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The best luxury handbags to buy

Every handbag style to try this year
The best luxury handbags can update an outfit in a flash or usher in a whole new look. If you’re looking to splurge on a new bag, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with big-name labels on offer alongside up-and-coming designers. We’ve surveyed the best to compile our guide to the handbag styles to look for this season; from petite styles to oversized totes, these bags will see you through all of 2018 in style.
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The chain strap

Gucci

The chain strap

Gucci

Meet your new edgy, elegant essential

A neat shoulder bag with a chain strap is the epitome of ladylike elegance. In the hands of Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, however, this classic style is given a baroque twist, with oversized bows, rich embroidery or glistening metallic accents. The luxury brand’s ‘Sylvie’ style is a popular choice for women in Dubai and is just big enough to hold all the essentials. The white leather version is an edgier alternative to basic black.

Find it at: Gucci, The Dubai Mall
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 339 8576

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The Bonsai

Simon Miller

The Bonsai

Simon Miller

Practical style never looked so good

With its signature metallic double-ring handles and soft nubuck leather, Simon Miller’s ‘Bonsai’ bag is a cult favourite among fashion insiders. As its namesake botanical suggests, this diminutive style is all the proof you need that good things do indeed come in small packages – it’s just big enough for a phone, keys and cards. Pare things back to your barest essentials, and the Bonsai will make a statement from morning till night.

Find it at: Boutique 1, Mall of the Emirates
Contact Details
  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 395 1200
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The artisanal design

Gasah

The artisanal design

Gasah

Discover a new traditional twist

For Gasah Studio founder Shaikha Al Ali, the beauty is in the mix. The Emirati designer’s jewel-like handbags combine modern aesthetics with traditional Gulf art forms and techniques, such as hand-printing with henna using individual fingertips or the entire palm. The bags’ hallmark folded shape is borrowed from a traditional style of Japanese market bag called ‘Azuma Bukuro’, and is fastened with a single mother of pearl button closure.

Find it at: General.3am, d3
Contact Details
  Dubai Design District
  +971 56 874 8660

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The Pixie

Chloé

The Pixie

Chloé

Fall for its circular charms

With almost every handbag style released by Chloé going on to become a global street-style sensation, this is a safe investment to make. The latest launch from the French fashion house is the ‘Pixie’, a neat circular style that perfectly encapsulates its charming moniker. It’s toughened up with gold-toned hardware, and adds an edge to the brand’s signature boho-luxe style.

Find it at: Chloé, The Dubai Mall
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 339 8200

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The retro shopper

Courrèges

The retro shopper

Courrèges

Slay with super sleek shapes

In the Swinging Sixties, the name Courrèges was synonymous with a futuristic approach to fashion design. The French fashion house has undergone a revival over the past couple of years, as new generations discover its linear shapes and vibrant geometric prints. Embracing the look head-to-toe can be quite a commitment, but a sleek shopper tote in glossy red vinyl is an easy entrée. Stamped with the design house’s hallmark branding, it’s proof we’re still living in a Mod world.

Find it at: Boutique 1, Mall of the Emirates
Contact Details
  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 395 1200

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The eye-catching clutch

Nancy Gonzalez

The eye-catching clutch

Nancy Gonzalez

Make the ultimate style statement

Create maximum impact from a sleek and slimline clutch by seeking out eye-catching details, such as textured surfaces and electrifying neon hues. Nancy Gonzalez is the queen of the statement clutch and Harvey Nichols is the exclusive UAE destination for the brand. Slip it into your oversized tote bag if you need more space, or use it alone for a night on the town.

Find it at: Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates
Contact Details
  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 409 8888
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The tote

Annabel Ingall

The tote

Annabel Ingall

Brilliantly big on style

Every handbag wardrobe needs a capacious tote that’s as chic as it is roomy, and the ‘Isabella’ from up-and-coming Australian designer Annabel Ingall ticks all the boxes. Don’t let the oversized east-west shape fool you – the Isabella is unlined, so it’s light and easy to carry, making it perfect for a day of sightseeing or shopping in Dubai. It’s made from supple but hard-wearing grained leather with subtle metallic details, and comes in a wide variety of neutral and statement colours.

Find it at: Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 350 5333