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Life without logos part 3: shoulder bags

Shoulder bags are a tough category for me: I like classic shapes—or interesting twists on classic shapes– with minimal adornments. And  designers seem to love nothing more than to junk up a shoulder bag. Also, it can’t be too small: even just  if I’m leaving the house just for a few hours, I do not travel light. This hobo by  Pour La Victoire is plenty big—and in fact bigger than I usually go—but its shape is quite sculptural and clean, which keeps you from looking all shleppy when you’re carrying it.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more classic take on the hobo shape than this one.

I am wild about JW Hulme, which commenter Sarah pointed me to after I posted about the difficulty of finding a good saddlebag. Is this not perfection?

Also from JW Hulme: this bucket shape, which is very old school and European and I’ve-had-this-for-years.

This Steven Alan bag wins the versatility sweepstakes. I could see wearing it to work every day, and still thinking it was cool enough for running around on the weekend.


I am not nuts about a lady bag—they’re just not so much my thing. But this one from DVF is refined enough for when one needs something on the grown-up side, but still so playful in the blue.

Doctor’s bags can be cute, but they always feel so unwieldy to me: this one has such a nice, soft shape, though.

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Posted on October 19th, 2012 4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. Jane says:

    Coolest logo-less bag


    I just can’t figure out whether the strap is long enough to go over my shoulder and their pr/marketing people won’t return my Emails!

  2. Audrey says:

    Drool…these are gorgeous.

    I just bought this Sam Edelman tote (not handbag) for work and it’s pretty close to being logo free:

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  3. ita darling says:

    Thank you for doing the life without logos series.. i LOVE the givenchy pandora bag, but after owning one for a few months, even the tiny little givenchy plaque just made me feel so self concious that i sold it.. i just want great design.

  4. Muireann says:

    I’m really appreciating this logo-free series; obvious logos make me v. uncomfortable, so thank you. Adding my candidate: Marc Labat, because their logo bar (lower corner) is teeny and discreet. My everyday bag for the past year has been this big slouchy one: