It's been a journey, to mostly find an apt place to find a classy, luxurious but very useful man bags in the Philippines. It's a young concept, to think of a "carry" culture in Southeast Asia, but it is happening. To even think that it's manly to call it a "man" bag must have raised the eyebrows of a lot people, but it all comes to function, to reliability, priorities, and of course looking good. Anybody in their right mind shouldn't always call it hipster, but you're free to call it that. Then when we visited a store called URBAN TRAVELLER & CO. at the 3rd Floor of Greenbelt 5 a few days ago, I just felt I was in man bag heaven!
This is their pop up store and they've got another one in Power Plant Mall in Rockwell. You might think it's a little intimidating, but really it's a one stop shop for all things you'll love as a man, or for your man. Now I know it's the holidays and if you haven't thought of a gift for a guy friend, a loved one or relative, this place will not only give you the answers, but may just confuse you because there's a LOT of them here! It's already curated, so you're assured that the only things that are inside the show are already hand picked items that has passed the standards of the Urban Traveller Co. management, who themselves have been using these products. Designer brands from all around the world, it was bound to be good and I took the liberty of taking photos of some of the best!
|Venque also made this one. I like the contrast between the dark blue fabric and tan leather trim.|
|They have this particular model in Black Nylon, Full Black Leather and Brown Leather.|
|If you open the bag, you already have the option to pull this out and hang it on a wall and keep your clothes free from wrinkles without the need for ironing.|
|You can even take out the interior structure and make more room for other things like clothes, shoes, documents too.|
|There is an attached bag up top so you can have shoes or travel documents within reach. You can even store this on the compartments with ease.|
|Then when you pull it out, it would look like this! This is their most premium bag in the shop so if you're looking for the perfect bag ever, this is it!|
|For a more suitcase like bag, without the coldness of leather and metal, VENQUE takes another hit with this one. It's my favorite palette again so as you may understand I'd love this in a second.|
|This one has got a different top, zip it right up and go!|
|Classy, sophisticated and in a different color, this was the favorite of Chuckie Dreyfus I heard :)|
|Keys in the pocket? Home, Car, tons of doors, don't worry because ORBITKEY is here! It organizes your keys like magic and neatly places them in line so you don't sound like a debt collector when you're sitting down or walking.|
What I also like about The Hare and The Tortoise line is that apart from their design aesthetic, they've got the zippers designed with whimsical characters like in the kids stories. If your personality is a little playful, add in English literature in any bag and you've got that look taken cared of. I also like this one in particular because I don't have anything in camouflage. You can always have that look pulled off with this one. Urban Traveller & Co. carries brands like Venque, Gnome & Bow, Bomber Co., Dun, Archival, This is Ground, Ideal & Co., Akaba, Secrid, Orbitkey, Keysmart, Bellroy, Quistion and Vocier. You don't need to go around the world to look good and get one of these items in the Philippines. No more envy for the Asian guy, because it's all here!
For men, there should always be a conscious effort to make a statement because with a man bag, it always tells a LOT with who's carrying it. I may always look at a person's things, his shoes, his bag and could tell right away how they are in person. We don't do that to judge, we just know what looks and feels good when we have it. I've talked to the URBAN TRAVELLER & CO. Founder and CEO Hans Fernandez that afternoon when I paid a visit on their Greenbelt 5 store. Here it is on video, make sure you check out the things he showed us that afternoon. Enjoy!
You see, they take a lot of care in choosing what's the best out there and these bags by no means are some of the best I've seen out in the market. I dig what they're doing here, much like a movement of sort to bring forth what's trendy, what's hip and still functional, but never ever forget the fact that one should look good. I hope in this short stint, you got to feel the same excitement as I had when I visited them in Greenbelt 5. Take a trip down there and check out the items you could buy for your man, for your guy and loved ones. Christmas is after all a great reason to splurge a little and buy your boyfriends, your husbands and relatives something good as they all deserve something special because they've worked hard the whole year.
Take my word for it.
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