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BEST Handbags

2016 BEST Handbags

Alan Bilzerian


Ready to move beyond the little LVs and Gs? Pay a visit to Alan Bilzerian’s Newbury Street storefront. Together with his daughter Harley, the sophisticated shop owner has curated a collection of handbags and accessories you won’t find anywhere else,… read more»

2010 BEST Handbags, Designer

Meichi Peng, Meichi Peng Design Studio


Interior designer turned handbag couturier Meichi Peng doesn’t do “it” bags. Each handsewn Italian calfskin creation is made with classic and moderndetails—like contrasting outer lining and decorative zippers—so it’s sure to be around long after that PS 1 bag goes… read more»

2010 BEST Handbags


Newton Highlands

While other retailers stay home and (literally) phone in their orders, LuxCouture owner Sari Brown hits the European circuit to source the next obsessed-over bag. She built a business on being first, introducing customers to new shoulder bags, clutches, and… read more»

2009 BEST Handbags


Newton Highlands

The era of the mass-hyped, massively obvious It-bag is over (Arrivederci, Fendi baguette! Au revoir, Vuitton bowling bag!), clearing the way for the kinds of expertly crafted, anti-status designs that are Sari Brown’s stock in trade. Having built a global… read more»

2008 BEST Handbags, West


Newton Highlands

Time was, Sari Brown’s designer handbag mecca LuxCouture displayed its wallet-emptying wares only on its website. That all changed last fall with the opening of her temporary showroom, where at last devotees could actually put their hands on that Michael… read more»

2008 BEST Handbags, Status

Gretta Luxe


Experienced “It bag” hunters know better than to play retail roulette, sifting through shelves upon shelves of mediocrity at department stores (or through pages upon pages of it online) in hopes of coming up a winner. Instead, they make tracks… read more»

2006 BEST Handbags

Neiman Marcus

Boston, Natick

Normally, we prefer to buy local. But every girl’s got her weakness. Neiman carries more (and better) totes, clutches, hobos, and purses by Isabella Fiore, Prada, Fendi, and Chanel than any other store. read more»

2000 BEST Handbags



Kate Spade may have cornered the market on corduroy and seersucker, but Matsu continues to introduce Bostonians to cutting-edge bag designers from both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it’s Australia’s Annabel Ingall, Paris’ Apres Midi de Chien, New York’s Ro,… read more»

1999 BEST Handbags

Kate Spade


These boxy little numbers are still on the hip list. The Kate Spade store, which opened last year, showcases the latest handbag designs in fabrics as diverse as silk shantung, woven wicker, canvas, and leather; it’s the label every well-manicured… read more»

1989 BEST Handbags



Casual and reasonably priced leather goods produced in South America from European designs. In a class of its own. read more»