I cannot tell youâ€”I donâ€™t think I can even beginâ€”how much I dislike the word â€œmurse.â€Â Itâ€™s not even a word, really.Â Itâ€™s just a fake word somebody made up because they didnâ€™t want to say â€œman purse.â€Â And you can see why, but still.Â I mean, why does it have to be a â€œpurseâ€ of any kind?
Because I do like bags, and men often do really get the short end of the stick when it comes to things to contain and carry their stuff in.Â Women of course have purses, which are (in Western culture, at least) universally accepted not just as a utilitarian necessity but as a legitimate fashion accessory, and often a quite beautiful one.Â They take a variety of forms, as well, for different seasons and occasions:Â shoulder bags, tote bags, handbags, clutches, and the list goes on.Â And then there are the many interpretations and variations in shape, size, color, accents, trimâ€”theyâ€™re almost like butterflies, with no two alike.
Men have wallets.Â Usually in black or brown.Â See what I mean?
Okay, youâ€™re right, thatâ€™s not really fair.Â We do have more than a few other options.Â Briefcases arenâ€™t really my thing, though, at least not outside the officeâ€”too formally professional.Â Backpacks and satchels are fine, but very casual.Â AttachÃ© cases can be quite beautiful, although they often donâ€™t hold much more than a collection of papers.Â Messenger bags are a personal favorite of mine, but again theyâ€™re usually pretty casual in design.Â The relatively new development, the rolling laptop case, is soÂ not sexy, absolutely not a fashion accessory, although I confess that I have started using one (I canâ€™t say â€œcarrying,â€ as one doesnâ€™t) in RL, to and from work, to keep from straining my neck and shoulder.Â Getting older is, in fact, the suck.Â But I digress.
With the exceptions of attachÃ©s and briefcases, there arenâ€™t many high-fashion options here.Â This is where the man-bag/man-purse/murse (/me sighs) trend has reared its adventurous head, attempting to provide for us men some more stylish alternatives, albeit often (in my humble opinion) with more ambition than success.Â Boris Juneberryâ€™s SOHO Metro Murse is successful as well as ambitious, practical and beautiful at the same time.Â Itâ€™s stylishly shaped and finished in rich (Corinthian?) leather, with handy exterior pockets and shiny metal fittings.Â Click to choose from five different leather colors (Black, Brown, Camel, CognacÂ and White)Â and five metal finishes.Â Choose from three colors (Black, WhiteÂ and Gold)Â for the optionalÂ clipped-on sunglasses.Â Six preset combinations are available, or you can customize each element individually to make up your own unique look.Â The bag also includesÂ a â€œholdâ€ pose, so hopefully it wonâ€™t appear to float magically around in the air, at least not too much.
The detailed leather textures are clearly photo-sourced, but theyâ€™re well assembled, avoiding most of the problems I associate with photo-sourced items.Â As is inherent with photo-sourced images, lighting is more specifically directional, so it may not look 100% correct from all angles.Â Thatâ€™s to be expected, given the technique, and the resulting effect works fine for me and is not a distraction.Â More problematic is the fact that the bag is no mod, and no resizer script has been used, so thereâ€™s no way to size it up or down for a better fit to your avatar.Â The â€œout of the boxâ€ size is a little on the big size for me, but should probably work just fine for most guys.
L$245 at SOHO Fashion (Hyades 225, 208, 29).
Since weâ€™re already talking about fine leather accessories, it seems only appropriate to say a few things about my footwear.Â These are Eponymous Trenchmouthâ€™s (relatively) new â€œFrankenâ€ shoes.Â You may recall that Epo has done a few other shoes with similar stack heels.Â As you can see, those styles were rather less conventional in both color and styling.Â These are ever so slightly more sober and restrained, but the heel elevation means that no one will ever mistake them for anything stuffy or conventional.Â I love the subtle differences in the leather textureâ€™s matte finish, and the serpentine stitchingÂ up the toe and vamp is something of a marvelâ€”how difficult must that texture have been to piece together so precisely across the shoe’s prims?Â Unsurprisingly, the detailing is not confined to the more readily visible areas of the shoe.Â Note the subtle wear scuffs across the sole, the heavy stitching around the outer edge, the shiny nails that hold together the layers of the heel, and the embossed designer logo in the arch.
â€œFrankenâ€ is an entry in Epoâ€™s new Green & Son line of shoes.Â Other entries in the initial offering of styles include â€œColbertâ€ and â€œStewart.â€Â Hey, wait a minute, those names sound familiarâ€¦do I detect a motif?Â (What, no Maddow for the ladies?)Â “Stewart”Â is somewhat to similar to â€œFranken,â€ but in glossy black patent leather with suede insets.Â â€œColbertâ€ is available in classic Black, Brown, CopperÂ and Cordovan.Â A resizer script allows for easy fitting, and a separate â€œpower walkâ€ animation override is included.
L$400 a pair, with some styles available in packs at special pricing.Â Demos are available in the shop.Â At JCS Shoes (La Fortuna 1 42, 42, 23).