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BEST Handbags

2010 BEST Handbags

LuxCouture

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»

2010 BEST Handbags, Designer
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Meichi Peng, Meichi Peng Design Studio

Boston

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»

2009 BEST Handbags
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Luxcouture

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
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LuxCouture

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
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Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

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
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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

Matsu

Boston

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»

1989 BEST Handbags

Solo

Boston

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