Mulling over the Mlutch.

July 5, 2009
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Prada SS10

Fortunately (and at long last), in this post-metrosexual era, it’s entirely acceptable for men to lug around bags of equal extents of chic to their counterparts intended for the fairer sex. A recent development, though, perhaps due to the pioneering and flamboyant experimentation of the Boys with Birkins – Yu Masui, Jean Paul Paula and the infamous Bryan Boy, has been the – what I refer to as – the murse, perhaps more correctly deemed the ‘mlutch’ or the clutch for men.

Admittedly, this whole concept is a littled dated what with the term most likely having been coined a couple of seasons ago following numerous designers’ embracing the idea of an elegant evening pochette for men. Still, it’s taken me this time to mull over the mlutch and stumble off the fence. I’ve come to the conclusion that despite its inherent connotations of femininity the clutch is most definitely workable in the everyman’s wardrobe provided it’s of a certain masculine leaning.

Do please note that I’m not in the habit of preaching what’s wearable and what’s not (especially considering I’m no bona fide authority on menswear), and that, for the most part, I strongly disapprove of fashion dictates but in this case I feel it necessary to just put it out there that mlutches are not going to work for everyone. Were I to try, I’d keep it black, streamlined (not in a sleek, feline and feminine way but a more masculine, straightforwardness of design way) and unadorned for maximum (yet subtle) impact.

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Marni SS09

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Salvatore Ferragamo SS10

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Dolce & Gabbana SS10

Also, size does matter in this case. Not in the sense that the bigger your accessory-endowment the better, rather the neater and more compact the greater degree of edited, refined sophistication you’ll achieve, and that’s sort of what we’re going for here, right?

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  • Mercurio July 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Yes, the envelope but I'm afraid it's unilaterally Italian.

  • Lochi Love July 6, 2009 at 3:33 am

    hmm, i dont mind the big envelope/document wallet style "mlutch" like that seen in Salvatore Ferragamo ss10

  • ana July 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    ah as soon as I read this I had to seek out this picture: such a great example of a successful incorporation of a relatively hefty bag. Think the PS1 usually has a long strap on it but this clearly shows that (a) it can be carried as a Mlutch (great word!) and (b) that the Mlutch doesn't have to be tiny at all!

  • Terence Sambo July 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    i agree wit u on subtle designs with less adornement for a more practical look, but overtime like manbags i think mlutches wld become more flashy…P.s: Love ur blog and i linked to u, hope u'll ensure reciprocity :o]

  • Cillian July 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    ana: rather! I think it works really well there because it's monochromatic and despite being apparently v. textured is still quite plain sober overall.Terence: I'd probably agree. Since menswear is undergoing an upheaval (a subtle one…but an upheaval nonetheless) in general I think it won't be too long more before accessories receive an overhaul. PS. Linked to you./

  • Gordon July 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Never mind the accessories being more masculine, I'd like to see MODELS more masculine! I'm sick and tired of weedy, wispy sour-faced pouty boys trying to look like men. I know appearance is used to sell fashion but it's possible for a man to have a bit of meat on his bones and still be lean. Bring back the Tyson Beckford type!