The Fashion Memo

The Ultimate Investment Bags To Buy Now And Love Forever

Wish lists at the ready – your new-season style update awaits in the shape of a beautiful handbag

Loewe’s ‘Puffer Goya’ bag

Trustworthy and timeless, there is something poignant about the role of a handbag in our day-to-day lives. Within the pockets and compartments of a capacious cavern, we store our everyday essentials – treasured pieces we need to get us through the day. And, after several seasons of reaching for the most miniature of bags, now is the time to indulge in a sleek shoulder bag or a supersized tote to symbolize a life spent on the go – but also to enjoy filling it with all manner of accoutrements. Because you just never know where the day (or night) might take you…

l-r: Chloé; Valentino

And this season’s bags offer a seamless blend of polish and practicality; elegant in design but carefree and casual in essence, with shoulder and cross-body straps for hands-free style – look to Valentino, Bottega Veneta and Givenchy for fail-safe designs that will prove lifelong companions. Alternatively, roomy totes from Chloé and Salvatore Ferragamo will be worthy wardrobe allies for days that take you from the boardroom to an after-work fitness class – with enough space for tech, books and even yoga pants.

“Women want a bag that’s suited to their lifestyle,” says Amy Zurek, founder of the New York-based label Savette, whose refined satchels will prove a worthy addition to any wardrobe. “If it isn’t convenient and functional, it won’t be the one you pick up when you walk out the door.” Zurek designs with this idea of a modern heirloom in mind. “I love the idea of a bag that can be passed on through generations and only gets better with time.”

Bottega Veneta