THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO HANDBAGS


Totes, satchels, and clutches - oh my! Which design is best for your on-the-go lifestyle - and how do you know when to make an investment purchase? For fashion blogger Michelle Lau, it’s all about impeccable construction and high-quality leather. “Study the stitching – are they sewn properly into place and finished seamlessly? Are the handles reinforced and sturdy?” Lau advises at Vogue.

“A strong, smooth zipper is a given; as is lining that’s durable and easy to clean... Lastly, thoughtful details such as little ‘feet’ on the bottom of the bag can protect the base from wear and tear,” - she adds. Whether you choose a roomy tote or a stylish crossbody, a well-constructed bag in premium leather will last the test of time.

Here’s a little bit more about 6 classic handbag designs, so you can find the right bag - or three? - for any occasion:


CLUTCH


An eveningwear staple, the clutch comes in many different styles - from classic leather envelopes to shell cases. Slim and small, these elegant evening bags are meant to organise your essentials for a night on the town. Purchase an accent colour to make your cocktail dress pop, or look to black, white, and navy for a bag that will take you from season to season.

From our catalogue: Opulent croc embossed leather in multiple statement-making hues form the Forte Super Mini Clutch, an adjustable chain lends itself to a free spirited modern edge and the gorgeous cherry red colour is bound to turn heads.


CROSSBODY


Crossbody bags leave your hands free to take care of business. Carry coffee, shop, or navigate an entirely new city without breaking a sweat. With medium-to-large leather bodies and long straps made of leather or chain, you can carry everything you need for errands by slinging the bag over your shoulder. The shoulder strap provides a nice sense of extra security, too.

From our catalogue: Two slide slip pockets and a zip-top compartment make our sleek and stylish Avalon Zip Top Crossbody a must-have for any woman on the go.


TOTE


This all-purpose workhorse can take you from the office to the airport terminal - and back again. Look for deep gussets that will disguise dossiers from the office or your latest book club read. Above all, a canvas or leather tote should be sturdy and well-constructed, with durable, well-stitched handles. Classic pebble-grain leathers in black or caramel will carry you from season to season, and an accent colour will instantly liven up any neutral in your wardrobe.

From our catalogue: A versatile everyday bag, our Avalon Medium Tote is crafted from pebble grain leather and features a structured bottom to help you anything under the sun.


SATCHEL


With sturdy leather stitching and gorgeous hardware, this school-day throwback works easily in any grown-up wardrobe. Large satchels can be perfect for navigating weekend holidays in style, while medium-sized bags are perfect for toting your work-a-day essentials. Purchasing a top-carry bag? Lau suggests privileging functionality over design. “Consider the placement of the top handle and whether this will make it difficult for you to open the handbag,” she suggests.

From our catalogue: A picture-perfect work and travel bag, our Hockney Medium Satchel is as versatile as they come. With a top-grip handle and an adjustable crossbody strap, this classic piece will take you from work to the weekend in a heartbeat.



BUCKET BAG


If you have plenty to tote, but you don’t want to look like you’re breaking a sweat, bucket bags and hobos offer plenty of depth without sacrificing style or functionality. Look for signs that the bag has been constructed for durability - especially around the handles and the bottom of the bag. Timeless details like gold or silver hardware and reinforced stitching signal a great investment.

From our catalogue: Crafted from pebble grain leather the Avalon Bucket is a stylish everyday bag that swings to the groove of the 70’s era. She hosts a bucket list of desireables with an unlined soft leather exterior that expands to lifes necessities.


BACKPACK


No other handbag has made as big of a comeback as the backpack. And while you’ve probably seen this effortlessly cool street style everywhere lately, we like to think this classic look never truly goes out of style. Packs in leather and suede - with fine detailing and classic hardware - rocket this design out of the 90s and into the future. Cart all your essentials while looking effortlessly chic no matter where you roam.

From our catalogue: With its simple, elegant design, our Berkeley Sport Backpack packs both feminine elegance and cool 90’s athleisure. Crafted in Nylon mesh and faux leather, this pack is as stylish as it is casual and comfortable.

A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO HANDBAGS

Totes, satchels, and clutches - oh my! Which design is best for your on-the-go lifestyle - and how do you know when to make an investment purchase? For fashion blogger Michelle Lau, it’s all about impeccable construction and high-quality leather. “Study the stitching – are they sewn properly into place and finished seamlessly? Are the handles reinforced and sturdy?” Lau advises at Vogue.

“A strong, smooth zipper is a given; as is lining that’s durable and easy to clean... Lastly, thoughtful details such as little ‘feet’ on the bottom of the bag can protect the base from wear and tear,” - she adds. Whether you choose a roomy tote or a stylish crossbody, a well-constructed bag in premium leather will last the test of time.

Here’s a little bit more about 6 classic handbag designs, so you can find the right bag - or three? - for any occasion:

CLUTCH

An eveningwear staple, the clutch comes in many different styles - from classic leather envelopes to shell cases. Slim and small, these elegant evening bags are meant to organise your essentials for a night on the town. Purchase an accent colour to make your cocktail dress pop, or look to black, white, and navy for a bag that will take you from season to season.

From our catalogue: Opulent croc embossed leather in multiple statement-making hues form the Forte Super Mini Clutch, an adjustable chain lends itself to a free spirited modern edge and the gorgeous cherry red colour is bound to turn heads.

CROSSBODY

Crossbody bags leave your hands free to take care of business. Carry coffee, shop, or navigate an entirely new city without breaking a sweat. With medium-to-large leather bodies and long straps made of leather or chain, you can carry everything you need for errands by slinging the bag over your shoulder. The shoulder strap provides a nice sense of extra security, too.

From our catalogue: Two slide slip pockets and a zip-top compartment make our sleek and stylish Avalon Zip Top Crossbody a must-have for any woman on the go.

TOTE

This all-purpose workhorse can take you from the office to the airport terminal - and back again. Look for deep gussets that will disguise dossiers from the office or your latest book club read. Above all, a canvas or leather tote should be sturdy and well-constructed, with durable, well-stitched handles. Classic pebble-grain leathers in black or caramel will carry you from season to season, and an accent colour will instantly liven up any neutral in your wardrobe.

From our catalogue: A versatile everyday bag, our Avalon Medium Tote is crafted from pebble grain leather and features a structured bottom to help you anything under the sun.

SATCHEL

With sturdy leather stitching and gorgeous hardware, this school-day throwback works easily in any grown-up wardrobe. Large satchels can be perfect for navigating weekend holidays in style, while medium-sized bags are perfect for toting your work-a-day essentials. Purchasing a top-carry bag? Lau suggests privileging functionality over design. “Consider the placement of the top handle and whether this will make it difficult for you to open the handbag,” she suggests.

From our catalogue: A picture-perfect work and travel bag, our Hockney Medium Satchel is as versatile as they come. With a top-grip handle and an adjustable crossbody strap, this classic piece will take you from work to the weekend in a heartbeat.

BUCKET BAG

If you have plenty to tote, but you don’t want to look like you’re breaking a sweat, bucket bags and hobos offer plenty of depth without sacrificing style or functionality. Look for signs that the bag has been constructed for durability - especially around the handles and the bottom of the bag. Timeless details like gold or silver hardware and reinforced stitching signal a great investment.

From our catalogue: Crafted from pebble grain leather the Avalon Bucket is a stylish everyday bag that swings to the groove of the 70’s era. She hosts a bucket list of desireables with an unlined soft leather exterior that expands to lifes necessities.

BACKPACK

No other handbag has made as big of a comeback as the backpack. And while you’ve probably seen this effortlessly cool street style everywhere lately, we like to think this classic look never truly goes out of style. Packs in leather and suede - with fine detailing and classic hardware - rocket this design out of the 90s and into the future. Cart all your essentials while looking effortlessly chic no matter where you roam.

From our catalogue: With its simple, elegant design, our Berkeley Sport Backpack packs both feminine elegance and cool 90’s athleisure. Crafted in Nylon mesh and faux leather, this pack is as stylish as it is casual and comfortable.