The Ladylike Bag That Has Tyler's Heart Racing

A truly rare coup de coeur.
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Mansur Gavriel sun mini patent leather tote, $595, available at Net-a-Porter.

Mansur Gavriel sun mini patent leather tote, $595, available at Net-a-Porter.

I am not a big handbag person. I think, perhaps, that's weird coming from someone who works in fashion, considering that handbags are supposed to be one of those highly touted "gateway" pieces, and that, as a whole, women who work in fashion are characterized as purse-obsessed fiends. Still, the older I've gotten, the more careful and particular I have become about bags, and I've developed a rather high bar of qualifications: It must be good quality, so I'm not ditching it after a few month of use. It must fit into my style seamlessly and be slightly timeless, as I'm pretty lazy about changing my bags. It must be big enough to be practical and functional, but not too big as to be unwieldy for nights and weekends for the same reason. And of course, I have to just have that coup de coeur feeling when I see it. 

So, yeah, I'm a little neurotic about bags, to say the least, which means I hardly ever buy them. I've largely let the Mansur Gavriel craze pass me by, too, because the totes and bucket bags didn't meet the qualification of fitting into my style — until now. I saw this perfectly ladylike, pink patent leather tote a few weeks ago and it seems to tick all the boxes. The glossy, dusty rose color fits with just about everything I wear (check), the style is prim but not too serious (check) and the size couldn't be more ideal (check). And I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since — the most important checkmark of all.

Mansur Gavriel sun mini patent leather tote, $595, available at Net-a-Porter.

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