We’re big fans of self-care, whether that means a solo trip to the movies or a calming nightly skincare ritual. As you might expect, though, handbags are our favorite way to indulge ourselves. Retail therapy is totally a real thing, and when it comes time to shop, you know which section we’re headed to first.


We’ve inched one day closer to our favorite day of the year, National Handbag Day, and we’re still thick in the midst of preparation and celebration. (Not that we don’t celebrate bags every day, because: duh.) Today, we’re taking a close look at some of Fall 2015’s most popular pieces, and I’ve read my tea leaves to see who it is who might be picking these pieces up for the season.


Unless you just woke up from a years-long coma, you’re probably aware that it’s sale season, and you likely have some feelings about that. (And if you did just wake up from a coma: Welcome. It’s sale season.


It probably won’t surprise you to hear that we are staunchly Team Treat Yo’self. Everyday life can be drudgery, and everyone has to find his or her own ways to make it sparkle. Our preferred method is the stalking and eventual acquisition of beautiful accessories, and if you need a little extra encouragement we’ve got it below.


Pretty much anything that any of us does gives the people around us a little hint about our full personalities, and that includes how we choose to clothe ourselves and spend our money. Fashion is a social language, after all, and we’re all talking constantly.


If I may be so bold: being super into handbags is kind of weird, but mostly just in the ways that being super into anything is kind of weird. Who knows why any of us settled on bags instead of knitting or gardening or vintage teapot collecting, but here we are, and like any group, we’ve all developed a little bit of specialized knowledge during our purse travails.

Spring 2015 Bags under $1000

There’s been a lot of talk about designers raising the prices of their handbags, from Chanel to Louis Vuitton to Hermès. It’s become the norm for me to tell people looking for a premier designer bag that the price averages around the $2,000 mark.


The number of handbags that I’d call true classics is relatively limited. The Hermès Birkin and Kelly fit the bill, of course, as do the Chanel Classic Flap and Gucci Bamboo Bags and staples like the Louis Vuitton Speedy and Noé.

Dolce & Gabbana Sara Embellished Clutch

We’ve had Christmas on the brain for at least six weeks, plus all of the parties, events, get-togethers and family dinners that come with it. We’ve made gift guides, we’ve made party accessory suggestions and we’ve enumerated the items on our wish lists.

Fendi By The Way Bag

A new season always brings with it lots of new choices, but Fall 2014 feels particularly full of brand-spanking-new handbag options from some of the biggest accessories labels in the world. Now that all the dust has settled and these designs have arrived in stores, we combed through the collections to find those that are most worthy of your new handbag dollars.