Sometimes I know a bag is great from stock images, but usually I need to see a piece in person to really know whether or not I connect with it. After all, stock images can be deceiving in both good and bad ways–well-taken images can make an average bag look luxurious, and poorly taken images can make a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship look average, and maybe even cheap. In person, though, all is revealed.
While helping my best friend look for the perfect non-traditional wedding look last weekend, I found myself in the handbag section of Barneys, as one does. She and I have similar taste in bags (for example, on this particular day, we were both carrying medium-size burgundy top handle bags with crossbody straps), and our attention turned to the Céline Sangle Shoulder Bag. She had considered getting one when she bought her last bag, and although I’ve always liked the bag in photos, this was my first experience with it in person. I was impressed.
The new version of the Sangle is particularly good because of its versatility: the bag comes with both the wide, short webbed wool strap the bag has always had, which is perfect for one-shoulder carry and distributes weight well–ideal for a sizable work bag. Starting this season, some versions also come with a thinner, longer crossbody strap in leather, which amplifies the already super-functional bag’s versatility and opens it up to consumers interested in a slightly more casual option on the weekends.
In all, the Sangle is a perfectly discreet work bag that looks expensive and luxurious but doesn’t scream a particular designer’s name at the top of its lungs, and the ample size, multiple interior and exterior pockets and interchangeable straps make it a solid choice for anyone looking for a good bag to take to the office. I didn’t have one on hand to try it, but I bet it would even fit a small laptop.
Buy through Céline or your favorite department store for $2,900.