Sadly we can't all have a crocodile-skin birkin to tote our essential files around town, but there are a few slightly more attainable options that will do you just as well. (ok, maybe not just as well, but they are a good place to start)
Prada's Galleria bag sure has been a hit in the city. It seems I can't dash across George Street for my mid-afternoon sugar fix without running into a corporate lady wielding one of these beauties. Of course it comes in just about every colour and size imaginable, which means that at least a half-day should be allotted to choosing the right one for you. A half-day in Prada, what a chore!
I must confess, my personal favourite is the Bayswater. It is a classic, no question, and will happily fit your ipad, makeup bag, spare cardigan, foldable umbrella, and even a few important documents if you so desire. Again, there are enough different leather and colour combinations to keep you occupied for at least a few online hours. Mulberry also issue a few new variations on this classic seasonally, so if you are looking for a bag that is uniquely yours, this might be a good place to start.
The new contender from Mulberry is the much-anticipated Del Ray. While I have only seen one example on the streets of Sydney (and on the arm of my housemate, no less!) the twitterverse has been abuzz ever since the bag was announced during London fashion week earlier this year. Combining the luxe of this blue-blood leathergoods specialist with the hot-right-now star power of Ms DR, it seems certain that this will become the it bag of 2012. Sure, it won't fit a lever-arch file, or probably even an ipad, but all you really buy it for are the jealous oohs and aahs of other office fashionistas, right? Besides, you never take work home with you anyway, right? As for what will become of last year's Alexa, we must wait and see. But for those ladies who are inclined to be the first in the office to carry the hot new thing, order it now, it's available on mytheresa if not in stores.
Sydney's perennial favourite seems to be Louis V's Neverfull. The jury is still out as to whether the damier or the monogram is more chic, but let's face it - neither is particularly subtle. If you are going to carry this bag you really have to own the look and in this regard I tend to prefer the monogram. But really - you're the one buying it, do what you want.
This bag is perfect for that "sure I carry around my trainers and gym towel in Louis Vuitton" casual chic look. It's big, it's practical, and it's perfect for those of you who, like me, often find yourself running out of room in a conventional-sized handbag. But it doesn't quite cut it in the boardroom. Then again, if you live in a cubicle or leave your bag in a locker, this might be just the thing to add a bit of bling to your working day.
and of course its always handy to take on your yacht
An honourable mention also goes to Vuitton's alma bag. The classic elegance of this silhouette makes this a true investment buy. It will look as chic on the arm of a 60-something as it does on a 20-something, possibly more so. As with all LVs, there are a range of leathers available - all customisable. I love the epi leather or a glossy patent. Buy it in black - I doubt that's going out of fashion any time soon.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the big bag shop next week, and in the mean time let me know: what is your favourite bag for work?