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Every season a handful of designer bags cut through the noise and officially reach It-bag level. But the ever elusive, always exclusive element of “It” doesn’t come easily. To reach cult-fave status, a purse usually has to have the perfect combination of a loyal celeb following and Instagram ubiquity with a hefty price tag thrown in for good measure.
This summer, however, the It-bag has been redefined and democratized thanks to one small bucket bag that’s timeless and trendsetting. Ladies, allow us to introduce you to the STAUD Bissett Bucket Bag ($350), AKA the perfect little number to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall without skipping a stylish beat or blowing your budget.
STAUD was founded in downtown Los Angeles in 2015 by Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto as a way to bring no nonsense, high style to the masses. Their line of clean, modern classics offers up total wearability with a dash of nostalgia resulting in an Insta-worthy collection — which makes sense considering that Staudinger is the former Fashion Director of Reformation. The best part? STAUD is committed to creating collections that are financially accessible to the contemporary working woman with a strong sense of style.
Now, back to the bag. Sure, you could argue that any handbag spotted on the arm of celebs like Alexa Chung, Dakota Fanning, and Leandra Medine deserves your attention, but we prefer to concentrate on the quality craftsmanship. Made from supple calf leather and fully lined in suede, each petite purse comes with a detachable cross-body strap for adjustable length and a features a drawstring closure to ensure your goods stay put. Opt for classic shades like whiskey, black, Bordeaux, and cognac or play up the of end-of-summer vibes in colors like light blue, pink, or canvas.
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