It was an Every Girl moment – running out the door last night to dinner, and the boy behind me goes, “Why do you need such a big bag? What do you put in there?”
The answer, of course, is everything. Handbag space is precious – it’s like what some people put in the trunk of their car, if the trunk was lined in embossed silk or monogrammed leather.
To prove our point, we sought out Stacey Bendet, the designer of Alice + Olivia and the keeper of a vintage Gucci tote. Stacey herself is about the size of Tinkerbell, and yet, look what she can cram into her bag…
“I love this bag because it’s a little bit like breaking in shoes – eventually the leather will stretch for you. I always carry an Alice + Olivia t-shirt with me because you never know when you’ll need a t-shirt. There’s also gum, you must have gum… my makeup in a Henri Bendel makeup case, because it’s see-through and you know what you’re reaching for, a bottle of water, and my Blackberry. I covered my Blackberry with stickers so that I know which one is mine, if I’m at a meeting and we all put ours on the table. But also, the Blackberry is a really dark color – having bright stickers on it helps me find it if it’s stuck at the bottom of this bag!”