Life is so much more carefree with a rucksack, and happily they are firmly on trend. This bag is from Eastpak's latest collaboration - the DRKSHDW collection by leather maestro Rick Owens.
Price: £180 0207 734 0300
This outdoors brand has its origins in the Klondike gold rush, when founder CC Filson's clothes and blankets protected the stampeders from freezing conditions. The wholesome check and rich red colour will lift any outfit.
Capellino is the queen of the man bag. Working from her studio in Shoreditch, she creates timeless yet modern designs. This waxed cotton satchel has two straps so you can choose between a handle or a shoulder strap.
A perfectly proportioned bag from Bill Amberg which has a sleek, sophisticated feel. Available in three sizes, this signature tote is an informal alternative to the briefcase.
Channel the Eighties dance student look with this fabric gym-style bag. Its nice and light, so it won't give you aching shoulders or weigh down any spontaneous car-top dance routines.
Price: £24 Americanapparel.co.uk
This sleek chestnut brown design has the feel of a Forties camera bag, and will acquire a nice vintage patina with wear. Perfect for work or a lost weekend.
Price: £115 Tedbaker.com
Diesel Black Gold
A little bit preppy and a little bit grungy, this duffle kit bag also has a utilitarian military feel to it. Shamelessly bash it about as the bag will look cooler with age. Price: £425
Pockets bulging with wallets, keys and loose change don't exactly make for a clean silhouette, so pile your effects in this soft chocolate bag. It's also slightly distressed for that metropolitan grunge look that All Saints does so well.
Price: £75 Allsaints.com
Complete with a dog tag detail and choice of straps, this soft leather holdall in RAF blue will unleash any man's inner Maverick. It's also roomy enough for a long weekend away - just don't forget those Aviators.
Price: £895 Mulberry.com
This charcoal twill briefcase is the perfect beginner's man bag as it can be passed off as a laptop case. The leather trim gives it a pleasing 'trendy teacher' undertone, and after a few months of toting this you'll be ready for something more daring.
A selection of the best 'man-bags'