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The Fashion Memo

Accessory update: the best new bags to invest in now

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

Clockwise from left: tan leather shoulder bag, Savette; green leather clutch, Bottega Veneta; blue suede clutch, Khaite

As we look forward to the world opening up once again, now is the time to relish in the joy of a handbag – not just for its sartorial appeal, but for the symbolic nature of exactly what a bag is: an everyday accessory to carry our essentials for a life lived on the go. More than ever, the notion of carrying a bag feels like a poignant reminder of the optimism that awaits. And this season’s bags offer a seamless blend of polish and practicality; sleek and elegant in design but carefree and casual in essence, with cross-body straps for hands-free style – look to Bottega Veneta, Khaite, Gucci and Loewe for failsafe designs that will prove lifelong companions.

“Women want a bag that’s suited to their lifestyle,” says Amy Zurek, founder of the new 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 get better with time.”