Men's brands have been vigilant in promoting the bag as a central component to a modern wardrobe, and the pattern of rising sales of men's carryalls suggest that their ubiquity on the spring/summer runways for 2012 wasn't a one-off. Bottega Veneta's woven leather totes have been a logo-free statement of luxury for women since they were introduced in the 1960s, but creative director Tomas Maier recently began offering a range of them to men. Their refined luxury has now been supplemented by a whole suite of more assertively modernist designs and finishes for bags like the one you see here. Here in the UK, Mulberry has quietly been growing its men's bag business for several years, with help from its celebrity fans and Louis Vuitton, now under the creative direction of British designer Kim Jones, is having a major push towards its designer luggage. From totes to festival-focused knapsacks, the gear designed by Jones stresses refined luxury and stylish practicality. With Burberry's brisk sales of its men's bags, Barbour making some eye-catching offerings and the low-on-branding, high-on-luxe Jas M.B. (who is interviewed elsewhere in this issue) swinging from the hip in London again, homegrown names are getting plenty of the action too.