Whether you’re heading back to work or gearing up for an adventure, finding the best bags is all about matching your needs with the right styles. BAG DIGEST cheap throw-away pieces, the best designer bags hold their value and can be worn season after season—and often for years after that.
That’s why our team of editors (including Commerce Editor Emily Cieslak and Writer Bianca Kratky) have gathered the best bags that will stand the test of time. A combination of new hero pieces that have excited style experts and timeless pieces that have remained staples for good reason, the bags you’ll find in this edit will be your wardrobe’s most reliable companions.
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The key to finding the perfect bag for your needs lies in the material you choose. Leather is a no-brainer, especially when it’s treated with a water repellant finish. But if you want something more sustainable and durable, consider canvas—particularly if it’s waxed or coated. Nylon and raffia are also options that hold their shape and resist water-sensitive items, too.
For example, this tote from Dagne Dover “meets all the needs” of high-school assistant principal Jade Stenger, who uses it to carry her digital camera, folders for work and school papers, snacks for the kids, and a travel coffee tumbler. The neutral shade will match all her outfits, too. Plus, the sturdy hardware and clean lines make it a great investment piece. Rarity is another factor to consider—bags with limited edition colorways and collections can see their prices increase as demand dwindles.