Bag Lady

Every woman needs her own "It Bag." Sure, magazines hawk the newest this or that in purses and totes, but regular women usually can't afford the latest multi-thousand-dollar carryall. What we can afford, on a special occasion, is something more like a $160 bag that will last a lifetime and stay ultra fashionable throughout the years. Just such a bag was created by the founders of Baggu, a Brooklyn-based company that spearheads the recyclable shopping bag movement. (With a slew of ripstop nylon shopping bags to choose from, shoppers can feel like they're making a difference at the landfill.) More recently Baggu has created a line of leather purses that will get people stopping you on the street and asking about your purse.

I have the medium size version featured here in an apricot hue. It's soft, a "go with anything" neutral color, and roomy enough for your electronics and cosmetics. It's the perfect "It Bag."

Visit baggubag.com to see the variety of spring colors.