We have all been there. You need a new handbag, but you don’t exactly know what to buy. In my case, I need a new handbag for work and travel. I prefer it to be the same bag and use them interchangeably. But if you have been shopping and browsing the stores lately, you know how dull many of the large work bags are. They look like something an insurance man would carry to a conference in Ohio. They are bulky, not fashionable and often constructed of boring black nylon. Not something I exactly want to carry when working in the fashion world. When you work in an industry like mine, everything you wear and carry is judged. I hate to say it and I know it sounds bad, but we live in a world where you are now your own brand and you have to present yourself in the best way possible at all times. Not that fashion has made me self-centered, but I work around stylists and editors all day which means I like to be on my A game. Over the years I’ve developed my own style which I’m proud of. I prefer an elegant, but understated look. Charcoal cashmere and relaxed pants? Basically my look all of the time except in summer. I need the perfect work handbag that matches my relaxed but polished look.
Last night I sat down with a stack of new fashion magazines and of course a glass of wine. Flipping through each one, I marked each page that contained a large handbag that I liked. There were several large handbags that looked amazing. Clicking from website to website I bookmarked a few that were remarkable. I printed these out as I good look at them throughout the days and they also contained measurements. What is important to me is that a work bag is large enough for my Macbook with enough room left over to also hold magazines, papers, two smartphones. You get the idea; I carry a lot of essentials on a daily basis. When I travel, all of it goes with me. A great carry-on bag needs the same amount of room as I use for work, but also a bit more so I can easily transport skincare and makeup products. Today after much research I hit ‘buy’ and purchased a large satchel from a line called PLIA Designs.
As many of you are aware, PLIA Designs creates a range of handbags that fit effortlessly into the modern fashionable’s wardrobe. The bag I ordered is their new satchel and I absolutely love the design and silhouette. It has top handles, but it also contains a detachable shoulder strap. Rushing through airports, I know from experience, I often need a hands free bag. I’m super excited for my new handbag to arrive. I own and carry several designer handbags from PLIA Designs’ and I couldn’t be happier with them. They fit seamlessly into my life and I’m sure my new work bag will as well.