Working for Barneys New York can sometimes leave one in the odd predicament of actually having too much good stuff to choose from. In what might be one of the most challenging stories of all time, we pressed eight of our merchants to make and share the tough decision of which gorgeous designer handbag they choose to buy for themselves this fall. Bags were scooped up by the handful for deliberation, but only one each was allowed to make the cut for our shoot. Read on to find out which bags will be swinging from these extra-discerning shoppers’ arms this fall.

Jackie Kim
DELVAUX Tempête MM Satchel

“I’m definitely what you’d call a ‘high/low dresser,’ so I like the idea of pairing such a refined structured heritage bag with a cute mini and boots. Carrying a Delvaux satchel brings the whole look to another level—something a more casual bag couldn’t quite do.”

NILI LOTAN Margot Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater / HELMUT LANG Houndstooth Wool-Blend Miniskirt / DELVAUX Tempête MM Satchel
NILI LOTAN Margot Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater / HELMUT LANG Houndstooth Wool-Blend Miniskirt / DELVAUX Tempête MM Satchel

Lon-Ell Hollman Jr
TOMASINI Ross Small Crossbody Bag

“Tomasini is not as widely known as some of our other designers, which I like because I try to be low-key in that way! What’s not low-key, in the best way, is the disco ball quality of this style. It adds a shot of fun to my outfit and I think it compliments my personality!”

BALMAIN Rib-Knit Wool Robe Cardigan / AMIRI “Lovers” Cotton Jersey T-Shirt / HAIDER ACKERMANN Houndstooth Stretch-Cotton Trousers / TOMASINI Ross Small Crossbody Bag

Emma Turner
J.W.ANDERSON Pierce Mini Cross-Body

“I love how unique this J.W. bag is. We’ve seen a lot of velvet the past couple seasons, and in this case the ribbon adds a really nice update. It’s also small enough in size that the combination of the green velvet, ribbon, and hardware isn’t overwhelming. To dress it down for day time, I’ll be pairing it with sneakers.”

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC CK8058S Sunglasses / BEN TAVERNITI UNRAVEL PROJECT Velvet Devoré Robe / BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere-Silk Short-Sleeve Sweater / RE/DONE High Rise Ankle Crop Jeans / J.W.ANDERSON Pierce Mini-Crossbody Bag / GOLDEN GOOSE Women’s Superstar Metallic Leather Sneakers
BEN TAVERNITI UNRAVEL PROJECT Velvet Devoré Robe / RE/DONE High Rise Ankle Crop Jeans / J.W.ANDERSON Pierce Mini-Crossbody Bag / GOLDEN GOOSE Women’s Superstar Metallic Leather Sneakers

Annie Chen
LOEWE Hammock Bag

“This is one of the most versatile bags of the season. Its convertible straps make it wearable three ways including on the shoulder for busier days when I need to be hands free. I really like how the pop of color and oversized shape balance a sexier dress, like this Saint Laurent number. It’s a little cocktail dress that grounded with boots and this bag easily transforms into a day look.”

SAINT LAURENT Polka Dot Silk Minidress / LOEWE Hammock Bag / SAINT LAURENT Craquelé Leather Ankle Boots

Jaclyn King
PACO RABANNE Cage Bucket Bag

“I was initially drawn to the distinctive shape of this bag but then saw the Paco Rabanne logo peeking through and that won me over. The logo trend is big right now, and this iteration feels especially fresh.”

THE ROW Lusea Stretch-Cotton Poplin Shirtdress / R13 “Single Stack” Leather Ankle Boots / PACO RABANNE Cage Bucket Bag
THE ROW Lusea Stretch-Cotton Poplin Shirtdress / PACO RABANNE Cage Bucket Bag

Allison Yip
DRIES VAN NOTEN Jacquard Mini-Bag

Dries Van Noten is one of my favorite designers. His use of print and texture in all elements of his collections is truly an artistic fete, and this bag is a prime—and mini!—example of this. It’s small but fits all my necessities: phone, wallet, keys, lip balm. This is the perfect bag to bring along to an event or fashion shows.”

NSF Motley Tech-Fabric Bomber Jacket / GRLFRND Helena Straight Crop Jeans / DRIES VAN NOTEN Jacquard Mini-Bag / GIANVITO ROSSI Aramis Patent Leather Mules

Michal Kurtis
FENDI Kan I Mini Shoulder Bag

“This season I wanted to go for something extra-special that makes any outfit feel elevated. The hand-painted python of this Fendi beauty adds an eye-catching textural element to my everyday wardrobe of classic dresses, skirts, and button-down shirts.”

OLIVER PEOPLES Nickol Sunglasses / BARNEYS NEW YORK Velvet Maxi Dress / FENDI Kan I Mini Shoulder Bag / BARNEYS NEW YORK Stamped Leather Ankle-Strap Sandals

Marina Larroudé
LLORA Emma Crocodile Small Clutch

Llora is our newest handbag launch, and I’m excited to be one of the first to get my hands on such a gorgeous work of art disguised as the perfect clutch. Each one of Llora’s exotic bags takes 6 to 8 month to complete, but it’s the simplicity of the fine design that makes it so effortless to carry.”

SIES MARJAN Sophie Dress / LLORA Emma Crocodile Small Clutch / BARNEYS NEW YORK Fur-Trimmed Suede Sandals
SIES MARJAN Sophie Dress / LLORA Emma Crocodile Small Clutch

 

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