Q&A: How to Shop for an Everyday Handbag

April 6th, 2007

Q:  How do I choose a high quality handbag for everyday use?

Limited Nurse Handbag at RetrodelicOmiru
is pleased to bring you the answer to this style question from Ken Williams, the designer behind the
classic handbag line Retrodelic.

A:  Look for a bag that…
1. You absolutely love.  After all, you are going to wear it every day. 
2. Can carry all of the necessary things for everyday use–your keys, wallet, etc.
3. Is made of high quality leather that will age well.
4. Represents an extension of your personality.  Note that this may not necessarily be the current "It" Bag.
5. Doesn’t break the bank.  Make sure you get good value, quality and style for your money.

Pictured: Limited Nurse Handbag | $240
at Retrodelic.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

Entry Filed under: Q&A, Women's

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jen - Shop Happy  |  April 7th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Those tips are like the bible for bag shopping. Awesome post.

  • 2. cindy  |  April 9th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    i actually like that cute red bag in there. i just went to their website and they have some very Marc Jacobs reminiscent pieces (ala Venetia bag). Doesn’t say anything about the quality of the leathers though…makes me wonder how soft it is?

  • 3. cindy  |  April 9th, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    actually another interesting handbag line is the Hayden Harnett folks. I like their ibiza tote I think it would be a functional commuting work bag.

  • 4. Trisha  |  April 10th, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Oh, and Hayden Harnett is having a sample sale starting tomorrow (April 10-12): http://www.haydenharnett.com/samplesale/

  • 5. Jaime  |  April 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Hobo International also makes great everyday bags with nice details.

  • 6. Jessie  |  May 5th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    These are great tips! It’s true that choosing a genuine leather may he;p the bag last longer but 210 $ is pricey…

  • 7. GeorgieNYC  |  November 9th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    while some of these are a bit pricier they are great finds that are all on sale!
    (http://www.what2wearwhere.com/blog/post/2009/11/04/Deals-Steals-Fabulous-Handbags.aspx)

    Otherwise, we’re loving some of liz claiborne’s bags by isaac mizrahi that are amazingly priced.
    http://www.lizclaiborne.com/Handbag/AccessoriesHandbags,default,sc.html

  • 8. Massoud  |  January 7th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I bough the messenger bag, its a piece of crap. the leather quality is poor made in China for the price of a designer bag. I rather buy the Gucci and Prada, its worth the money. these bags are crap and they are very poor quality.

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