2,700 percent rise in sale of 'manbags'

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 13:10 hrs

London, Oct 14 (IANS) Smartphones, iPads, laptops and other electronic gadgets have led to an unbelievable 2,700 percent increase in the sale of "manbags" since the start of the year, according to a British department store.

Four in five men now carry a manbag, and on average it weighs more than a woman's handbag, the Daily Mail reported citing department store Debenhams.

An ever-growing need to carry a number of electronic gadgets as well as keys and wallets has led to the growth.

On average, the contents of a manbag are worth just over 1,100 pounds and weigh 1.5 kg. A woman's handbag weighs in at 1.2 kg.

Among celebrities, footballers David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and rapper Jay-Z have all been seen carrying manbags.

The report also said the typical size of a woman's bag has dropped by 61 percent over the past three years, thanks to gadgets getting smaller.

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