A good bag can be a dear and trusted friend and it's worth doing your research to find the perfect match. Though, in the crowded world of handbags (large, small, suede, matte, crocodile, messenger, bucket… the list goes on) it can be difficult to know where to begin in your search. Well, we’ve curated a selection of our must-have bags this season, modelled on our very own Caroline, in varying shapes and sizes to suit your changing needs, but to keep forever. 

Straw bags have been everywhere lately, from slouchy multi-coloured creations to petite woven cross bodies, they’ve gone from being an accessory for holiday-makers on sunny shores to a city girl’s it bag. We think there’s no better place to get yours from than Peruvian brand Nannacay,  translating to “brotherhood of women”. They focus on building communities of South American artisans and using locally sourced materials. Each bag comes with a nametag from the maker - you’ll be proud to wear yours. 

Olivia Palermo & Meli Melo 
When we found out that model and style-maker Olivia Palermo was teaming up with London-based bag brand Meli Melo, we were excited to say the least. And the results haven’t disappointed; they’ve created the bucket bag of our dreams. Made in luxurious shades of poppy red, sugary pink and deep maroon, its clean lines and gold graphic charms make the Severine bag a sleek addition to your accessories closet.

Danse Lente 
Style and practicality are combined with ease in Danse Lente’s Phoebe bag. Meaning “slow dance” in French, Danse Lente focuses on making bags with considered functionality and a playful curiosity to their design. The Phoebe bag features pockets on either side, an over the shoulder strap and an orange and red colour blocked body. We think they’re a sit-up-and-notice newcomer to the busy bag market. 

Tara Zadeh 
Iranian bag designer Tara Zadeh is inspired by her home country’s striking architecture and the intricate mosaics that adorn its palaces and mosques. And when you look at her purses, it shows. From their circular design to their handy leather strap with geometric shapes, they’re an expression of Zadeh’s personal style and heritage. Trust us, now is the perfect moment to invest in one.  

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