Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Black Bag (See Jane Hunt)

There's nothing more classic than a basic, black bag, which makes the decision to purchase one that much harder for me.  I already hem and haw when looking for a new bag, and rightfully so--they're expensive and one would hope that it will last decades.  I'm looking for that perfect black bag that's not too trendy, but not too practical either; I want to be able to carry it out at night but also slide a laptop in it when need be.  Any recommendations?  I'd love to hear them (if you're willing to share)!
1. Rochas Textured Tote
2. Mulberry Dorset Bag
3. YSL Muse bag
4. Celine Trapeze bag
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Lark 


  1. They´re all great but I love number 4 the most! xo, Alma

  2. I'd go with #1. I think it is a classic shape. I found one similar at Burlington Coat Factory that I am hoping to get hehe

  3. I want that Celine bag!!

  4. i vote for the celine, but i'm biased as i'm on the wait list for one here in dubai.

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  5. I'm looking for a black bag with no gold/silver colored accesoires that I can use with jeans and sneakers on the weekends and with heels during the week as well. So I'm on a similar hunt. Rochas looks the best for me... Please let us know if you see something else..

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  6. I'm all over the black bag. I have a black Marc by Marc Jacobs tote that I got a couple years ago and I use it all the time. It's my go to for anything!

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  7. Beautiful picks - I recently bought a black winged bag (very similar to the Philip Lim one) at Zara for less than $50. Though it may not last a lifetime, I was excited about it!

  8. I've been stuck on that same problem for years - it feels like I better buy the absolute perfect thing so that it will last, but then that makes me just never buy anything... Love #3.

  9. I'm so with you on agonizing over the purchase of a bag! I love the Celine Trapeze – that one's on my list for sure.

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  10. The Muse is great. I thing Gerard Darel also makes a mean black bag!


  11. Love this post! I found a (fairly) inexpensive great oversized black back from The Limited and I love it!:,default,pd.html?dwvar_1373105_colorCode=100&start=18&ppid=c18&cgid=handbags-purses

    Big fan of your blog! :)

  12. celine is usually a safe bet when it comes to bags; funny, i love my dark chocolate and my camel bags so much i forget about my black bags!

  13. Loving your picks - in particular number 1 and 4. I also love the Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag in black, such a classic! Can't wait to hear what you choose :)
    xo K

  14. You can't go wrong with Celine!

    xoxo Shauna

  15. I love all of these! I would probably go for the Celine.

    But I love my Marc by Marc Jacobs Baby Aidan, it comes in black :) (it might be a tiny bit too small for a ipad fits, but he has great bags as well)

  16. Of these, my choice would be the Celine Trapeze bag. It's so sleek and modern and definitely holds its own in a transition from day to night!

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  17. I definitely think the Celine trapeze bag, clearly for its unique shape (I'm kidding), but also its versatility going from day to night.

  18. Black bags are the worst to shop for! So many choices & you're right, you want it to be perfect because you'll be using it so often. I ended up getting one at Kate Spade that was perfect for me but it took two years.

    I'm partial to the Philip Lim one, based on staring at it on other blogs.

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  20. I've been on an ongoing bag hunt as well and I have a couple suggestions. First, really try on these purses in a store, and bring your laptop along. You're spending a mint here, and you want to make sure your purse is functional and comfortable.

    I'd check out Margiela for great work to weekend transition bags.
    The quality is superb, and the styling really modern. I have their painted linen tote from last year that's held up so well.

    Their selection right now isn't that expansive at so you may want to try eBay. The downfall of designer bags is usually durability. It's why I'm cautious to pull the trigger on the trapeze bag. Has anyone been pleased with how it's holding up?

    I had a gorgeous Lanvin duffel I used for about 8 months, but while the leather was buttery and beautiful, the straps just couldn't support much of my stuff while commuting. Good luck and looking forward to seeing what you decide on!

  21. Furla sale on Ideeli today with quite a few black bags :)

  22. #1 is the best to me! It has the best shape! I love all of them though! happy hunting! xo

  23. #3~ WHY AM I POOR?!

  24. I think 1 or 3 are my favorites for classic with a bit of fun and flare. I like how thoughtfully you're approaching this purchase!


  25. i like the Rochas and Philip Lim out of these. Philip Lim in particular because of the quirky details but practical shape/messenger style.

    for cheaper options, Zara has some good bags right now in PU and real leather. i just ordered this online:

    reminds me of the Celine Triptyque with the zippers..kinda. it's big enough for my laptop and looks chic. hopefully i'll like it in person!

  26. Try a YSL Cabas in either a medium or large. I have the medium and it fits my 13 inch macbook air just barely. But I'm sure a large would. Also get the long strap!

  27. Thank you so much for the ideas, everyone! I'm looking into all of your suggestions :)

  28. The Celine bag is to die for.... and it's ALMOST practical :)

  29. I think you should definitely try to see these bags in person if possible and test them out with your things. It might get a bit heavy depending on what you intend to carry in it. I made this mistake recently with my own hunt for a black bag. I ordered the Philip Lim Pashli tote unseen. When I received it and I put everything inside the tote, it felt like a ton of bricks! I really love the Celine, but I saw a picture of an overstuffed an somewhere and the bag looked so warped! Good luck!

  30. i think i just died a little! these picks are gorgeous especially that celine! someday...

  31. Not the Celine, everyone has it. Be unique.

  32. I love the Rochas one. I'm fond of my Longchamp (and the price is right), but it's definitely more on the casual side.
    xo Josie

  33. that Celine bag is perfect~


  34. I just purchased the Mulberry Bayswater in black! It's great for carrying a laptop around and it works with everything for evening outfits! I love it!

  35. I love the Celine, but they are all great picks! I understand the agony over the decision:-)

    XO, Gina

  36. The Celine is a classic, but I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs one!


  37. I would have to say the YSL Muse bag would be my pick. It's classic hardware and shape will ensure that it will remain a timeless piece in your wardrobe for years to come!

    Gigi xoxx

  38. I recommend looking at the Givenchy Nightingale

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  40. I love the Celine Bag the best of the options you are choosing from. If I were going to invest in a black bag (which I hope to eventually) I would get one of these three:,default,pd.html?dwvar_32129655_size=OS&dwvar_32129655_color=001&start=6&cgid=handbags-totes

    Good luck with your selection!


  41. I have #3. It is adorable and I get a lot of compliments on it...but if I could do it over I would not buy it. The clasp is awful and getting the thing open and closed is not only difficult but super awkward. Pick function over form - get #1!

  42. Black bags are essential for fall! I love the Celine bag!!

  43. I need the Celine bag, so divine!


  44. I have this Kate Spade:,default,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU1702_color=001&start=42&cgid=handbags-shoulder-bags

    and I LOVE it.

  45. Have you seen the new Hobo Int'l bags? I'm loving the new designs.

  46. if you're looking towards #1, I just bought a PERFECT Tory Burch one that's similar from Nordstrom Rack. I absolutely love it. It's structured and simple but the gold details give it just enough personality.

    but if you want to go with something a little less practical, the Celine! love that trapeze bag!

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