The growth of men’s bags as a sector is quite incredible. Menswear as a whole has outstripped women’s clothing for a few years now, as we’ve accepted the idea of buying better clothes and wearing them better. But while it grew 15% worldwide last year, men’s bags grew 25%.
There are many reasons for this, including the growth of tablets and mobile working, the investment of luxury brands in the area, and the relative ease of launching a leather-goods company.
You can read my thoughts on the sector, including an interview with Alessandro Sartori of Berluti and mentions of my two favourite start-ups – J Panther and Troubadour – in my latest article for the Financial Times weekend edition.