The Bag Game

I’m sorry this isn’t actually a game.


This week in ways to bully you into thinking you need things you likely don’t need: a quick round-up chronicling some of our favorite handbags of the season, which may or may not come in light of last week’s shoe round-up.

Charlotte and I have recently found ourselves at the helm of what now seems like the handbag chat that won’t end. We’ve been discussing what we like vs. what we hate ad nauseam, unsuccessfully trying to chalk up the findings to larger (millenial?) statements that effectively make no sense. We’ve mutually concluded that in the event we’ve decided not to abandon handbags all together (she and I have both observed that immobilizing use in either of our arms seems silly if we’ve got pockets–which becomes less likely as jacket weather trifles away,) nondescript, quirky totes or teeny-titaki hard shell clutches, soft zip pouches and diminutive shoulder purses are occupying most of our mind space. Why? Here’s a cheap stab:

The caveat regarding the latter forms appear in their inability to make grocery shopping or “errand running” (what constitutes an errand?) any simpler but my uneducated guess on the attraction may have something to do with our inconspicuous hunger to be “chic” again. And I’m not quite sure leather hobos and enormous carry-alls that can hold several pair of shoes at a time fit that particular bill. Show me a woman walking down the street, however, small clutch in hand, a discernible sense of ease on her face and I will try to see her clutch and raise her a small shoulder bag that denotes an ability to condense, edit, and travel lightly which therefore infers that the small bag holder maintains perseverance, self-control and an overarching sense of perfection across all boards of that which is not tainted. Yes?

No real conclusions have been drawn on the tote’s front (none that could not besiege the previous explanation, at least) but I will say it’s interesting to note a departure from classic it-bags (there is a fundamental difference between a leather carry-all and a canvas carry-all) to celebrate the prospect of brand anonymity. Maybe an urgency to preserve the obscurity our social lives is next? Bag credits below.

1. Anya Hindmarch Imperial Keep Your Distance clutch, $1450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Carolina Herrera Tango Dancer-Print Coated Canvas tote bag, $490 at Neiman Marcus

3. Siren Mini in black, $247 at Bergdorf Goodman

4. Serpui Marie Macaw straw pouch, $203 at Luisa via Roma

5. For shits, fun, OMGs and hahas: Olympia Le-Tan’s ineffable Jane Eyre embroidered clutch, $1870 at Net-a-Porter

6. Samudra Rocky Point pouch, $65 at Shopbop

7. Charlotte Olympia embroidered popcorn shoulder bag, $495 on Net-a-Porter

8. Blue Q Bicycle pouch, $8.49 on ASOS

9. Mary Katranzou printed leather large pouch, $950 on Luisaviaroma

10. Patent floral mini satchel, $44 on Pixie Market

Thoughts? Ideas? Proclivities? Anything? Anything?

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  • Small bags are the way forward – the symbol of put-togetherness and the bag for the most organised of woman.
    Brand anonymity can be a nice thing – give you the confidence to be like ‘my bag is the shit and you don’t all know it, but I so know it.’

    Also, Mary Katrantzou forever.


  • Alison

    I hate to be a pain (or ask a potentially stupid question), but what’s the bag at the top of the (middle) stack in the cover shot?

    • Leandra Medine

      It’s an Edie Parker guy

    • anna

      scandinaviansthink jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

      It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

  • Jordan

    I agree that the smaller bags are so much more chic but also the bigger bags are just so much easier! (but they also turn into a black hole of lost items).

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    I want them all!!


  • Hudson Berry

    When I’m walking down the street or running errands, a smaller bag definitely contributes to the feelings of lightness and efficiency that internally register as chic or “cool without trying”. At that point, who cares where my teeny tiny bag clocks in on the Trend-o-Meter because, hey, I already feel cool. These days, I favor my divinely simple H&M bag. She willingly carries my debit card, mascara, lipstick and cell phone. And she cost me just $10. See photo (with water bottle for scale)

  • Ash

    Small bags force me to commit to an outfit and stay in that outfit. Big bags force (obligate) me to carry around outfit options I most likely won’t take the time to don anyways. Small bags make sense. Big bags only make sense when big things are inside of them, and I don’t like to carry around excess baggage. I’m with you on this one.

  • I don’t think I will ever get over how articulate and hilarious you are. If I lived in America I would be so broke due to your amazingly witty ways of showcasing beautiful clothes and accessories.

  • monkeyshines
  • Some bags are disgustingly expensive…
    Why so? I would like to know.

  • Jenny

    But how about a PS1 medium bag? Is it too big?

  • Claire

    I used to wear big carryalls like a devout Olsen worshiper, but ever since I started carrying a clutch, those borderline-duffel bags no longer attract me. Small clutches force you to minimize your clutter and re-evaluate the necessities you carry with you when you’re out and about.

    • Dandy,

      totally agree, i used to do the same! now I’ve gone small my shoulder yelps in pain at the thought of an “olsen” bag!

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  • brunetteletters

    I loved that you put different prices and not just Chanel or Celine.


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  • The Style-o-Meter

    Really interesting colorful bags. My favorite are the ones with unusual designs, like the Charlotte Olympia piece or the Olympia Le-Tan clutch, they definitely make you stand out from the crowd and cheer up any outfit.

  • I’ll take the Charlotte Olympia!

  • N G

    Big bag to small wallet/clutch thing-a-majig became wallet/clutch INSIDE big bag. Haha. No matter how put together you are a small clutch is just not practical for everyday. Where do you put your sunglass case?!

  • I agree. There are so many more cute bags out there aside from the usual classic bags. Totally love the Rocky Point bag! I think Botkier had a sort of similar bag that I saw on Song of Style and immediately fell in love with it. 🙂

  • i think it can be summed up fairly succinctly as the charlotte olympia letan effect.


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  • oh my dior

    love all the photos!!

  • Avice

    I love this post! The way you presented the bags was amazing! I;m a new teen blogger and I would love it if you checked out my first post!

  • Anne

    Bags have been my thing since I was 6. But for the first time this week I went to work without a bag. Twice. Just wallet, phone, keys and one lip stick in my pockets. I felt “like a man” ;).

  • Bird

    Leandra, please get the Charlotte Olympia toucan clutch. It’s just too perfect! See?!

  • Jaclyn

    Small bags are becoming my favorite.

    Check my blog:

  • Dandy,

    I really want one of those Olympia Le-Tan book clutches!! talk about an expensive read!


    I just end up putting my small bag in my big bag?! x

  • My obsession with popcorn- its my daily healthy snack- is drawing me to the Charlotte Olympia bag- its just genius! My personal bag collection is not quite as quirky but still pretty cool;

  • TheClosetOpner

    I want to own every single one of those bags. Oh wait, I don’t have money to afford it…


      so nice!

  • Clutches & miniaudieres have allowed me to freedom to freshen up my wardrobe without the daunting task of switching up my shoe. Hence my Chiropractor visits are far fewer than usual thanks to this phenomenon. Although I like to invest in far simpler options, Proenza makes killer clutches that are functional for work due to their subtlety… even a Chanel wallet has certainly bailed me out of having to choose a bag every now and then… just tuck in the chain & business as usual.

  • ela’s world

    nice! what about these one’s from ela?

  • I’m very much into small over shoulder bags at the moment, and my loved one is Obsedia by Givenchy.

  • Nothing annoys me more than a too small bag. But I’m also loathe to carry around a ginormous bag full of shit. So, I always have to find the happy medium sized bag for errands. Errands being defined by any necessary outing including stocking up on wine.

  • erica jensen

    I love the popcorn one. It’s awesome

  • Jennifer Federica

    So cool!

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  • They all look gorgeous!!!!

  • steph

    katrantzou <3

  • Love the weirdo tote and the floral satchel, though may favourite has got to be clutches, they’re are just so effortless!

  • Grace

    Leandra, help! I hate carrying around a huge bag but I have simply had to lately in order to fit my laptop and uni books… what are your thoughts on one huge heavy bag or two bags? one clutch/small shoulder bag with a laptop/book bag? At the moment I am using my Proenza Schouler paper bag tote (the wide one, not the tall skinny one a la Sevigny at the beach). I actually end up resenting it so much for how heavy it gets!

  • Michèle
  • Emma

    I almost always carry a clutch, but I need a big ass bag for college next year. Any suggestions? Also, how do you feel about Louis Vuitton bags?

  • a fine bag to go with a fine dress

  • Chic Trends

    That bicycle clutch is so cool and so cheap! Also, number 5 did provide some immature giggles that we’re still giggling about.

    Best, x

  • Angara_Jewelry

    Off beat yet very interesting picks! Box clutches are very trendy these days. loved that book box clutch and that popcorn shoulder bag 🙂


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    thanks for sharing
    best regards
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  • all bag for me it’s same , but the great bag for me is can we use for all we need
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