We thought amazing, lust-inspiring designer bags were as good as it gets . . . until we spotted their pint-size counterparts. Some of the hottest statement pieces are available to shop tiny too, should you want a lighter version for nights out, busy holidays, or marathon shopping expeditions.
The piece: Michael Michael Kors Selma Bag
The price: approx $537
Why we want it: Anybody who has tried to find a bag that will work equally well on the weekend as it does in the office will be the first to admit: it's not an easy search. That's why we were so excited when we came across the Selma bag. It's flared silhouette, besides being very on trend, means it can stretch to fit all of your stuff, while its zip top ensures nothing will fall out as you run to catch the subway. Even better, you can sling it over your shoulder to give your arm a rest. Your other bags better watch out — a new favourite may soon be added to the mix.
The piece: Kenzo Kalifornia Bag
The price:approx $1,109
Why we want it: Kenzo already cornered the street style scene with its now-iconic eye print, thanks to creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. And now they have their eye on being the makers of the newest must-have bag around, launching their biker-inspired Kalifornia bag with a star-studded bash in LA. We love it for its unexpected pop of baby blue, its roomy shape, its twist on colour blocking.
If you're hoping to catch sight of the next It bag before it blows up, you've come to the right spot. In honour of the particular type of joy and lust that comes from a gorgeous purse, we've rounded up a single bag from each of the biggest designers and brought them together in one place for your viewing pleasure.
There is perhaps no wardrobe staple you'll spend more time with than a luxe black bag. Whether you are fond of bucket bags, messenger shapes or trapeze silhouettes, your little black bag is the one thing that will transition seamlessly from the office to out, and work to weekend.
There are a million and one options out there for the black bag fanatic, so we've edited down the top ten styles to carry you through the season. Inside the gallery you'll find that give change from $50, as well as luxurious investment buys to hold close for years.
Carried on the shoulders of It-girls Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger is a cool little trend we're totally on board with: the structured cross-body bag. The perfect down-sizer for women on-the-go (that's you) the structured shape adds instant polish to an outfit, while the small size is handy for carrying a careful edit of only the essentials (read: incentive to detox your bag of receipts, extra lipsticks and unwanted business cards).
When you think structured cross-body bags, the Hermès Constance bag (Diane) or the Louis Vuitton Vivienne bag (Miranda) instantly springs to mind, but there many more cool takes on the trend for you to get your hands on. Head into the gallery for our top 12 to suit every budget.
If runway shows leave you with hankering for a pair of binoculars to zoom in on the bags, then you've come to the right place — we're assembling close-up shots of the best bags from Paris Fashion Week for easy viewing. New York's satchels showed us the labels we typically shop (think Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim) and London's catwalks included European prepsters like Burberry and Mulberry, but now that we're on to Paris, it's time for the big guns.
Yes, it's bikini season, which means it's also time to find a suitably awesome bag to carry all your beach essentials — you know the drill. For Spring, we've discovered an Aladdin's stash of boho bags, super-bright styles and more classic shopper totes to carry you though til Winter.
When it comes to beach season, we like to follow one cardinal rule: bright is always better, so inside the gallery you'll find cheerful colours, slouchy bags and structured shoppers, Bohemian details (tassels and pom poms galore) and more handbag fun worthy of your prime wardrobe real estate. Take a look.
While scooping up Chanel bags left and right might be more of day-dreaming shopping than reality, lookingat said pieces leaves your wallet with zero pinch. As a treat, we've rounded up all of the latest offerings for Fall 2013 here for you to pin, bookmark, or just stare at.