We could never say no to the perfect designer bag—even if owning one could only happen in our wildest shopping fantasies. Click through to see all the pretty, practical, and pricey totes we can’t get enough of this month, complements of Christian Louboutin, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Botkier, and more.
With fall shopping in full swing, we’re finding ourselves asking: How do you choose the perfect handbag? We caught up with Monica Botkier, the designer behind the celebrity-favorite line Botkier, to find out. “You have to be chic and sophisticated,” the designer told InStyle.com. “But you also need to be able to find your phone and keys. That part plays a big role for us in terms of design—functionality and fashion.” Fans of the label, like Halle Berry to Beyonce adhere to that ideal, shown here carrying their roomy-and-chic Botkier totes. “You don’t want to get something that’s so cumbersome and so uncomfortable that you can’t get into it or find anything, even if it is gorgeous,” she added. “You have to have some realistic expectations.” Good call! Browse the latest find-your-keys friendly collection of Botkier bags at botkier.com, and check out InStyle’s favorite fall handbags in the gallery.
Joy Bryant has teamed up with handbag aficionado and friend Monica Botkier on a charitable purse that might just be that perfect summer carryall. The Joy Satchel ($575), made of soft brown pebble leather, features cool topstitching and a detachable shoulder strap so you can carry it as a tote or sling it over your shoulder like a messenger bag. “Inside is a detachable clutch that is the perfect size to take out at night,” Bryant told us. “It’s like three bags in one! I love bags that are hip-slung and this one is made of the kind of leather that ages really well and will get nice and worn and rugged looking.” And the bag isn’t just functional: it also helps a good cause. Fifty percent off the proceeds benefit Oxfam America, an anti-poverty charity where Bryant is an ambassador. More