The Fashion Memo

The Ultimate Investment Bags To Buy Now And Love Forever

Covetable bags on the runways of (l-r) Chloé, Loewe and Valentino

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

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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 needing only pockets, or the most miniature of bags, now is the time to indulge in a sleek satchel 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…

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 Chloé, Alexander McQueen and Gucci for fail-safe designs that will prove lifelong companions. Alternatively, roomy totes from Loro Piana, Khaite and Loewe 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 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.”