For me, it was love at first sight. I had long admired the Proenza Schouler PS1, but I hadn’t yet found a version that seemed meant to be mine. It was 2011 and I had just moved to New York City and eBay’d my Céline Luggage Tote after realizing it was an impractical choice for a woman no longer traveling everywhere by car: too heavy, not meant for shoulder wear, impractical to keep zipped shut all the time. New place, new bag.

I had moved my attention to designs that could be carried crossbody and that could shut out intruders on the subway without requiring both of my hands to manipulate the closure. I wanted a pocket where my phone could sit so that my headphones could still snake out while the bag was fully closed–I had to walk around a lot in my new life, after all.

When we founded National Handbag Day (which is tomorrow!) four years ago, it was for the same reasons that my new home immediately launched a search for a new bag: the things we carry with us are never really just things. Our choices and preferences reflect our selves and our lives in ways both big and small, and we think that’s one of the things that makes bags so special: because they’re functional, everyday necessities, what we choose is a part of who we are.

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Once I had decided on the PS1, I waited for one to inspire me, and thankfully, a blanket-print jacquard textile version from Fall 2011 did just that. Because I was 25 and new to New York, I decided to take a little risk and hope for it to go on sale, and thankfully, it did. I carried it nearly every day for two years, and although it eventually relinquished the top spot in my everyday rotation, it’s still my favorite bag of all time.

Now we want to hear from you–which bag holds the fondest place in your heart and why?

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Shevvi Crowley
Shevvi Crowley
5 years ago

For me it’s a Coach duffle sack. I’ve been rocking one since high school in the mid 90s, used one as a diaper bag, and own a mix of vintage and current ones.

Passerine
Passerine
5 years ago

Of the bags that I own, my LV Trevi PM. Esp now that it’s discontinued. IMO, it was one of the brand’s best designs ever, at least in DE. After several years of normal use, it’s still in near-pristine condition. I willbe carrying this bag for a long time!

Katrina
Katrina
5 years ago

My coach borough-hands down! She gets so many compliments every time I wear her! Such a beautiful and functional work bag. Much better made than my prada and LV bags. I will be wearing her on national handbag day?

Allie G
Allie G
5 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

I wish they were still making the borough.

Emily
Emily
5 years ago

My Louis Vuitton Selene Mahina PM. It also happens to be my first designer bag -I got it when I was 19 and the most expensive this far. It still smells leather, it looks as new and I really splurged on it. I can carry it on my arm, on my shoulder or crossbody and the LV print is subtle enough. I even got a smaller laptop so that it would fit my bag!

ReneeO
ReneeO
5 years ago

The PS1’s are my favorite bag of all time too. I have several. They are not my prettiest or the most luxurious bags that I own, but they the most pleasurable to use. Their function is perfect for me–no easy task. If I had to dump all my bags and just choose one, the PS1 would be it!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

My Balenciaga Moto in distressed leather. It’s the perfect size. I love the edgy vibe. I like that it can be both handheld and thrown over-the-shoulder. Most of all, I got it got a good deal on an online consignment shop. I need to pull it back out!

Angela
Angela
5 years ago

I love your choice! I’ve always admired that bag. My favorite is the PS1 in olive leather. It’s perfect. I use it almost every day. My second fav is my Balenciaga City in Wonder Woman blue with silver.

Ingri
Ingri
5 years ago

My Givenchy Pandora is one of my dearest possessions.

Zeremine
Zeremine
5 years ago
Reply to  Ingri

Same! My bright orange medium panda never fails to make me smile

Anna Dinh Nguyen
Anna Dinh Nguyen
5 years ago

Fendi Petite 2Jours, just the right size and easy to throw my stuff in and get out

Cheryl
Cheryl
5 years ago

I have many designer bags that I’ve bought over the years..love them all and always looking out for another for my collection….?

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