The Statement Bags: Leonello Borghi
By Nick Burns
All photos: courtesy of Leonello Borghi
The "It Bag" has been on the lips of every woman since Sex and the City first hit the airwaves and validated every woman's obsession with shoes and bags. Now, men—especially gay men—are catching on to the "It Bag" idea, tossing aside their usual black leather or canvas messenger bags and reaching for totes, weekenders and briefcases with a little more eye-catching style—in bold hues, large patterns, exotic skins, super soft leathers, shiny patents and metallic fabrics—while still maintaining an overall masculine look—okay, so it's not as masculine as your gym bag.
Men are finally breaking the mold and embracing accessories that make a statement. This spring is all about statement pieces including bags, scarves, jewelry and shoes. While monochromatic color palettes and minimalism are back in a big way, add a dash of eye-popping color, or an indulgent snakeskin bag for a little drama that will immediately up your style quotient.
Check out the python skin bag by Leonello Borghi above. While the natural python print is subdued by the dark dye, the skin gives the bag excellent texture. Snakeskin used to be taboo for men, evoking images of Las Vegas lounge lizards in pimped out suits and pointy snakeskin shoes, but the exotic skin that has been a longstanding favorite in womenswear, has been redeemed. If you're feeling a bit more ballsy, reach for the natural python skin with light brown leather handles. It's sure to cause a scene.
Rogue Python Carry On Bags, Leonello Borghi, $2,484, at Barneys New York, or visit leonelloborghi.com