The Masculine Allure of the Birkin Bag

Makar says StockX doesn’t track customers by gender, though anecdotally she maintains the core customer is female. Still, “given the shift at the macro trend level, and what we know about the typical sneaker consumer, it isn’t a stretch to think that there are an increasing number of male handbag consumers on the platform, including those on the hunt for a Birkin.”

She also points to the growing number of male celebrities carrying the bags. “We’re seeing more and more ballplayers, celebrities and entertainers (particularly in the music space) carrying Birkins or talking about Birkins,” she says. “It’s become the ultimate symbol of luxury and wealth.”

Rhuigi Villaseñor, designer of the brand Rhude, is a proud Birkin fanatic. So unabashed is Villaseñor’s affection for the Birkin that his latest bag, the Jacq, is a direct tribute to it, with his signature triangle cut out of the bottom and braided

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11 Bold New Men’s Bags To Secure This Season

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Corduroy Rucksack

Prince of American neo-workwear Evan Kinori has been on enough sourcing trips to Japan to know what the perfect bag for cross-Pacific travel looks like: this oversized rucksack ($625), made with his signature heavy-duty corduroy in collaboration with Osaka-based bag maker Amiacalva.

If you care about reducing your closet’s environmental footprint (and you should), this Patagonia technical backpack ($79) meets you on two levels: The fabric, lining, and webbing are recycled, and it’s constructed to last as long as you hike or commute with it.

In Alessandro Michele’s magical kingdom of fashion, men wear elegant flared trousers, rock fistfuls of baroque jewelry, and now carry Disney x Gucci Mickey Mouse– monogrammed crossbody bum bags ($990).

Nouveau Bucket

When you take over a fashion house, as Lanvin creative director Bruno Sialelli did last year, your first major test is to design

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Upcycling at Louis Vuitton: The Coolest, Most Expensive Clothes on the Planet Are Made From Other, Older Clothes

Direct-to-consumer sustainable fashion isn’t merely a business model—it’s an aesthetic. Look at buzzed-about, millennial-targeting brands like Allbirds, Everlane, and Outdoor Voices, and you’ll see they share not merely a well-branded commitment to environmentally conscious production, but an eerie, soulless minimalism, too. Allbirds sneakers are a kind of anonymized combination of popular Nike models like the Flyknit and Presto; Everlane seeks to hack business casual and weekend wear with unbranded crewneck cashmere sweaters, skinny jeans, and straight-leg chinos. These brands tap into a vague American ideal of good taste, eagerly inoffensive that results in a strange corporate perfection. The clothing doesn’t look designed so much as optimized.

The trouble is that this look is at odds with the very principles of sustainable design. As a New York Times report revealed in July, Everlane’s minimalism obscured issues with its promises of transparency and fair labor. But even “sustainable” fashion still emphasizes

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Grab a Shiny Breda Watch in the Latest GQ Best Stuff Box

Here at GQ, our Best Stuff team casts a wide net—from workout clothes and meal kits to eye creams—to find the stuff that’s actually smarter, more stylish, and just generally the best of its kind. And four times a year, we pack a category-smashing mix of our favorite things into the GQ Best Stuff Box—and then ship it directly to your door. We also give you a great discount in the process: Each box costs $50 but has a retail value of over $200.

We packed our Fall 2020 Best Stuff Box with a custom version of our favorite affordable timepiece—the Virgil watch by Breda—a leather wallet, and loads of grooming goods for your “me time” routine. Needless to say, this one’s been selling fast. Get the full lowdown from GQ writers Yang-Yi Goh and Daniel Varghese, and GQ Deputy Fashion Director Nikki Ogunnaike—reporting from home!—below, then

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Drake’s Watch Collection Is as Fun as it Gets

Beer has the Most Interesting Man in the World: Dos Equis’ suave silver-haired spokesperson who paraglides, keeps an owl as a pet, and in one commercial descends from a helicopter to play a piano alone in the middle of the desert. The watch world has Drake, whose every piece notches a new, beguiling achievement in horological history. For Drake, nothing is off limits, nothing too gaudy, nothing transgressive enough. We are talking about a guy who customizes Rolexes, wears super-classic Pateks in rotation with roulette wheel-bearing wrist behemoths, and leverages his designer connections to score one-of-a-kind timekeepers.

.His collection is dazzling precisely because he seems to have skipped out on watch collecting 101. He customizes even the most iconic, do-not-customize watches, wears women’s Richard Mille pieces, trades out traditional bands for gaudy bracelets, and stands behind brands that make conventional collectors wince. These are all cardinal sins for collectors,

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The Gatekeeper of the Patek Philippe Tiffany Dial

In the spring of 2018, after his favorite watch dealer helped him secure a Patek Philippe 5960/1A—a roughly $45,000 stainless steel watch with a black dial, perpetual calendar and chronograph—investment banker Shahriar Attaie sent her a bobblehead. It was a gag gift, far mellower than the magnum bottles of Veuve Clicquot typically traded in the aftermath of a high-priced transaction, but its subject made it stand out: bobbling atop a black suit was the head of that watch dealer herself, Kelly Yoch. Attaie bought half a dozen—it was cheaper to order five or six, he says, than it was to get just three.

In Attaie’s rarified world, the bobbleheads became something of a sensation. Collectors within Yoch’s wide circle passed them around when they went on trips, photographing the bobblehead in far-flung locales. Someone made an Instagram account for the bobblehead. One was stolen. Yoch posted a photo of hers

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