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The Cat’s Out Of The Bag: SMYTHSON’s Exclusive Cooper Is The Tote To Have This Season

Well, well, well, what do we have here? A beautifully bold Smythson tote exclusive to Barneys? Don’t mind if we do.

Made from the finest quality goatskin leather and crafted in structured silhouettes, the Smythson Cooper collection—including a tote in two sizes and a shoulder bag—is built to suit all seasons and settings. Tote a cheerful colorblock style during daytime strolls or stick to a more subtle tone-on-tone style for a chic after-dark look. Feel like some uptown polish? Prop it on your wrist for the utmost sophistication. Or if you prefer a more relaxed approach, snap up the tote or bag that slings around your shoulder. The spacious tote secures all your essentials while the downsized version (which retains the same clean design) offers something more compact. It’s official: The Cooper has proved itself the bag of all bags.

After all, founded by Frank Smythson in 1887, the label known for its leather accessories, diaries and stationery has been at its craft for more than 100 years. (Its track record includes Grace Kelly’s wedding diary, Princess Diana’s correspondence stationery, John F. Kennedy’s condolence book and Katherine Hepburn’s diary.)

It’s only natural then that the Cooper has an equally impressive story to boast. It is named after the British journalist and author Jilly Cooper, who was appointed the Order of the British Empire in 2004. Known mainly for her romantic fiction, Cooper typically sets her novels in rural England and tells tales of upperclass British families.

Well that explains why we imagine ourself toting this prim and proper purse to afternoon tea and, you know, all our other royal engagements.

Shop all Smythson Cooper style handbags here, and shop the entire Smythson collection here.