Fashion Meets Function
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM | Marcella Elbaum
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Every fashion-forward girl knows that the bag we choose to hang on our arm has the potential to make or break an entire ensemble and reveals a lot about our style.  We've all fallen victim to trying to find our keys, lipstick and other necessities at a minute's notice in that giant abyss we call a bag.  We've also been confronted with the painful (yet strangely satisfying) task of purging paychecks just to get our perfect arm candy.  Luckily, we've found a nice selection of bags that take fashion, function and finance into consideration by designer labels Yiliy, LaLucca, Hammitt, and Oscar and Anna.  Below, we've listed a couple of our favorites from each designer.  Check out these awesome designers whose notoriety continues to increase as they continue to create wardrobe essentials. 

Yiliy, created by Yilin Chen, offers us "functional elegance."  Yiliy bags are created for women who want a timeless, yet distinctive staple in their wardrobe.  Created with the softest Italian and South American leathers you've ever touched, Yiliy comes in an assortment of styles including small cross body bags, evening clutches, everyday satchels and practical totes.  Mrs. Chen is sure to maintain a balance of superior quality and accessibility by manufacturing her entire collection exclusively in NYC, retailing at $200-$500.

L'Ecolier ($389) - This makes for the perfect everyday bag to carry all of your essentials to the office, school or wherever your busy life takes you.  Made from Italian grain cowhide, this bag has one main compartment, a metal zipper pocket on the back of the bag, an inner metal zipper wall pocket and two inner open wall pockets to keep everything organized while resting comfortably on your shoulder.  As beautifully displayed by Gossip Girl's, Sage, this season, this bag truly captures the bohemian meets urban chic style. 




Le Passportout ($225) - Whether you're going out for the night, or taking a leisurely stroll, this bag is a must have.  Also made from Italian grain cowhide, this bag has one main compartment, one inner wall pocket and one open wall pocket, a hidden magnetic closure and our favorite feature, an adjustable threaded chain strap.  You can make the strap long or short and convert the bag into an over-sized wristlet, or even a clutch, accommodating any style mood.








Whether you want to get a jumpstart on your summer wardrobe, get ready for that much needed tropical vacation, or just want to add a little whimsy to your bleak winter style, you're sure to do so with LaLucca handbags.  LaLucca head designer, Laura Pimentel has created a line of hand-made, vibrant bags that combines functionality with self-expression.  This Miami based handbag brand is known for its supple leather, bold signature lining and reinventing itself to keep up with our ever-evolving style.  LaLucca has been featured in magazines such as People, Seventeen, InStyle, Redbook and many more. 


Camilla Neon ($375) - This leather tote is the perfect accessory to store all of your beach bum basics.  This tote has a top zipper closure to ensure that all of your belongings don't get lost during the hustle and bustle of your beach activities.  On the inside you'll find LaLucca's signature hot pink lining as well as an inside zipper pocket and inside patch pocket. 




Jolie ($350) - Part of LaLucca's Art Bag Collection, this colorful clutch is truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Each clutch is hand-painted on canvas, so no two are exactly alike! Also made from leather, with a top zipper closure and inside zipper pocket, this collectible item is the perfect accessory for a night out at the resort or in the city.





Hammitt Los Angeles, by Creative Director, Tony Drockton creates the different Hammitt collections, which evoke the effortlessly calm, cool and collected Californian lifestyle.  Hammitt perfects the synthesis of fun, function and fashion for the modern and edgy woman.  With its signature suede lining, gold plated hardware like grommets and studs, there is something about each bag that subtly notes a tasteful badass.  Although based in Los Angeles, Hammitt products are sold in over 300 boutiques across the world, retailing at $200-$800.  It's no surprise Hammitt has been worn by the likes of Hollywood fashionistas such as Angelina Jolie, Ashley Greene and Paris Hilton. 



 Getty Lux ($195) - From the West Coast's Rodeo Drive to the East Coast's Fifth Avenue, and everywhere in between, you'll want to have this bag for those long shopping trips.  This luxurious lightweight leather with suede lining is the perfect size to fit anything you'll need throughout the day.  With it's removable and adjustable strap, you can convert it to a wristlet or a clutch to take out at night.








Brentwood Signature ($585) - It's not hard to see why this satchel is one of Hammitt's best selling bags.  Lined with suede, two open pockets, one zipper pocket, and a clip to keep your keys in place, this bag has a compartment for all of your belongings.  Made from thick, quality leather, this is a timeless piece you'll have for years to come.




Last, but certainly not least, Oscar and Anna handbags come to us by designer, Anna and her "silent partner" and inspiration, Oscar (as with Madonna, last names are not necessary).  Like some of our other favorite designers, these bags are locally manufactured in NYC using the finest materials.  Taking functionality up a notch, these handbags have unique side pocket entries into secret compartments ideal for discreetly storing things no one else needs to know about.  Combining innovation, practicality and style, Oscar and Anna designs are a must-have for all seasons.



The "Has Been" ($165) - This simply sweet and elegant bag is the perfect go-to for your everyday, casual look and can also be dressed up for a nighttime look.  With a magnetic flap top that closes by itself, you don't have to worry about misplacing anything.  Made with Italian leather, this bag comes in six gorgeous colors, making it hard to choose just one!






The "Cleo" ($668) - Made from Italian hair on hide leather, this spacious yet sleek design makes for a great splurge.  Though subtly luxurious, this bag is sure to catch people's attention.  With its soft handles, it can rest comfortably on your shoulders, while keeping everything organized and in place with its semi-firm structure. 


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