A structured leather bag like Jessica Jensen’s Woven Box Satchel(above) is the perfect companion for corporate gals this fall. The relatively compact shape forces you to take only the essentials, the texture adds interest to an otherwise basic black bag, and the glossy finish is apropos for dinner or drinks in the evening. Get The Woven Box Satchel, $848, online or buy in-store at The Room or TNT.
If you’ve fallen in love with the very feminine, vintage-inspired looks of the season, a modern take on a classic shape like this Marsha Bag by 442 McAdam should make your heart sing. The embossed leather and scroll-like name plate are just a few of the details that inject lady-like charm, but the sturdy cross-body strap means you can go from work to weekend without being too dainty. Get Marsha, $450, at Poor Little Rich Girl and Heel Boy, or shop online.
If structure isn’t your thing, or your life lives in your purse, The Oliva in leather and wool by Cha Cha Lifestyle offers tons of room and relaxed style. The draw-string closure and studded accents are of the moment, but not overly done, and I love the whimsy of the hand-printed canvas lining that includes a collection of quotes and phrases in fun fonts on the inside. Get Olivia, $195, online but do allow up to two weeks for delivery as each bag is hand-crafted for you by designer, Lori Chalmers. Happy shopping!