300 men’s bag is a palatable intermediary between carrying something thoroughly average and breaking into the true luxury market, which many men both gay and straight still view as a bastion of only the most effete. The new J.Crew Abingdon Bags are particularly strong – casual, a bit rugged, but still refined and classic enough to warrant their price tags. Check out our favorite J.Crew Abingdon options, from backpacks to weekenders, after the jump.