If you caught our recent editorial on the increasing amount of men rocking purses as part of their most eye-catching, fashion-week friendly ‘fits, you’ll likely be familiar with the great range of alternatives to a preppy backpack now available. From luxury side bags to shoppers and totes, there’s a whole new world of stylish ways to carry your belongings. Perhaps best of all is the neck pouch.
Offering the functionality of a wallet and phone case in one (they generally measure between 5 and 10 inches in height), without the need for hiding away its flex-worthy branding in your pockets, labels from 1017 ALYX 9SM to Balenciaga have all embellished neck pouches with their signature design tropes for the new season. What’s more, the piece comes with appeal both for head-turning streetwear fits (OBS and Palm Angels) and next-level chic (Jacquemus and JW Anderson) alike.
Indeed, perhaps leading the way with the trend for SS19 is French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. Now in just his second menswear season, his “Le Gadjo” neck wallets are the perfect example of how you don’t have to look femme or overdressed to sport a sizable accessory traditionally associated with women’s fashion.
“It seems to have gone fanny packs, side bags, chest rigs, and now neck bags,” says Highsnobiety’s Noah Thomas (above) of the trend. “Men having a well-designed everyday bag to stash their belongings is still kind of new and exciting for many guys, which is why I think there’s such a big place for these new variations. Bags like this Acne Studios coin purse doubles as an alternative to a precious metal necklace being the star around your neck”
Other highlights from our selection include a graphic-printed pouch by JW Anderson with beaded suede fringe, a larger, more functional embossed number by Moncler Genius x Craig Green, and a grained calfskin, industrial-style bag by Tokyo-based designer The Viridi-anne.
Peep our full selection below.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews