It can be emotionally trying sweeping from shop to shop in search of the perfect bag. There is the lugging of your own bags (and buggy/young children) around for hours, the tiring ritual of taking-off-and-putting-on (more times than you care to) and that deflated feeling when the “Cinderella moment” you’ve waited all day for, doesn’t happen.
But we’ve made your seasonal handbag shop a little easier by choosing our five favourite It bags from the Net-a-porter sale. Whether you’re looking for an every-day all-rounder, a classy going-out bag or a little piece of luxury, you’ll find something to suit in our edit below.
The exotic getaway bag
Big bamboo tote by Cult Gaia, €135 at net-a-porter.com
The label: Cult Gaia
Original price: €270
Price after discount: €135 – a total saving of €135
Why we love it: New label Cult Gaia looks as though it could have originated in a far-off corner of the Seychelles. Earthy wood, bamboo and natural materials and textures define the collection. The brand creates objects d’ art that makes you look twice. Woven with perfectly assembled pieces of sturdy bamboo, Cult Gaia’s Big tote is the cool follow-on to its instantly recognisable Ark clutch, which has taken over our Insta feeds this summer.
The lived-in shopper
Mila checked woven tote by Sophia Anderson, €147 at net-a-porter.com
The Label: Sophia Anderson
Original price: €294
Price after discount: €147 – a total saving of €147
Why we love it: Perfect for chucking in keys, gym trainers, Tupperware and make-up essentials, this shopper is the perfect hold-all for everything from early-morning yoga classes to late-night cocktails. This structured shopper by Sophia Anderson adds a pop of colour that’s perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn. This cream, midnight-blue and bright-pink checked design is finished with a vibrant blue handle. What’s more, this shopper is woven by expert artisans entirely by hand.
The piece of luxury
Pierce medium printed leather shoulder bag by J.W. Anderson, €1,470 at net-a-porter.com
The Label: J.W. Anderson
Original price: €1,470
Price after discount: €1,029 – a total saving of €441
Why we love it: Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson’s simple, yet luxurious designs have stirred up the fashion industry. I’m betting that a J.W. Anderson piece could, in years to come, have the same return value as a Chanel bag. This jagged, striped, cream and black medium leather bag is a timeless classic that will withstand every fast trend and wardrobe malfunction. The gold chain and ring detailing add subtle charm and elevate this bag from Saturday afternoon shopping to sipping champagne on a rooftop terrace somewhere cosmopolitan.
The Friday night bag
D Tiny Box satin shoulder bag by Little Liffner, €145 at net-a-poter.com
The Label: Little Liffner
Original price: €290
Price after discount: €145 – a total saving of €145
Why we love it: Little Liffner is a Stockholm-based accessories brand. Established in 2013 by designer Paulina Liffner Von Sydow, Little Liffner creates beautiful, refined handbags with street-smart appeal. It’s an accessible luxury label that adds a playful twist to clean-cut, sophisticated design. This D Tiny Box bag – a popular shape on its online store – is made with lustrous pink satin, exclusively for Net-a-porter (so no one else will have it!). Made in Italy, it opens into a twill-lined interior with enough space for your phone, lipstick and cardholder. Tuck the chain shoulder strap inside to carry it as a clutch.
The year-round bag
Sara croc-effect leather shoulder bag by Elizabeth And James, €165 at net-a-porter.com
The Label: Elizabeth And James
Original price: €329
Price after discount: €165 – a total saving of €165
Why we love it: Elizabeth and James’ Sara bag is made from glossy croc-effect leather in a clean-lined, boxy silhouette. This pared-back accessory is simple, elegant and neutral so that it can be paired with any outfit combination (during any season!). This bag has a silver zip pull and hardware that complements its soft beige hue. Stow your wallet, phone and keys in the satin-lined interior. This effortless cross-body is durable, functional and will see complement light, airy summer dresses and warm winter knits.