I was out shopping for a new bag with my wife the other day and particularly looking for one I could use as a changing bag for our 2 year old when I’m out and about on my own with him. There is a serious lack of baby bags targeted at dads and although there are a few unisex changing bags there’s little that really appeals purely to men.
After traipsing around Mothercare and the usual baby shops to find something suitable I came to the conclusion that unless you have a creative or design phobia you’re not going to find what you want on the high street. So the search moved online when we got home.
The hunt online didn’t go particularly well at first either with every bag for men being a bit on the small side or ridiculously (I mean over £300!) expensive. Finally I came across a small independent retailer online that specialises just in baby change bags and thankfully they’d bothered to get a collection of changing bags just for dads. While there are not too many and certainly not many that are cheap there were some design classics in there. Particularly the one I went for in the end which is called the Jamie Black by a creative designer called Storksak. Not the greatest name for a male oriented bag I grant you!
The reason I loved the Jamie bag is firstly because it’s made of leather and as a man you want a masculine material. Also however because of it’s simple design and it’s just the right size for everything you need on you when your out with the little one. From a design and creative point of view I think it’s one of the nicest designed bags I’ve seen for men for a while regardless of being a baby bag. It’s so hard to find a man bag that is not looking like a handbag so kudos to the designers for pulling that off.
Will report on the practicalities of it at a later date.