We always go shopping for new handbags with friends. Who better to help us decide between patent leather or matte? That’s why we called upon the ultimate handbag experts, Tina Craig and Kelly Cook, founders of the bag-obsessed website BagSnob.com, to help us with our latest Shop-A-Matic. The Bag Snobs sorted through hundreds of handbags for men and women, and narrowed down their favorites into 160 must-see options. The range is extensive, spanning from Uniqlo totes for $16 to Oscar de la Renta’s metallic-python hobo for $4,950. And with so many to choose from, already approved by your friends here, you’re sure to find your next handbag hit. Check out Bag Snob’s top five picks after the jump.
Editor’s Satchel by J. Crew
Why BagSnob likes it: “An understated nude-colored bag will be the most versatile item in our bag wardrobe. The chain gives it a luxe touch without breaking the bank.”
Calfskin Hobo by Tod’s
Why BagSnob likes it: “The sumptuous calfskin hobo from Tod’s is a sensible staple to splurge on. It’s roomy, stylish, has hidden pockets, and it’s easy to tote. We’ll use this daily, everywhere.”
Franklin Messenger by Club Monaco
Why BagSnob likes it: “We love the simple yet functional construction of this bag; the leather is super soft, which makes us want to dive in and take a nice nap in it.”
Daniel Carry On by Leonello Borghi
Why BagSnob likes it: “This is a sleek and chic men’s bag for both work and play. Even though it’s impractically white, style trumps function in this case.
Violet Satchel by Botkier
Why BagSnob likes it: “A metallic bag is always on trend, but toned down with rich brown leather it will go from day to night effortlessly. We love the subtle pleating and leather strap detail.”
Shop-A-Matic: Spring 2009 Handbags