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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.
1

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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2

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
3

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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4

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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5

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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7

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