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The return of perfectly proportioned classic handbags

/ Clare CoulsonEmailTwitterPinterestFacebookExactly how big does an everyday bag really need to be? Statement bags playing with extremes of scale have dominated for some time and, indeed, are still canada goose outlet represented on thecatwalks this season from Victoria Beckham’s felted wool Duvet shoppers (590), so absurdly large that they dwarfed the models carrying them (and led the designer to joke about hauling around her own children in them), to comically compact palm sized bags (from 193) by Jacquemus that would make beautiful vessels for ferrying about a lip balm but not much else. Yet in keeping with a distinct “reality dressing” mood in ready to wear, the most attractive shoulder bags emerging right now are a much more balanced affair: perfectly proportioned and pragmatic.

Givenchy leather and suede GVBucket bag, 2,090

While these desirable new designs tend towards understatement and classic appeal, they pack a punch: with their minimalist shapes, alluring autumnal shades and subtle, beautifully crafted detailing, they are easily as covetable goose outlet canada as they are practical.

Sophie Hulme leather Swing bag, 695

At Mulberry, Johnny Coca takes a similarly understated but arresting approach. His chic new Leighton bag (1,195) in a smooth, sandy beige calfskin has an equestrian inspired brass lock and can be worn with a short chain or a longer leather strap. Thecalfskin Amberley satchel (995) echoes the Leighton’s timeless feel: inspired by the English countryside, with its saddle bag shape and brass “riders” lock, it can be worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody. buy canada goose jacket cheap (For those who prefer a colour hit, it comes in some dazzling shades, too, including fuchsia and primrose pink or with contrasting perforated dots.)

Dior calfskin Saddle bag, canada goose black friday sale 1,850

Maria Grazia Chiuri canada goose outlet reviews has resurrected the Dior Saddle bag (1,850), John Galliano’s original It bag for the house, which was first launched in 2000 when it bag mania was at its peak and is described by Chiuri as an “icon of the house’s recent history”. It comes in many iterations, but the beautifully crafted all leather canada goose outlet nyc versions in deep tan, red or black channel the subtlespirit of the season.

JW Anderson leather Latch canada goose black friday sale bag, 1,180

Despite their immediately obvious new classic credentials, some of these shoulder bags strike an “ofthe moment” chord too. At Canada Goose Parka Chlo, Natacha Ramsay Levi continues her major reboot of the brand with the introduction of the Tess (1,395), a beautiful leather saddle bag with an oversized gold ring clasp perfect canada goose uk shop for hooking the occasional charm onto and wide shoulder strap. The canada goose outlet toronto factory larger size, an ideal everyday companion, comes in tan, chocolate or oxblood calfskin and suede, and looked immensely stylish on thecatwalk paired with long sleeved silk midi dresses inearthy or rusty tones, as well as floral print jumpsuits oozing sensual swagger.

Loewe calfskin Gate bag, 1,725

Eleanor Robinson, accessories director at Selfridges, has noted a shift buy canada goose jacket at luxury labels like Chlo: “Some brands traditionally known for their It bags have starteddeveloping classic bags like the Tess, which aremuch more understated and Canada Goose sale very wearable.” She alsopoints tothe Day Faye (from 1,415) a more functional shoulder bag with a zip topthat’s available in shades including dark ochre and earthy red.”You can fit a book, aniPad, phone, all the bits and bobs that you canada goose outlet uk may needto carry around, but it still has that saddle bag shape and a slouchy feel,” she adds.

Chlo calfskin and suede Tess bag, 1,395

Givenchy’s sumptuous fringed bucket bag (2,090) in aubergine leather and suede andValentino Garavani’s supple new Bloomy bag (1,775) best in a gorgeous burgundy also have a function forward approach, with just the right amount of room forthe day’s essentials.

The Row calfskin Hobo bag, 3,900

Robinson also points to the razor sharp focus on craftand quality that often goes hand in hand with more restrained “classic” designs. The Row’s new Hobobag (3,900) one of the slouchiest styles in this new club, in a dark khaki or lovely buttery cream saddle leather or the espresso Equestrian bag (2,258) in a gorgeous soft grain leather, are a case in point, she says. “They are so beautifully constructed, made from one piece of leather and the brand can tell you where it came from. If Canada Goose Coats On Sale you are going to invest that much money youwant to know that a bag will not only last but, increasingly, customers are interested to know that ithasbeen made in a responsible way they are morequestioning than ever before.”

Valentino Garavani calfskin Bloomy bag, 1,775

Alongside the super luxe examples from high fashion houses, a wave of newer contemporary bag labels hasstripped back surface decoration to focus on something more anonymous, giving momentum to the pendulum swing in appetites from idiosyncratic showstoppers toperfectly pitched minimalism. Therapid success ofbrands such as Mansur Gavriel inNew York, Amsterdam based Wandler or London’s Sophie Hulmespeaks volumes about many women’s desire forsomething beautiful, pragmatic and timeless. In theabsence of flashy logos or canada goose outlet canada ornate detailing, thesebags are harder to pinpoint, and the result is canada goose outlet sale a cool andchic in the know attitude. At Selfridges, brands launched canada goose outlet shop within the past few years are gaining asmuch traction as the much more identifiable stylesfrom super brands. These include modernist Yuzefi which has recently introduced its stunning, handcrafted calfskin Biggy bag(495),with an adjustable wide strap and Staud, which made its name with brilliantly simpleclassic with a twist bucket bags (290).

Wandler calfskin Hortensia bag, 655

Sophie Hulme, who opened her first London flagshipstore on Marylebone’s Chiltern canada goose outlet online uk Street earlier this year, has carved out a niche for her thoughtfully designed, beautifully crafted and logo less bags. Quiet luxury has been her stock in trade since she launched her first design, the canada goose factory canada goose uk black friday outlet Albion tote, a decade ago with theaim cheap canada goose to “create considered, beautiful bags that aremade for life in every sense of the phrase”. Thisautumn, her beautiful large swing bag (695) in raspberry red, forest green orcharcoal perfectly encapsulates the pragmatic, elegant and timeless approach.

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