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Monday, March 14th 2011

Spring Handbag Must-Have: Canvas & Leather

Lighten up for spring. A wardrobe full of lightweight fabrics deserves a bag with a similar sensibility. Canvas handbags anchored with touches of leather are perfect for bridging the seasons, regardless of your personal style.

Classic Prep
There’s so much more to classic canvas bags than monogrammed totes. The Rebecca Minkoff tote above sports nautical stripes and a ladylike silhouette, while Madewell’s olive and brown version (also pictured) gives off a whiff of academia. And the Tory Tote by Tory Burch is perfectly in line with the season’s predilection for pops of color.

Urban Explorer
Even if your longest expedition is a few city blocks, J.W. Hulme Co.’s rugged bags, handcrafted on the banks of the Mississippi River, will handle the slog in style. Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson takes a forward approach to this look, with canvas wrapped in a tangle of leather straps (pictured).

Downtown Chic
If the thought of swapping your leather bag for canvas scares you, look no further than Alexander Wang’s linen-and-leather Alpha Shopper Bag in black-on-black. Roomy enough for an afternoon of shopping, it’s perfect for girls who refuse to let spring’s sunny days part them from moody shades.

--Tonya

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