When it comes to globetrotting, a bigger bag definitely seems like the better choice. Still, that doesn't mean you need to limit yourself to sensible (ahem, predictable) totes and duffles. All that matters is that your chosen travel companion is as roomy as possible! In case you'd really rather not carry a microscopic sling around, below, we've jotted down a list of six high-end, celeb-approved choices that will gladly accompany you 'round the world and dutifully carry their weight. Literally.
1. Dior Book Tote
This one's perhaps the youngest, currently most popular pick of the bunch. We've already called that this'll be the next notch on your wish list, and you've got the backing of these equally smitten girls. Introduced on the brand’s Spring-Summer 2018 runway, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri immersed herself in the house's legendary archives to find inspiration from a drawing produced by Marc Bohan in 1967 to create the Dior Book Tote. Heritage meets function.
Dr. Aivee Teo and Julia Barretto think it's a great bud for both airport layovers and quick overnight staycations! And if you're a total sucker for anything personalized, you can even get your name emblazoned on it as an extra cute, custom touch.
2. Chanel Classic Flap
We're talking the Jumbo size here. Only a teeny tiny number of bags are truly, completely worthy of the word "timeless," and one of them is–drumroll, please!–the Chanel Classic Flap, a.k.a the revered 2.55, famously named for its February 1955 creation date. We have a crowned winner, folks! Available in a myriad of colors, sizes, and textures, it's overwhelmingly enduring, universally loved, and near unrivaled. It's the investment piece of investment pieces. You've desired it in single and double-tongued iterations, in quilted caviar leather and chevron lambskin, in funky tweed and rainbow tinted PVC, in hues ranging the full spectrum from blindingly vibrant to no-nonsense sombre. Oh, and it pairs flawlessly with both winter and summer 'fits! You're certainly not alone in lust—check out Pia Wurtzbach and Kelsey Merritt flaunting theirs in polar opposite seasons.
3. Hermès Birkin
If you're not the type to be too precious about a purse that costs—give, or take—half a million pesos, then the Hermès Birkin is for you. It's the ultimate toss-and-go but make it ultra-luxe piece: A 2017 study has revealed that the Birkin has grown in value about 14% every year since its creation, and an eye-popping 500% in the last 35 years. That's enough to make us want to invest! This eternally coveted icon got its name from Parisian muse and British actress Jane Birkin. Created in 1984, its existence was a famous accident, the product of a fated encounter between Jane and former Hermès head Jean-Louis Dumas on an Air France flight from Paris to London in the early '80s.
Jane was sitting next to the chief executive, and as she struggled to arrange her things before takeoff, the contents of her wicker picnic basket haphazardly spilled out. A mess, but one with a happy ending: Jean-Louis couldn't help suggesting she needed a bag with pockets, and this sparked a conversation about her ideal accessory. The most charming bit? Jean-Louis actually first sketched the purse on an inflight paper air sickness pouch! As Jane fondly recounted to The Telegraph in 2012, the pair ended up doodling her specifications for “a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller than Serge [Gainsbourg]’s suitcase.” Legendary. Now that's productive airtime.
4. Gucci Ophidia GG Shoulder Bag
Certified style stars Bea Alonzo and Liz Uy may have a number of assets in common—naturally great style and enviable closets among them—right now, though, our favorite thing they share has to be their mutual mate. Meet the Gucci Ophidia GG Shoulder Bag they love! Bea's taken hers on a jaunt to Norway, while Liz took her own around chilly Denmark.
Boasting of a leather top handle and detachable guitar-esque long strap, it's crafted in ebony and beige monogrammed canvas inlaid with the Italian label's signature green and red Web stripe. If we're talking logos, according to its official product description, it's also punctuated by a petite play on the Double G, an archival house code from the '70s that appears atop a sleek tab detail and on the zipper pull. Make it yours for $2150 (around P111,060).