With designers finally beginning to understand that true gentlemen want bags that are both functional AND elegant (the latter was seriously missing in recent years), I’m thrilled that Anya Hindmarch, one of my favorite labels whose namesake designer is a true sweetheart, is entering into the men’s world with a new bespoke line of about 50 pieces. Her first piece–a briefcase in natural brown leather lined in woven jacquard and bound in grosgrain ribbon–was created in collaboration, and named for, Dylan Jones, the editor of British GQ. “I have always been obsessed with men’s accessories, because there is such a straitjacket when it comes to the limitations of what men can and will — and indeed won’t — wear,” Hindmarch tells the magazine. The resulting bag is a shape that doesn’t break new ground in any way, but it’s nevertheless sleek and very utilitarian. Despite its deceivingly polished exterior–not a single extraneous pocket or embellishment in sight–inside there’s room aplenty: pockets for the Blackberry, business cars, keys and a smaller-sized computer.
$1,760, available by special order at Anya Hindmarch boutiques.