As director of Avery Verse, an Australian luxury handbag brand and social enterprise, I’m surrounded by stylish accessories every day and am often presented with the question of how can we design a better bag.
One area I believe that is sorely lacking in the industry is a designer handbag that is versatile for any environment, be it the office, a club or a day at the races, without sacrificing itself to fit in any one camp.
Some bags can only be used in one setting and that’s okay, but it does inhibit the versatility that makes a leather bag such a wonderful accessory, primarily that you can wear it with many different outfits and still feel ‘right’.
In light of this, I’ve put together a few recommendations that any woman can look for in their next luxury bag, especially when you’re looking for something that can be by your side no matter what life throws at you.
A Dignified Handbag
For many, when you buy a luxury handbag, you’re looking to get the right kind of attention. What makes you feel like Grace Kelly and elevates your mood well above the everyday. The best choice, in my experience, to achieve this are strong contours in a bags design, well balanced hardware that doesn’t overwhelm and rich colours that evoke a strong response and raises the bar of elegance.
Once you have attention, though, it’s worth feeling as secure as a queen surrounded by her guards, and this is where it’s so important to bring together features that keep everything inside the bag as safe as possible. By looking for a bag with all the elements of high class but also with a safety feature like a twist latch you can feel that sense of security which allows you to keep focused on being awesome.
For Avery Verse, we created the Sublime to express dignity and practicality.
A Stylish and Work Friendly Crossbody
This is a must have for any woman who has to juggle their work and personal life. A sleek and sophisticated cross body bag that can carry all your essentials into the office and out to a club without missing a beat.
The ideal luxury cross body for everyday use is one with a minimalist style like a small logo, little if any hardware and a comfortable shoulder strap. This ensures you can look chic during a meeting and bounding along in a train, without it being out of place.
For Avery Verse, we created the Belmore as our expression of work chic and timeless style.
A Tote Bag For Any Season
Does life sometimes seem like it never lets up? Are you constantly racing from one pressure situation to the next, be it at work or home? A tote bag is your best friend then, especially when you’re expected to be everything to everybody.
The best luxury totes have exquisite external detailing that present it as a piece of art, while accomodating the practical features a tote is known for, like a large interior, coin and phone pockets. By seeking out these bags you’re able to flash your style and yet still carry everything you need without missing a beat.
For Avery Verse, we created the Country Lane for its sophisticated detailing and yet casual air.
These principles are the guiding lights for any style maven that needs to manage her work and personal life and doesn’t always have the time to change her outfit in between. The luxury bag is a versatile centrepiece that you can use again and again if used right and is a must have for women.
Taylor Cook is the director of Avery Verse. We create Italian leather handbags for discerning women.