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Don't call Rebecca Minkoff's military-inspired men's accessories 'murses'

January 7, 2011 | 10:00 am


If you were lucky enough to get an iPad during the holidays, whether as a gift or a gift to yourself, you now have a stylish place to stash it besides an Apple Store neoprene doodad. Because nothing says careless more than a scratched-up screen.

Rebecca Minkoff, who has amassed a following over six years for her colorful hip handbags for gals, now tries to bag guys with a men's accessory collection -- iPad, Kindle and laptop cases plus messenger and gym bags -- out this month. The collection is called Ben Minkoff, named for Rebecca's grandfather, who was a combat fighter pilot during World War II -- so therefore these bags are manly. Keeping with the heritage trend, Ben Minkoff features styles based on Air Force mail and motorcycle bags from that era. The iPad sling is based on a 1940s map bag with a similar functionality. "The Danny iPad sling does not make the guy choose what he'll keep in his pockets and what he'll hand carry," said Minkoff, who hails from San Diego and now lives in New York.

The Intelligentsia Coffee set might opt for the Ben Minkoff signature carryall, the "Nicky" messenger tote, which comes in waxed green canvas with leather trim ($395). Minkoff said the fount of inspiration is the "sense of lax-style chill L.A. men tend to possess." My Ben Minkoff pick is the tartan "Gregger" tote ($395) with leather trim.

Ben Minkoff is available at Bloomingdales.

-- Max Padilla

 Photo: "Danny" iPad tote, $485. Courtesy: Ben Minkoff