I'm in the search for my first messenger bag from LV. It'll be my first bag purchase. I've realized that I need a bag because I'm tired of stuffing my pockets and dropping my iPad because my hands are too full going to and from work. I was showing my boss the Abbesses (I think my favorite of the bags) and she said that was too feminine (because of the Vachetta). Then the husband said, "What are you crazy... LV is a girls brand. If you carry that around people will think you're gay." Another co-worker said that if I slung a mono bag on me then I'd be considered "Metro". My fiancé says that the LV brand is the most gender neutral out of the luxury brands. I was sort of off put by what my bosses said because to me LV is not just a woman's brand. Obviously if you spend 5 minutes on LV's site you'll see they cater to both genders. So it begs the question, is the Abbessess in mono too feminine for a man? I'm an outdoors kind of guy (shooting guns, triathlon, hunting, etc) also engaged, but I really do love my luxury items too. To me, the LV Mono is iconic. But maybe I'm skewed on how masculine it is. Thoughts are appreciated. For the record I did do a search trying to find an answer and didn't have much luck.