Mark Bilson, In My Bag

A look in the glamorous bag of North Walsham restaurant manager Mark Bilson

In my bag...

Rachel Buller takes a look in the rather glamorous bag of North Walsham restaurant manager Mark Bilson.

With the male grooming market still booming and an explosion of gadgets, it should be no surprise that more men are buying bags to carry around their belongings. And Mark Bilson, manager of the Olive Tree restaurant in North Walsham, is no exception – having a man bag that would leave most women green with envy.

"I have just bought myself a Mulberry bag; it is a slim Brynmore in black leather. It has got three buckles on the front and is a simple design. It isn’t covered in the Mulberry logo, so is nice and discreet. It is really big and perfect for fitting my iPad into it," he says.

"I use a bag because it is just really practical for business. I always carry my business cards in my bag and all the other essentials, keys, phone, and my black Gucci wallet, which I love. I have had it for eight years and it is well worn but such great quality."

Mark, who was born in Ludham, worked as bar manager at the Rising Sun in Coltishall for many years before moving to the Olive Tree.

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"I get to work with local produce with a great talented team, it is a fantastic job," he says.

iPhone 4S, �499 from Apple, prices vary if taken with mobile phone contract; and iPad 2, from �329.

I love Apple. I am not into gadgets but there is just something about the brand that I love.

Their products are amazing. I use them for work and pleasure. I can keep up-to-date on my emails and it is great for social media, which is something we are using more for the restaurant.

MAC Lip Gloss, clear Lipglass �12.50

I love MAC products because you only need to use small amounts as the quality is so good. If I am going somewhere important or out to dinner then I use a little.

 Chanel Platinum Egoiste aftershave, �60 for 100ml.

I have been using it for as long as I remember. I keep a small bottle in my bag and a large bottle at home. I love the smell, it s such a distinct aftershave, and it is really subtle.

 Yves Saint Laurent, Touche Eclat Concealer, �18

I have used it for about five years, it is a great product perfect for dealing with any bags under the eyes as a quick subtle fix.

Prada Sunglasses, sale price in Italy �25.

These were an amazing bargain from Italy and I just love them. My partner and I were on holiday and we went to a Prada outlet store and I just immediately loved them. They are very simple, aviator style with a silver frame. They were only �25; over here the equivalentwould cost at least �200.

And a little something else...

I have a bag of Percy Pig sweets from Marks and Spencer which I always keep in my bag. I really changed my lifestyle and lost a lot of weight, about six stone, after going on the Channel Four show You Are What You Eat a few years ago. These are my one little treat.

The Olive Tree Restaurant, 1 Bacton Road, North Walsham, NR28 0RA; 01692 404900;

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