Invest to Impress: 8 Classic Handbags that Stand the Test of Time

If you make one fashion investment in 2020, let it be an immaculately crafted carryall that will endure for decades to come. Here we’ve rounded up eight of our favorites that will work with nearly everything in your wardrobe:


Acne Studios Musubi Micro Leather Shoulder Bag $690

Tapping design details from the traditional Obi sash, Acne Studios’ smooth leather Musubi bag is an artful balance of classic and contemporary.

Bottega Veneta BV Twist Knotted Intrecciato Leather Clutch $2,200

A Bottega Veneta bag is instantly recognized by its timeless intrecciato weave (a leather-lacing technique the brand has been using since the ‘60s). We love the oversized knotted strap of this slouchy clutch—both enduring yet of-the-moment.

Loewe Gate Mini Topstitched Leather Tote $2,500

A structured tote is one of the styles Loewe does best, and this immaculately topstitched ‘Gate’ style will see you through years to come.

Jil Sander Leather Tote $693

A roomy leather tote is a must for women on the go, and this spacious style by Jil Sander has enough room for the major essentials—think laptop, notepads, a cosmetic case, and more.


Mansur Gavriel Baby Leather Bucket Bag $325

Mansur Gavriel skyrocketed the bucket bag to fame, eschewing its trendy reputation in favorite of everlasting closet-staple status. We love the wear-with-everything blush hue as a feminine alternative to black or brown.


BOYY Bobby Boho Suede Tote $864

A classic investment bag doesn’t need to be minimalist or free of extras. Choose a style with deftly designed details, like this BOYY tote featuring mixed-media leathers and a slick wicker buckle.

Danse Lente Phoebe Bis Leather Shoulder Bag $276

The soft green and honey hues of Danse Lente’s ‘Phoebe Bis’ shoulder bag makes for a modern classic. We particularly love the architectural lines and glossy gold-tone hardware.


STAUD Frida Leather Tote $228

A top-handle tote will stand the test of time. Choose one in a soft neutral shade and a striking silhouette, like this circular style from STAUD.


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