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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Handbag Dilemma: Desperately Seeking A Work Bag


My readers are a great source of inspiration, and their thought-provoking questions always get me surfing the web in search of the best of the best. Here's an e-mail from Elizabeth with a handbag dilemma that almost all women are faced with at some point or another:

Dear Editor,

I enjoy your reviews, honest comments and personal thoughts about bags. I would like....your advice [in choosing the] right handbag to wear at work, and some places where to buy them. I am looking for an organized bag, professional, neutral, and if possible "to wear with everything. I adore classics, I am a classic person…I have been looking through satchels and classic brands and of course prices. To be honest and due to the times we are living [in] my max price....is [in the] range of $500-900 which I think is quite enough for the purpose. My favorite lines are YSL uptown bag and the EPI collection (LV), black color, well made,..but again prices too high... What would be a smart choice?

Please, I would appreciate very much your answer and advise.
Thank you
Elizabeth

Well, Elizabeth, I think we've all been through your predicament and can sympathize with the need for a suitable work bag. While we all love our designer bags, there are some designs that are not exactly "workplace" worthy. Other designs might be so delicate (i.e. - expensive) that we wouldn't dare schlep it to work. So what's a girl to do? With some detective work and an open mind, a well-appointed, reasonably-priced designer work bag is certainly attainable.


FRYE Christine Satchel via Endless.com
Marc Jacobs Lola Belted Satchel via Neiman Marcus
BULGA Plusia Satchel via Endless.com
MARC by Marc Jacobs Groovee Q Satchel via Neiman Marcus
Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag via LunaBoston
BALLY Laky Satchel via Endless.com

I've selected several moderately-priced, classic designs ideal for the workplace. If we can detach ourselves from particular labels and be open to other possibilities, a dilemma like this becomes easier to tackle. All the bags I've chosen are made from quality materials and feature minimal detailing - a must for the classic, sophisticated woman's work bag. While I would be happy with any of these bags, the smartest choice offering the most bang for your buck is the Coach Addison Business Bag. The 'Addison' is the quintessential classic work bag that's short on bells and whistles but long on style. It measures a roomy 14.5 x 11 x 5 and sports a slew of interior storage pockets, a center divider and dedicated laptop compartment. The top handles offer a 10' drop making the 'Addison' easy to carry over the shoulder.

I hope you find my suggestions helpful, Elizabeth. If these bags don't appeal to you, browse the handbag department at on-line retailers like Endless.com, Luna Boston, RevolveClothing.com as well well known staples such as Saks, Neiman Marcus and BarneysNY. Bluefly.com is another excellent site with deeply discounted selections available practically everyday.

Good luck and thank you for your readership.

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4 Responses to "Handbag Dilemma: Desperately Seeking A Work Bag"
  1. handbagcritic said...
    Tuesday, April 07, 2009

    Hi Dania, I must agree that I think the Coach Addision Business Bag is the perfect bag for what Elizabeth is looking for. It is classy yet elegant, and can be worn everyday with every possible outfit and has enough room for a laptop and much more. I think Elizabeth will really enjoy this bag.

  2. Anonymous said...
    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Hi Dania, Thanks for your reviews! Excellent as usual..
    The only disappointment that I find when I open a fantastic Coach bag of $600 and up is the black tag that says to me: "Made in China". Nothing against China, of course, but disappointing for a want-to-be bag of middle-class or bourgeois, don’t you think?. However I have to admit that I know people with coach bags and looks like the quality is pretty decent. Probably a good option after all..

  3. Anonymous said...
    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Hi Dania, Thanks for your reviews! Excellent as usual..
    The only disappointment that I find when I open a fantastic Coach bag of $600 and up is the black tag that says to me: "Made in China". Nothing against China, of course....but disappointing for a want-to-be bag of middle-class or bourgeois, don’t you think?. However I have to admit that I know people with coach bags and looks like the quality is pretty decent. Probably a good option after all..

  4. Dania P. said...
    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    I know what you mean. It is nothing against China. I will say this in Coach's defense. I have two of their bags that cost over $500 and the quality of construction is very good. They're very sturdy and really take a beating. The MARC by Marc Jacobs and Bulga bags I featured in the post are also very good bags - construction and materials are better than you would expect for the price. I went with the Coach because of the particular needs mentioned - it really does make for a great work bag. For a higher price point, I could really go to town with recommendations ;-)

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