In my estimation, too much hardware on a bag makes it look cheap no matter how expensive it is, and conversely, bags with no hardware often look fancier than they are. This messenger bag from Clare V is big enough to fit your life—it’s even big enough for a laptop—and it’s so excellently slouchy.
I dig the contrast between the leather and the webbed strap on this Madewell saddlebag.
This Isabel Marant bag is so perfectly, wonderfully retroish—it looks like a fantastic vintage score.
True, this Coach bag has a turn lock, which counts as hardware, but I like it anyway; it hearkens back to Bonnie Cashin Coach bags from the 60s.
I love the hits of color on this great woven leather bag.
This two-compartment bag is perfect for right now: one compartment for hand sanitizer, your mask, and and other Covid supplies, and the second compartment for the rest of your stuff.
This woven leather bag looks like it could be Bottega Veneta, but it’s from Madewell.
A really streamlined bag for all of you minimalists out there.
Isn’t this puffy number kind of fun?
Here is the bag that’s at the top of my list at the moment: Clare V’s Gosee Clutch in such a good army green.
And I really like the indigo hue here.
The knotted strap on this one is kind of a sweet, feminine touch.
This nylon bag from Herschel comes in a few other colors, and has a certain anti-status-bag appeal.
And speaking of A.P.C., this one from the French brand is pretty great, and perfect for spring.