May 30, 2016

Carry it Like a Man

With the increasing popularity of the backpack among us millennials, the briefcase is slowly fading away. Everyone, from university students, to professionals, can be seen carrying a backpack. Of course there are some instances that you absolutely have no other option, especially if you’re a photographer or your line of work involves lugging around pounds of equipment. Unless you’re going hiking, I’d suggest you leave the backpack at home.

The briefcase is a must have for the stylish man who is always on the move. I cringe whenever I see a guy in a suit carrying a backpack. It’s the 21st century, we’ve got smartphones, and computers are getting smaller (Case in point, the HP Spectre 13 I’m currently lusting over) so I don’t see why you should be carrying around a huge backpack.

The briefcase I’m carrying here is a handmade John Pearse London holdall briefcase. It’s slim and it’s currently serving as my every day carry. It looks delicate, but this baby can sure take a beating. In it fits my 13-inch laptop, charger, wireless mouse, notebook, keys, card holders, power bank, and I’ll occasionally throw in my phone as well.

One advantage to carrying a briefcase is that it helps you maintain your perfect silhouette by reducing the bulge in your pockets. It’s easily accessible, so you don’t have to worry about reaching for your phone when it’s ringing.

A good briefcase serves as an accessory, so the basic rules still apply. The leather should match your belt, shoes and watch strap, so keep that in mind while choosing a briefcase.

For this look, I wore a navy blazer, gray jeans, a print shirt, a brown woven belt, and brown double monkstraps by Tomaz Shoes. This look is especially perfect for people in the creative industry who want to ditch their t-shirt and sneakers for a more classy look.

Blazer – Topman /Ā  Shoes – Tomaz / Shirt & Jeans – H.S Collections / Belt – The Gentleman’s Shop / Briefcase – John Pearse London

Photography: Complement Pictures

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Think you’ll consider ditching your backpack? Let me know in the comment section below.


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  • Reply Linnette Muga


    May 30, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • Reply Muriuki Kagiri

      Asante sana Muga šŸ™‚

      May 30, 2016 at 11:42 am
  • Reply FitnDiscover

    Yo dude! Take us slow. That briefcase is cool. I’d carry it any day. I’m also for backpacks to go. They normally ruin an otherwise well-thought out look-


    May 30, 2016 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Muriuki Kagiri

      Thank you Winnie.. They gotta go! Starting with the denim embroidered ones! Lets take the revolution to the streets hahaha!

      May 30, 2016 at 11:39 am
      • Reply FitnDiscover

        lol, don’t even mention those denim ones.

        May 30, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Elle

    Claps. I love the look.

    May 30, 2016 at 11:40 am
    • Reply Muriuki Kagiri

      Gracias Elle! šŸ™‚

      May 30, 2016 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Linda

    Yes, Yes and Yes!You look good!


    May 30, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Reply Muriuki Kagiri

      Much appreciated Linda!!

      May 30, 2016 at 11:47 am
  • Reply BRIAN WES

    Best kenyan male blogger av come across.Keep it up bruh!

    May 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply Muriuki Kagiri

      Thank you for the kind words brother!!

      May 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply aciemuiruri

    I would definitely ditch my back pack if I were a man carrying one, especially now that I just saw this briefcase. This is a total win Kagz! šŸ™ŒšŸ™ŒšŸ™ŒšŸ™Œ

    May 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply shirleen

    love this look..you so on point!the briefcase is damn fiine

    May 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Alvin Muthami

    That’s a nice one for guys like me who don’t like bagpacks

    May 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply soyoulikefashion

    I love the briefcase and your preppy look with the grey denim.
    I might not be in a rush to ditch my backpacks, but I definitely will put into consideration getting myself a briefcase or two.

    May 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Merv Eller

    Dapper. Love the look my lord…you guys are really giving a heck of challenge. Need to style up.

    May 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Harriet Dodea

    This is my first time on your blog…you have a really nice smile.

    May 30, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply bramwel

    sharp and sophisticated.. and yes lets ditch the backpack

    May 31, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Bryson Gitonyi

    This right here is what gents need. Ditch the backpack for sure

    May 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Legenda_Rey

    Always a fan.. Your style is refreshing

    June 2, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Rayelle

    This is so amaizing. nice post Kagiri

    June 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Jeremiah Wakaya

    This is so amazing! I tempted to try this out although my conservative self is a bit reluctant to do so. I however doubt if public opinion is likely to be swayed to my disadvantage because I am personally convinced that this indeed looks masculine.

    June 8, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply benardtheblessed

    Boy! That look is exceptionally beautiful. Love everything about this look. Thank You Kagz for representing.

    June 8, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply waita muoka

    Classy briefcase, classy dressing. I like.

    June 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Ian

    I agree šŸ‘Œ Currently on a serious search for a good briefcase or a good messenger bag… Still on the look out

    June 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Waita Muoka

    I like your clad. Awesome.

    June 17, 2016 at 11:16 am
  • Reply hakeem

    This so classy.i”d like to copy anythng u put on

    July 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Sidney Opiyo

    Cool.Where did you buy the coat and the accessories on it?

    August 31, 2016 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Wilma Mwai

    the whole look is great!! I love it….

    September 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply yourlondonbelle

    You do it well sir!

    September 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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