Which style of bag you choose depends on the occasion: a canvas messenger is perfect for university lectures, a slick leather work bag for the office and a carry-all for those long anticipated weekend trips. The right bag does wonders for one's over-all look, and so do the ones I'm about to show you.
Let's start with some nice messenger bags.
The first one is an amazing piece by Marc by Marc Jacobs. The Sam Bag (p.n.d.) from his S/S09 collection is a high-quality camel-coloured leather bag, with a very original silver handle. This bag can easily double as a work bag as the strap is removable. A great vintage look, and a total must-have for this season.
If leather isn't really your thing, Diesel has a cool messenger in nylon with an original imprint and loads of extra pockets so you can stuff everything from a laptop or chewing gum to your courses in it. Sturdy, rain-proof and young, and not too pricey at €130.
I really like this next one. It has an old-school Cambridge or Harvard vibe to it, and I can imagine feeling a little bit smarter just by carrying it around campus. A classic satchel in granulated dark brown leather, stylish and timeless. By Burberry (£550), of course.
On to the bigger weekenders, I commence with this retro ivy-coloured holdall by Fred Perry, a total buy (£45) plus it emanates a cool London vibe. Made out of nylon, looks like leather. This bag won't mind taking a little battering, so if you're not the careful type this one's what you're looking for. Oh, and a little style update: Fred Perry's currently selling a limited edition line in collaboration with the great Belgian designer Raf Simons. Vibrant and edgy colours, and African-inspired textures. Go check it out on the Fred Perry website!
This military-style weekend bag by Yves Saint Laurent ($1995) is very masculine and straight-forward. Expect no fuss with this one, and that's what's so great about it. Effortlessly stylish and practical, Stefano Pilati has truly captured YSL's modus operandi.
And last on the list is this incredibly vast yet sophisticated holdall (p.n.d.) out of the S/S09 Marc by Marc Jacobs line. Large enough to transport your entire wardrobe and a few small babies, this bag's ideal for the longer holidays. Everyone will give you jealous looks as you pluck this puppy off the conveyor belt at the baggage claim, and that's exactly what we're going for.
But seriously, don't put any babies in there.