Sex and the City made certain bags cult classics, if they weren’t already. The Birkin and the Kelly are certainly “it” bags but I’m asking a more nuanced question here. What makes a bag or a style of bag your own personal go to bag? Confession time, I’m something of a bag connoisseur. I love handbags and have since I was around three years old and was gifted a Chanel inspired bag as part of my Easter ensemble. I loved that bag and cried and cried when I discovered my Mom “gifted” it to a younger child years later.
I have many lovely handbags but I find that, time and time again, I return to a particular type. My personal “it” style is an unstructured tote. The Louis Vuitton Neverfull and the Goyard St. Louis fit the profile perfectly and are the bags I return to daily. This style is perfect for the “dump”. In addition to wallet, phone and keys, it holds files, an iPad or laptop, leggings for after work yoga or Pilates or barre class and about anything else I think I’ll need between the time I leave for work and return home. This style also makes a perfect carry-on bag. I can’t count the number of times my St. Louis has been stuffed under the seat in front of me on an air plane.
While the unstructured tote is my go to bag of choice, I also have a soft spot for a hobo style bag and a bucket bag. Goyard’s fidji / hobo bag is a favorite. Smaller than the St. Louis or the Neverfull, the hobo bag is slightly smaller but still holds everything I might need sans laptop and has the added advantage of a zipper.
Next on my list of favorite bag styles is the bucket bag. Celine’s cabas /tote is in my bag rotation. The bucket bag is deep and the chief flaw is its depth. It is easy for an item to fall to the bottom and get lost but it has the same advantages of an unstructured tote. It is another “dump” bag.
Do you see the common characteristics? My personal “it” style bag needs to be:
- light because I’m going to stuff it;
- discrete; and
- able to accommodate the dump because I’m going to fill it with everything I need for a day in my life.
So what are the characteristics that make a bag your own personal “it” bag?