They’re not flashy or hyped. No one is begging celebrities to lug them about. But these discreetly chic carry-alls—from Mansur Gavriel, the Row, A.P.C. and more—are quietly wooing women in the know.
“IT’S A BAGUETTE!”
Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw with a mix of matter-of-factness and incredulity in the third season of “Sex and the City” when a gun-wielding mugger demanded she hand over her purple sequined Fendi bag.
The bag is being rethought in various corners of the industry. This month, ex-fashion publicist, Mesh Chhibber and visual artist, Sofie Cornillon, launch Peau de Chagrin, a label that focuses on very high quality construction and longevity. It offers a one-time run of 100 bags in a single style and colour that's available for preorder via its website. The boxy, vegetable-dyed leather day bags, all made by one Swiss artisan, sell for $3,800 (3,500 euro). "I've always loved the idea that someone will pass down a bag in the same way people used to hand down a Savile Row suit because it was made with beautiful cloth that lasts," said Mr. Chhibber.