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8 Editor-Approved Spring Bags
There’s a certain romance to swinging a bag from boutique to bistro on a sunny day. Now that our social calendars are starting to fill up again, we’re in the market for bags to bring out with us, from the fun to the functional. We asked eight of our own to share what they’re carrying and why.
“I love baskets. I tote this palm-leaf one to the market every week. I use little woven ones as planter covers. Once, in my wannabe French-girl phase, I bought a wicker basket à la Jane Birkin off Etsy. Predictably, I’m very into this elevated leather version.”BEMBIEN BONITA TOTE, goop, $290
VP of content
“True story: On the way to the first very long flight of my life, I stopped to buy a tote big enough to fit my books (all 13 of them). So I appreciate the size of this Hereu tote. The shape makes it feel elegant—even if I’m using it to cart around a bunch of nerdy paperbacks. And the patch pocket sewn into the interior is necessary for avoiding chaos. It’s also a safe place for my other prized possession, Cocofloss.”HEREU Ventall Tote, goop, $415
“I am a strong believer in springtime after-work drinks, so I love a tote that can transition from fluorescent lights to full sunshine. This Acne Studios bag is big enough to fit my laptop, but not so roomy that my sunglasses mysteriously go missing seconds after I put them away. Best part is it’s made from a durable, easy-to-clean nylon fabric—for when I inevitably spill my coffee (or cocktail) all over it.”ACNE STUDIOS MEDIUM TOTE, SSENSE, $430
Noora Raj Brown
SVP, communications and brand marketing
“It feels like it’s finally time for reemergence, and after all this time cooped up inside, I’m ready for color. This bag is preppy and unapologetically girlie, so I’ll pair it with a chunky boot (I’ve been lusting after these Diemme boots on the site) to give the outfit a little edge.”WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND Chanel Pink Tweed 2.55 10″, goop, $6,850
junior creative copywriter
“I’m a huge fan of chain-strap bags because the touch of sparkle doubles as jewelry. This one has a cute cloud shape that feels of-the-moment while still being versatile: It works just as well with an LBD as it does with an oversize blazer, jeans, and trusty white sneakers.”Mansur gavriel Chain Mini Cloud Clutch, goop, $645
“I know what you’re thinking: What can you even fit in that tiny bag? The answer is: all the necessities! You may not be able to throw your laptop in there, but it can hold your phone, credit cards, keys, and lip balm. It’s prime for a night out, whether it’s dinner or a black-tie event (I took mine to a wedding and got so many compliments). And the oh-so-soft lambskin leather adds such a chic touch.”hereu Bombon Tote, goop, $255
associate fashion editor
“I’m always looking for a bag that I can take straight from work to dinner during a busy day. The neutral tone goes with just about any outfit for any occasion, and the geometric pattern has just the right amount of intrigue to make this bag pop. Fun fact: This puzzle style was the first handbag that Jonathan Anderson designed for Loewe, and it has now become an icon for the brand.”loewe Small Puzzle Edge bag, Loewe, $2,800
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