Why does a satchel or top handle handbag have so much more gravitas than other handbags? Why does it go so well with business attire? Is it the serious, boxy shape? The lack of straps? Does carrying a bag in hand somehow signify that you are more hands-on? At some point in the last decade, the top-handled handbag basically became the lady briefcase. It's a handbag that practically screams "I'm on my way to a POWER LUNCH!" Satchels and top handles were a real favorite with celebs this week, particularly so with celebs who are in a near-constant state of power lunching.
Hermès Birkin Bag
Bethenny Frankel was recently spotted carrying a black Birkin while hanging out with her daughter Bryn in NYC. It should be news to no one at this point that Bethenny is back on RHONY this season.
Chanel Coco Cocoon Bag
Here's best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, leaving dinner at Craig's in West Hollywood with a bag from Chanel's Cocoon collection of yesteryear. We don't see a lot of novelists around these parts, but when you've had 29 (!!!) books on The New York Times bestseller list, you can afford to splurge on a Chanel bag or two.
Prada Saffiano Galleria Tote
$1,990 via Bergdorf Goodman
Australian model Jessica Hart was spotted leaving lunch at Lafayette in NYC with a chic navy blue Prada tote, which I think goes quite nicely with her whole "professional model business casual" look.
Mark Cross Grace Small Box Bag
$2,195 via Nordstrom
We just saw bi-coastal Kate Bosworth hanging out at Coachella last weekend, and here she is back in NYC, presumably on her way to the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch party. She's carrying a little top-handled Mark Cross.
Chanel Flap Bag
Here's Kate Moss, out to lunch in London with a glossy, black patent leather Chanel Flap. Try as she might, Kate just can't outrun her impulse to dress like it's still 1994. And why should she?
Saint Laurent Small Bicolor Sac de Jour Bag
$2,990 via Saks
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale was seen arriving at Equinox in Studio City, CA with an attractive bicolor Saint Laurent Sac de Jour.
Hermès Birkin Bag
I feel like we haven't seen Miranda Kerr in ages. Here she is at LAX, pausing to pose for the paps with a black Birkin that she's owned for quite a while. Miranda celebrated her 32nd birthday yesterday.
Gucci Bamboo Satchel
$2,550 via Gucci
Sharon Stone also whizzed through LAX this past weekend, clearly on her way to a very sexy business meeting with a Gucci Bamboo Satchel.