A practical need that slowly morphed into an obvious display of sophistication, this is the message that continues to be conveyed by the key men’s bag trends for spring and summer 2014. Roomy like a holdall, subtle like a folio, refined like a briefcase or practical like a tote, perhaps easy to carry around like a backpack, these are all the qualities that combined would make for the ideal bag. But even if that one perfect style able to transition you, and your life essentials from day to night hasn’t been invented yet, there are plenty of ultra-hip designs imagined to fit your lifestyle.

Continue to read after the break to learn all about the styles suitable for your daily requisite, alongside a list of the most distinct men’s bags for spring 2014.

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Key styles for spring 2014.

It’s not a secret anymore that any smart-looking man has long stopped seeing his bag as merely a container fit to accommodate his basic possessions. These days, a beautifully made bag weights just as much in successfully rounding-up an outfit, as a statement watch, or a timeless pair of sunglasses would. It’s all about finding that one perfect bag, able to fulfill your needs, while also complementing your personal aesthetic.

The document holder.

If you prefer to travel light and you’re usually the one to carry around just the basics, your ID, phone, money and keys for example, than the document holder is the one style fit for you. Subtle, elegant and made modern due to the multitude of textures, colours and prints used to reimagine its classic form, the folio (or the pouch) works just as great in accessorizing a sharp suit, as it does dressing up a more casual ensemble.

Mens bag trends for spring
Folios at Valentino, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dior Homme, S/S ’14

If you think about investing in such a smart piece, look no further, as we have gathered four of the most sophisticated folios available online:

Mens bag trends for spring
Shop the style: Ghurka Docket No. 7 folio at Farfetch; Christian Louboutin Peter pouch document holder at Matches Fashion; WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Barajas – Leather Double-Compartment Pouch at Mr Porter; Gucci Chester Zip Pouch at Saks.

The briefcase.

Regardless if you carry around a few sheets of paper, or your entire technology stock, a briefcase is still the smartest answer for both the workplace, and for those brief business trips that don’t require a full luggage. Seek your briefcase of choice in real leather for increased quality and durability, and modern designs, and complement their sleek lines with smart, tailored looks.

Mens bag trends for spring
Briefcases at Michael Bastian, Dior Homme and Fendi, S/S ’14

If you’re thinking long-term, as you probably should, the briefcase is to be considered an investment, so make sure to never compromise quality over price:

Mens bag trends for spring
Shop the style: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather briefcase at Matches Fashion; Serpian Contrast handle briefcase at Farfetch; Les Hommes Saffiano briefcase at Farfetch; Valextra Leather Briefcase at Mr Porter.

The tote bag.

No longer the provenance of female consumers, the roomy tote bag envisioned for the modern man is gaining more and more prominence as the seasons go by. It is a game of necessity and convenience to make the totes utterly desirable, but the perfect mix of style and utility doesn’t hurt either. This spring, everything in between plain black fabrics, playful floral prints and elegant crock leather, work together in redefining the tote bag.

Mens bag trends for spring
Tote bags at Iceberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Daks, S/S ’14

If you seek to invest in a bag that can be multi-purposed, you will surely appreciate the ease of use of the following tote bags:

Mens bag trends for spring
Shop the style: WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie O’hare leather and canvas tote at Matches Fashion; Givenchy Textured-Leather Tote Bag at Mr Porter; Dolce & Gabbana Bi-colour tote bag at Farfetch.

The holdall.

A sleek form of modern luggage, the holdall is the answer to a busy lifestyle. If you’re one to be constantly on-the-go for what are short amounts of time, think trips that never exceed 48 hours, the holdall will prove to be spacious and gracious enough to be carried everywhere. Even to the gym, because we know how often those roads intersect.

Mens bag trends for spring
Holdalls at Corneliani, Trussardi and Fendi, S/S ’14

Lighter or roomier, cut in leather or denim, featuring colour blocks or classic neutral tones, you may find exactly what you’re looking for, below:

Mens bag trends for spring
Shop the style: Jack Wills Holdall at ASOS; Swaine Adeney Brigg Cambridge Bridle-Leather Holdall at Mr Porter; DSQUARED2 Colour block hold-all at Farfetch; Mismo Adventurer holdall at Matches Fashion.

The backpack.

It’s not all that hard to imagine why most men prefer the more traditional backpack for their bag of choice. Particularly as this season managed to bring forward a myriad of new styles that span from sporty, to casual and even elegant. We know the backpacks to be a better fit for the casual dresser, but after seeing how great they look with a summer suit, we can’t help but feel that some attitudes are about to change.

Mens bag trends for spring.
Backpacks at Emporio Armani, Trussardi and Gucci, S/S ’14

Statement graphic prints, suede and luxe leather represent a glimpse of the gorgeous backpack styles available online this spring:

Mens bag trends for spring
Shop the style: Santiago Gonzalez Crocodile Backpack at Mr Porter; Junya Watanabe Leather-Trimmed Flower-Print Canvas Backpack at Mr Porter; Suede Backpack with Leather Trims at ASOS; Kenzo Wave print rucksack at Farfetch.

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