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The Wishlist: Functional Bags

The Wishlist: Functional Bags

Okay, so perhaps functional is stretching the point a bit. Not all of the bags on this wishlist have been designed with function alone in mind, but all have – and we at FLANNELS HQ unanimously agree on this – seriously hot form. We’re talking oh-my-gosh-I’m-guna-rip-that-bag-off-that-man’s-back kind of nice. Here are the season’s hottest, form-and-function bags.


Long weekends away should be arrived at in style. There’s no point rocking up to a swish boutique hotel with luggage that’s not up to scratch. With this Gucci Supreme duffle slung over your shoulder you’ll look like Bond on a mini break in the Cotswolds. Useful and attractive.


Who says embellishments are just for girls? Indulge your flamboyant, glam rock side with a rockstudded Valentino backpack. Leather, nylon and metal hardware have been combined to devastatingly covetable effect. But don’t be fooled – function has not been entirely surrendered to form. It comes with a massive front pocket and luggage tag (should you forget your own address.)


Seen on everyone from A$AP Rocky to Brad Pitt, the man bag has come back in all its over-the-shoulder glory in recent years. The humble messenger has been reimagined season after season in increasingly luxe forms. Valentino’s studded spin on this classic style is as aesthetically pleasing as it is handy.


Have you seen the number of pockets on this Gucci dream bag? There are so very many, all of them useful for odds and sods when you’re out and about – be that luxe hiking in the Alps or strolling down the high street to pick up your dry cleaning. Structured and sporty, it’s made out of some slick technical canvas. Strap on and buckle up.


Go undercover with Giuseppe Zanotti’s printed backpack. Contrary to its camouflage façade, it’s actually sure to make a statement, especially when worn with Yeezy’s slick white sweater. Not one for the wallflowers among us, this is an accessory whose military vibes and signature detailing are sure to draw the green eye of other jealous bag fans.

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