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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Handbag Dilemma: In Search of a Modern Classic Bag For Fall

I love it when our readers offer us a challenge:

Hi Dania,

There are so many bags to choose from for the fall that I just can't make up my mind. I've never been into trendy bags. My style is pretty laid back yet classic. I was hoping you could suggest some classic bags that aren't overly embellished. The simpler, the better. I prefer traditional colors, spacious bags and quality leathers. Any recommendations would be helpful. I need to narrow my search soon. Before I forget, my budget only allows for bags under $1000. Hope I'm not making this request too difficult.

Thanks a bunch,
Anita H.

Well, Anita, your request is actually quite easy to fulfill. If you're looking for stylish, modern classics with traditional colors, fabulous leathers, roomy interiors and an affordable price tag, you simply must get a Gerard Darel bag. Darel bags are celebrity favorites for good reason. They're understated, modern and functional bags crafted from the most incredible leathers imaginable. The fact that these bags are so inexplicably affordable makes them that much more coveted. I have many favorites among Gerard Darel's extensive bag collection, but two of my personal picks would make fantastic fall bag choices.

This bronze 24-hr Midday Midnight Tote is chic and practical. It measures 13 x 9 x 5 with a comfortable 11" handle drop and features Darel's signature antique gold hardware and front dual zippered pocket. The bronze color is on trend for fall with its slight metallic sheen and dark hue. It's not a basic color in the traditional sense, but it'll work well with practically any fall color you can think of.

My second pick is the 24-hr Saint-Germain Satchel in this divine shade of dove grey. Grey is the new white! Now you can add a splash of brightness to your fall wardrobe without worrying about the inherent pitfalls of toting a white bag. It's just as spacious as the tote measuring 15.5 x 9 x 5 with a shorter but still functional 8" handle drop. Either style will work well as a day bag so you can rest assured your money will be well spent with any decision you make. I could offer you other designers to choose from, but I'm convinced Gerard Darel provides the aesthetic you're looking for. In case I haven't proved my point sufficiently, their respective $705 and $498 price tags should make these bags even more attractive prospects. You can purchase either design on-line via

Good luck, Anita. Happy shopping!


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