When a long-awaited holiday is over, the suitcases unpacked and real life resumed, thoughts typically turn to updating our back-to-work wardrobes. And there’s nothing like a box-fresh bag to breathe new life into an office look.
While the Bottega Veneta clutch undoubtedly reigned supreme during Couture week in June, a handful of workwear-perfect contemporary brands continue to crop up on the street style scene, too. With polished finishes, distinctive accents and (at least in some cases) relatively accessible price points, they’re the perfect starting point in your search for a new work bag – and sure to lift your mood even more than your morning coffee.
Hong Kong-based label Cafuné, the brainchild of friends Queenie Fan and Day Lau, is fast becoming known for its elegant pastel pieces. The Egg (£352) makes a smart addition to any AW19 wardrobe.
Launched in New York in 2006, Hunting Season had the seal of approval from Sarah Harris when it finally landed in the UK last year. The bags, summed up as “reassuringly weighty with heritage” by British Vogue‘s deputy editor, have been spotted dangling from the shoulders of other street style stars including Lauren Santo Domingo, and the structured shapes add office appeal.
For vintage-inspired handbags, Zofia Chylak has won over fashion insiders with her modern take on timeless classics. The Polish designer trained at Proenza Schouler before setting up Chylak in 2014, and has built such a reputation that there’s now a waiting list for this season’s croc-effect saddle bag (from £265) – we suggest you sign up.
You might have spotted Danse Lente’s (slow dance in French) signature gold D-locks on the arms of fashion editors, doing the rounds at the AW19 shows back in February. Founded by London-based designer Youngwon Kim, the Johnny bucket bag (from £325) is a super stylish carry-all for everyday essentials. The black lends itself easily to workwear, while the neon versions offer a bolder, brighter take.