[Ed. – It’s a portmanteau of ‘man’ and ‘purse,’ which is exactly what this latest ‘fashion statement’ is.]
If there’s one apparent shift in fashion, as evidenced during the recent menswear shows, it is the ever-growing consciousness (and embrace) of gender-non-comformity. More and more, designers like Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, and Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga are opting into combined runways to showcase their men’s and women’s collections together, making it possible for pieces to move fluidly across genders. At Vetements this season, gender appeared to play no role in who wore lace and heels and who didn’t.
With that growing consciousness comes the inevitable breakdown of gendered garments and accessories. Womenswear staples like heels, skirts (thank you, Kanye), makeup, blouses, and jewelry have all come a long way in breaking their gendered bubbles and crossing over into menswear. But what about the handbag?
In recent history, purses or handbags worn by men, often called “murses” or “manbags” have been the butt of jokes.