Fab 5: Happy Handbags | Vancouver Sun

From vibrant totes to boldly colored styles, Rebecca Tay showcases five bags that instantly lift the mood.

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Is there anything more joyful — sartorially speaking, anyway — than a bag bursting with color? So far, we think not.

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Pulling your wallet out of a purse that looks like a rainbow suddenly makes it a little more fun to pay for things, and who knew carrying your stuff around in something so shiny could bring so much happiness?

From vibrant totes to boldly colored styles, Rebecca Tay showcases five bags that instantly lift the mood.


There are many reasons to love this Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 50. First of all, it is part of one of the late Virgil Abloh’s last collections; second, it’s stunning, with a multicolored sunset by artist Daniel Cascarella as the backdrop to the brand’s signature monogram. We also love its sleek black leather trim and silver detailing – a change from the house’s usual gold hardware. Just forget about hand luggage; we would use it as an everyday tote.

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StockX, stockx.com | From $6,440


We’ll probably always associate baguette bags with Fendi, but there’s certainly nothing wrong – in fact, quite the opposite – with baguettes from other brands. This bright green style from Melissa is a great example. Besides being the perfect piece for trans-seasonal weather thanks to its rubber construction, it’s the perfect size for every day, looks super cute with jeans, dresses and even sportswear, and doesn’t won’t break the bank.

SSENSE, www.ssense.com | $110


Handmade in Spain, this Espiga nylon mini tote from Hereu is far more versatile than you might expect for a small purple bag. On the one hand, it has a knotted handle which gives it a slightly dressed look; on the other, it’s made of a slightly sporty padded nylon. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap, so you can wear it cross-body. What all of this ultimately means is that it looks good with pretty much anything you can throw at it. Or throw it on it.

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One of the few, oneofafew.com | $498


We’ve never come across a miniature we didn’t like – be it food, tchotchkes, collectibles or bags. How about this mini “Lisbon” drawstring bucket bag? Well, that’s pretty divine. Made from super soft leather, its just right size was designed to hold all your essentials: wallet, phone, keys and lip balm. Bonus: it comes in five colors, though this bright coral hue is our favorite, and the drawstring closure itself becomes easier to tighten over time.

J Crew, jcrew.com | $173.50


If you find it hard to get through life with a small bag, join the club. How do people survive without a book and a bottle of water in their bag at all times? We’re not sure, but if that’s you, you might like this aqua open mesh tote bag. It’s light and small for a tote, so you can’t overcrowd it, but it’s also strong and cool enough to replace that dirty cotton canvas shopping bag you’re a little too used to.

New News, newnews.com | $64

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