Good morning, ladies, and thanks so much for your patience last week while I was out. I’m feeling much improved, if not quite one hundred per cent, so please bear with me as I get back up to speed. Your week of requests starts now, with a reader named Clara, who asked to see a selection of “…work bags that are smart enough to take into CEO and board meetings, but hip enough I don’t lose my style,” and if that isn’t a near-universal request, I don’t know what is. Finding a bag that is polished enough for work-type stuff—and roomy enough for all of our everyday items—but still cool enough to be fun and stylish isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. My favorites are clean-lined, light on the hardware, and usually, but not exclusively, black. I think this modified hobo shape is kind of interesting.
I love a north-south tote, and this one from Clare V is so snappy with the red and navy stripes.
Generally speaking, I find backpacks to be on the casual side, but this is really sophisticated and streamlined, and doesn’t especially read like a backpack to me.
I was surprised to see that this was from Coach, as I’ve felt that Coach has declined precipitously, design-wise-in recent years, but I think it’s really good, and especially like the turnlock detail, which feels like old-school Coach from the Bonnie Cashin years.
I dig the mustard yellow, of course, and the chain handle is a nice touch. It’s also super-cheap.
Another north-south tote that feels nicely sophisticated to me, and into which I imagine you can cram a ton.
This bag comes in black too, but there is something elegant and a tiny bit unexpected about it in the gray. The thicker strap also gives it just a bit of an edge.
Usually frame bags like this are too girly for me, but this one isn’t, somehow—I think because the shape of the bag itself is quite cool and modern.
This is kind of sporty and duffel-ish, but still put-together-looking.
An interesting silhouette and a nice, bold burgundy hue.