As you might have noticed, it’s a Friday afternoon in June and those of you who haven’t yet managed to sneak out of work undetected probably don’t feel like doing much of anything. If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right spot: we want to know what bag you’re currently carrying and what you think of it.

Right now, I’ve got my stuff in a Lancel Bianca Bag (full disclosure: the brand sent me this bag last year as a thank-you after I included Lancel on a list of designers to watch). I’ve been thinking about writing about the Bianca for months, despite the fact that we try to keep coverage of the bags we receive as gifts to a bare minimum for ethical reasons. It’s just that good–sleek, functional, classic, expensive-looking, the whole deal.

The longer I work in fashion, the more I find myself attracted to bags from brands that aren’t well-known in the US. Whether that means indie brands or designers whose work is best known overseas, it doesn’t really matter; I just crave variety and novelty (but not THAT kind of novelty). Lancel is a French brand with a long history that’s trying to expand its modern reach, and some of its bags are great.


The Bianca in particular is a standout; the bag reminds me a bit of the Céline Classic Box Bag in structure, with a rigid body that opens accordion-like under a top flap to reveal a series of compartments. The bag itself is compact, but the construction allows for a bit of expansion, and it holds far more than I expected, even in the PM size that I have.

Perhaps most importantly, someone compliments the bag or asks me who made it basically every time I wear it, which is the best testament I can give to its real-life attractiveness. If you want one of your own, you can pick one up for $1,125 via Monnier Freres.

So, now it’s your turn: what are you carrying and how do you feel about it? Would you recommend it to others? Let us know!

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  • Sandy

    I am carrying the Chanel Urban Backpack, quilted, large size, black. I really love this bag. The bag is large enough to carry all of my daily essential and so very chic! I can put it on my back and be hands free when needed but most of the time I carry it by the chain handle/straps.

  • Biogirl

    I love Lancel, but don’t have one of my own yet, unfortunately. Today, I’m carrying a gorgeous yellow (hi there, summer!) Fendi by the way bag, small. It’s small enough to not feel bulky, yet big enough to carry everything I need. And I love that I can adjust the strap from shoulder length to cross body literally in a snap!

  • Passerine

    This week-end it will be my Gucci Boston bag from the 2016 Tian collection. We are going to a town on the French/Swiss border for a couple of days and the weather has been lousy — rain and t-storms. The bag’s coated canvas is pretty much waterproof. Plus it holds a lot and can be worn cross-body.

    • Rashmi

      I can’t wait to get one too. I love the look in pics. Is it beautiful in real life? Can you share some pics pls?

  • C

    I carry a Madewell Transport zip tote to work, and it’s such a functional, durable workhorse. I have the one with the long shoulder strap, so it’s really well suited for my urban, running-around-on-public-transport-with-an-armload-of-junk lifestyle.

    But over the past few weekends I’ve gone out with my new fuchsia Gucci Disco that I bought on sale (thanks Megs!) and I ADORE it. I get tons of compliments and a few people asking me where I got it, which I appreciate since I think it means the interlocking G logo isn’t too in your face or obvious. I just have to buy a cute card case to use with the Disco, since none of my normal wallets fit. Any recommendations for case cases? My holy grail would be to track down one of those iridescent lizard cases from Proenza Schouler from a few years back…

  • Suzanne

    Today I’m carrying a neon yellow Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny. Love these bags because they are a great length and a perfect ‘in-between’ size for me. Also love that it’s a luxe bag but much more under the radar than other brands.

  • laura

    A yellow Saint Laurent shopping tote. Got it from the sales and I love it. I carry a lot of stuff so I carry a tote most of the time. This one is great and the yellow color is perfect for Summer…

  • Dena

    I’m carrying my Chanel Boy New Medium Iridescent Blue with Soft Gold Hardware. I love this handbag. The New Medium is the perfect size for me shoulder carry or cross body. It took me a while to fall in love with the Boy, but once I did, I’ve been very happy and I’ve never looked back!

  • mocheetoe

    Mulberry mini Cara in black quilted lambskin. converts from backpack to shoulder bag to crossbody to hand-carry, pretty nifty!

  • FashionableLena

    I’m carrying a Michael Kors Sloan bag in dark quilted denim. I like the mix of the gold hardware, dark denim, and chain straps with navy leather woven through it.
    I don’t like bags with center pockets because I don’t use the pocket. However, I’d wanted this bag for months. Luckily for me, my birthday always falls during the Memorial Day sales. I got is for more than $100 dollars off.
    I like small bags, but I like this medium size. I can fit everything in it without feeling like I have to leave something out or cram everything in it.

  • John

    I’m carrying a Givenchy Obsedia Messenger in black pepe leather. I love how the cross hardware and wrinkled leather go well together. A great size for an eveyday bag. ?

  • Tinsley Proust

    I’m carrying a black Céline Classic Box. One of my go to bags for summer.

  • Kate

    I carried the small Chloe Hudson studded cross-body bag in smooth black calfskin today while running errands. I’m on maternity leave this week but will be returning to work on Monday and will have to switch to a less casual bag.

  • melody

    My black Bal city today! I love how I don’t have to baby it at all.

  • GoBears95

    My Bottega Cervo Hobo, my Veneta bag, MG Lady bag, medium PS1, Madewell Savannah Saddlebag. I rotate these lately every 1-2 days. I never go more than 2 days in row with the same bag. Sometimes I rotate bags within a day.

  • Passerine

    Just wondering: what happened to the weekly Purse Forum roundup? Has that been discontinued :-( or will it be coming back? It was one of my favorite weekly reads.

    • kemilia

      Yes, I’ve missed this feature, I haven’t seen it in a couple of weeks. That feature got me out into forums I wouldn’t generally go into–please bring it back!

      • Amazona

        So true! We need some encouragement to venture into the unknown!

  • Gia

    Chanel small washed calfskin chevron in pink!

  • Loli100

    This has been a week of running one errand after another. There was no patience for a dainty bag. Instead, I’ve been sporting my trusty black COACH Whiplash Leather Tatum Tote with Light Gold hardware. Perfect size tote and luxurious enough to compliment any outfit without the fuss or worry.

  • Caryn

    Celine belt bag in beige ?

  • Yazi

    Black Brahmin Lincoln Satchel. It’s a great bag for work and commuting. Holds so much and i don’t have to be careful with it. Definitely recommend it as a functional bag or for travel.

  • khm

    For work I’m wearing a Celine twist cabas. Weekends: a yellow Valextra camera bag with a chain strap.

  • Olivia Trelles

    I have been carrying a new to me Chanel reissue camera bag. It’s the medium size and I love the size for everyday. Thank you for highlighting indie and relatively unknown bag designers. I love the big names but also crave variety.

  • Celine Edge for the work week, black and emerald. I might use my YSL WOC for the weekend

    • Lori

      I love the Celine Edge bag. I listed it on the thread about which bags we wished would come back. I bet its a perfect work week bag. Ahh, some day I’ll get one…

      • By far, the Edge is the best work bag I’ve ever had. I did the Prada double zip saffiano but I wasn’t a fan.

  • Rashmi

    I just switched to my Green Coach Nomad hobo which is not heavy but still roomy and has the longer strap; so practical that I’m loving it!

    Amanda you should now post a new title “which bag are you dying to get or buy?” ? I have one that is not out yet but I can’t wait to get once it releases.

    • Loli100

      Don’t keep us in suspense ?. What future bag are you looking to buy???

  • Amazona

    What a gorgeous Lancel! I think you’ll find it wears like iron – the quality is amazing.
    Today was a long day at work so I took a vintage no brand nylon top handle with me. For fun, I’ve been lugging my MbMJ Percy around. Pretty pink color and fits my TB card case, Lancel(!!) key pouch, phone, plus all the little trinkets a girl needs.

  • SPA

    I am carrying a Chanel top closing bag.

  • sashimie

    Since taking the (scary) leap of launching my own brand that promotes Indonesian heritage fabric, batik bag, apart from the burberry tote that I wear to work everyday (still doing full time corporate job), I now only wear the batik bag on the weekend. I take pictures of it wherever I go for instagram purpose and more importantly, my bank account now thanks me as I no longer have strong reason to shop for bags! =D

    I find myself salivating over givenchy pandora in pepe leather though for my traveling though lol. But due to back problem, I settle with longchamp neo with strap which is tons lighter.

  • Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief

    In the last two months I’ve been carrying two bags alternatively, YSL mini Monogram satchel and medium Milla from MCM. The YSL bag screams fashion and surprisingly it fits everything I carry in my other bigger bags. My MCM Milla, though, it wears like iron! One look and you see quality. The minimalistic look is on trend right now and I love that you don’t see this bag often.

  • ECooper

    I have been spending a lot of time in the hospital visiting my 87 year old Dad and have dug out a Herve Chapelier tote in magenta. It looks ok, holds tons of things, and can be put on the floor. I put a Chanel woc or a LV pochette accessories inside and am good to go. I loved those bags and have about 5 or 6 so I am putting them back in rotation. They are so useful and the colors are great,

  • SRMH

    I’ve been carrying a Chanel shopping tote with gun metal hardware that I love but for a party I switched to a LV Capucines but back to my tote on Monday.

  • Seattlegal

    A Mansur Gavriel black bucket bag with red interior and I LOVE it.

    • TexasST

      I am surprised how much I love my MG bucket bags! I didn’t really understand the hype when they first came out but finally purchased one and now I get it, I have 3 of them and can’t wait to add more, hehehe.

  • rizalogy

    im currently loving my Tory Burch Thea Medium Slouchy Satchel in the color sweet melon…Love!

  • Maya

    my beloved Givenchy Nightingale:) It’s big, gotta put half my house in there:)))

  • Shanaya Subramaniam

    I recently got a big surprise by my friends when they gifted me a bag from Bally. They ordered the bag online from Zokudo and it is certainly one of the best bags that I own and also is one of the best gifts that I could have asked from them!

  • Lady_P7

    Alternate between my Black Givenchy Obsedia and Large Proenza Schouler PS1 Fringe bag

  • TexasST

    I have been carrying my LV Neverfull in Damier Azur with the ballerine pink interior. I have never been one to carry light colored bags but I am really enjoying this one. I’m sure everyone is sick to death of the Neverfull but I seem to always be late on the trend, hahaha.

  • Lori

    I have been carrying the POCHETTE ACCESSOIRES with the ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP 16 MM EBENE (sorry, got the proper names off the LV website!) and I love it. It’s the perfect cross body bag. Its tiny, but holds my phone, keys, makeup, small wallet, powder and glasses. I bought it for work as I work on a large campus and wanted something to carry my essentials to meetings, etc. But now I find I carry it all weekend too. It’s just the perfect little bag.

  • Cbo9710

    I am currently carrying my black Tory Burch T-tote in black with the identical red bag charm. I absolutely love the quality of this tote. Plus it came with a sizable pouch and has a toggle closure that offers a type of security that not a lot of open totes offer.

  • Iris Lamb

    I am currently carrying my Massaccesi Midi Soulmate in cameo rose calf leather. I adore all of Marco Massaccesi’s designs. He is a newish Italian designer and all of his bags are stil handmade in his own workshop in Italy, so everything can be customized to suit the customer’s wishes. My next one is already ordered! I swear I am not getting paid to sing his praises lol. His bags are just amazing.

  • Aileen Diaz

    This week I’m carry a chanel mini square for shooping and dinning. I love this bag is so comfortable and fit my essentials. Plus is not hurt my bag. For gym I carry a pink coach bag which is very light in weight and comfortable to carry plus I don’t need to worry about damage, scratches or anything else.

  • Cindy Byrnes Rizzetta

    I am currently carrying a beige jumbo Chanel flap bag. Lambskin with gold hardware. I love Chanel bags! Especially the classics and always in lambskin.

  • Maria Chamourlidou

    Yesterday I was carrying my Heroine by Alexander McQueen. Today (it’s just the very early morning here…) I’m gonna carry my Rivet by Valentino

  • GH68

    I have been using a classic black quilted Chanel boy bag. I like the fact it can be worn messenger style, however it is a squeeze to fit all my everyday stuff side!

  • Sofie

    Yesterday I carried my LV Alma MM, Vernis, in Pomme de Amour. Today Im carrying Prada Double Bag, black/red. Its so sexy!

  • Jennifer

    I had my Tory Burch Thea Mini Bag this weekend, now I’m back to my trusty summer LV Damier Azur Delightful.

  • Otter

    Last week my Chanel boy. This week, dug into the old stuff and pulled out my YSL black muse. It seems dated, but wanted to use it.

  • seun

    My black workhorse bag from auxiliary. The lancel pm bag and the east west tote are next on my to-buy list.

  • Susan

    My Celine boogie bag, I have two: one black and one tan and am looking for beige LOL
    Love the Bianca bag you’ve shown…I’m going to be checking this out!

  • Jaclyn G.

    I’ve been rotating between two! Mansur Gavriel mini bucket for work and Balenciaga mini giant city for weekends

  • Dwightinha

    I rotate according to OOTD, but I find myself gravitating more and more to my YSL large College bag. It is very user-friendly but most of all super lightweight.

    • Jess

      that bag is so beautiful. it’s on my hit list.

  • Jamie

    My bag of the week is the Louis Vuitton Cluny MM bag in black.

  • Bellabluek

    I change my bag depending on where I am going and what I will do. I sometimes go to work with a huge tote, get back home and change for a cocktail party and switch to a clutch xD

    That’s how much I love my bags.

  • Jess

    My hand bag collection has expanded quite a bit in the last twelve months. I like to treat all of my bags fairly so I try and use a different one every day. Sometimes my outfits start with my hand bag to ensure I can use it. Today it was my small Givenchy Pandora in the taupe. I tell everyone to buy the Pandora. There is no bag that is as unique as it, or as easy to use. The way it sits on your hip, and lays flat. And the pepe leather is my favourite. Pandora. Get one in every size.