Whenever I feel the urge to buy a new designer bag, I usually start by browsing Michael Kors for similar options. Like its direct competitors Kate Spade and Coach, Michael Kors is fairly nimble at creatively replicating a new “it” bag as it emerges on the scene. And as the quality of Michael Kors handbags is often satisfactory and the…

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From flared trousers to clunky platforms, 70s trends are having a moment. Saddlebags, one of the era’s key accessories, can now be found as easily at big box stores as on runways. I almost purchased the Chloé Small Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag last year (and test-drove one from a friend’s collection for a few weeks earlier this year), but found…

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For those looking for something designer and dainty, but slightly larger than wallets on chains, the Miss Vara Bow Crossbody Bag ($750) from Salvatore Ferragamo is a fine choice. It is a low-key bag that doesn’t have many bells and whistles, with SF’s signature grosgrain bow with logo hardware as its only trimming. At about 10 ounces empty and measuring…

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The Givenchy Antigona is perhaps the French fashion brand’s most popular bag despite being a relatively new addition (circa 2010) to the line. A “sensible” bag, the Antigona was part of the same wave that catapulted the Prada Saffiano Tote to ubiquity. These bags were a product of their time—an economy in recovery—when trend-weary shoppers sought out simple, low-key bags.…

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My favorite kind of trips is the kind that requires very little planning and forethought, preferably involving last-minute packing of essentials, all stuffed into an unassuming bag (I swear I don’t romanticize the fugitive lifestyle). It should come as no surprise, then, that I love weekenders and duffel bags; for they are unstructured and will, in a pinch, fit in…

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