It’s the One

The handbags Barneys’ buyers are buying for themselves

text by Marissa Rosenblum   photos by Lauren Perlstein

Working for Barneys New York can sometimes leave one in the odd predicament of actually having too much good stuff to choose from. In what might be one of the most challenging stories of all time, we pressed five of our merchants to make and share the tough decision of which designer handbag they choose to buy for themselves this fall. Bags were scooped up by the handful for deliberation, but only one each was allowed to make the cut for our shoot. Read on to find out which bags are swinging from these extra-discerning shoppers’ arms this season.
“I’m definitely what you’d call a ‘high/low dresser,’ so I like the idea of pairing such a refined structured heritage bag with a cute mini and boots. Carrying a Delvaux satchel brings the whole look to another level—something a more casual bag couldn’t quite do.”
Annie Chen

LOEWE Hammock Bag

“This is one of the most versatile bags of the season. Its convertible straps make it wearable three ways including on the shoulder for busier days when I need to be hands free. I really like how the pop of color and oversized shape balance a sexier dress, like this Saint Laurent number. It’s a little cocktail dress that grounded with boots and this bag easily transforms into a day look.”

“I was initially drawn to the distinctive shape of this bag but then saw the Paco Rabanne logo peeking through and that won me over. The logo trend is big right now, and this iteration feels especially fresh.”

Allison Yip

DRIES VAN NOTEN Jacquard Mini-Bag

Dries Van Noten is one of my favorite designers. His use of print and texture in all elements of his collections is truly an artistic fete, and this bag is a prime—and mini!—example of this. It’s small but fits all my necessities: phone, wallet, keys, lip balm. This is the perfect bag to bring along to an event or fashion shows.”

Llora is our newest handbag launch, and I’m excited to be one of the first to get my hands on such a gorgeous work of art disguised as the perfect clutch. Each one of Llora’s exotic bags takes 6 to 8 month to complete, but it’s the simplicity of the fine design that makes it so effortless to carry.”