Keep it handy

Published: 31 October, 2012 10:49 IST | Ruchika Kher |

After the famous Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, Seoul in South Korea recently opened a musuem dedicated to handbags, with over 300 bags on display, reminding us of our ongoing love affair with the product that isn't just an essential but has also assumed the position of a measure of style. Taking a cue from this, Ruchika Kher scouted for handbags that are worth a dekko and boast of potential to make heads turn when you step out

Get into zulu mode
This bag by accessory designer Malini Agarwalla is from her collection called Kwazulu, which is inspired by all facets of the land of the Zulus ( Zulu Kingdom, sometimes referred to as the Zulu Empire was a monarchy in Southern Africa). this one’s a chic, vibrant pick.
At:Malaga, third floor, Palladium, Lower Parel.
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Left, Right, Left...
Winter months are not far away and this military style blue tote will make the cold months bright for you. Stylish and totally in vogue, this handbag is a must-have this season.
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On the move
Not just women, even men today prefer to sport bags that not just help them carry their stuff around (read laptops) but also complete their look, especially the fashion-conscious, globe-trotting corporate kinds. This bag fuses style, substance and finesse to create the most practical carry-ons /carry-all.
At: Louis Philippe, Linking Road, Bandra West.

Lady in red
Christened the Via Veneto sling purse, this bag is perfect with a casual look. With its bright bold red colour, the bag will lend an edge to the overall look.
At: Hidesign, shop no 30/B, opposite Rotary Centre, Juhu Tara Road.
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The Amsterdam connect
The Museum of Bags and Purses located in Amsterdam (Netherlands) is a museum devoted to historic handbags, and purses. The museum’s collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 16th century. At first, the museum existed in two rooms of a villa in Amstelveen, but as the collection grew, a new location was scouted. Since June 2007, the museum is located in a 17th century patrician house at the Herengracht, Amsterdam’s most prestigious canal.

Visitors looking at purses and bags displayed at the museum in Amsterdam. PIc/ AFP

The world in your bag
These travel bags made with genuine leather and designed with a digitally printed canvas are apt when you want to carry your world with you. Big and trendy, these bags will definitely increase your style quotient.
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The handy guide
Dos and Don’ts for the chic handbag
>> If you are a petite, try not to carry a bag that is too large in proportion.
>> Try to not match your purse exactly with your outfit.
>>Use it as an accessory to accent your look.
-Courtesy accessory designer Payal Kothari

Pink possession
Accessory designer Pinky Saraf has designed this intricately carved deep pink clutch, which will rake in the attention at night dos.
At: Aza (Altamount Road), Chamomile (Palladium, Lower Parel).
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Oranges and all that
It’s bright. It’s shocking. It’s high on fashion. This bag has the potential to make even an ordinary outfit look hip. Ideal for both day and night events, you won’t think twice before splurging on this beauty. 
At: T Audelade, unit no 2, first floor, Skyzone, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
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