The New “It” Bags

Over-sized purses have been all the rage for a number of years. Pick up any fashion glossy and you will see celebrities and models with packed purses that could double as suitcases dangling from their skinny little arms. (Victoria Beckham’s obsession with Hèrmes Birkin bags comes immediately to mind.) While we know there is some truth in the age-old adage that beauty is pain, does it have to be a pain in the you-know-what? These bags are heavy and cumbersome, hindering activities of the women who choose to carry them. Luckily, there are stylish options that are not only luxurious and haute, but practical as well, and celebrities and fashionistas alike are taking note. Hammitt Los Angeles handbags, which combine high style with functionality, have been spotted on the arms of Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, and Kelly Ripa.

The Hammitt Montana Messenger Bag, available in black or cognac vegetable-dyed American leather, is adorned with 24-karat gold hardware designed to stand the test of time. A long three-way strap allows the bag to be worn over the shoulder or across the body, freeing up a woman’s hands for whatever activity she sees fit.

Three Italian-suede-lined compartments along with two interior pockets, perfect for storing keys, cell phones, and other trinkets, allow for easy organization. Priced at $585.

This practical style extends to a unisex bag that is ideal for globetrotting ladies and gents. The LAX Weekender Duffle Bag, named after the city in which it is handcrafted, is the perfect carry-on size. The leather tote features both interior and exterior pockets, 24-karat gold-plated rivets, suede lining, double handles, and a detachable shoulder strap. Priced at $1,250.