Grande bags and shoppers
Let’s start with the big guns. Hermès’ original Birkin design, now known as the Travel Birkin, harks back to the large luggage-style bags that were popular at the start of the 20th century. Measuring 40 centimetres across, it’s capacious enough to carry a capsule wardrobe for a weekend away – as Hermès themselves say, ‘the contents of a house could fit inside this piece’! For one step down, try a Birkin 35 or 2424 in 35 – both 35 centimetres wide (a useful point of clarity to note in the Hermès naming system), they’re perfect for fitting in all the essentials for a busy day.
The Bottega Veneta Cabat is another iconic style in this size range. First launched in 2001, it champions the artisanal intrecciato-style weave that is the house’s signature. Cabat shoppers are unlined, handwoven and completely seamless – a masterpiece of craftsmanship and understated luxury. We love this transparent PVC CABAT – a directional take on a classic.
Introduced in 2018 by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Dior Book Tote is one of the newest supers – and already incredibly popular. A sharp square shape emblazoned with the brand’s logo, it measures a roomy 41 centimetres in width, making it ideal for travelling, and comes in an enticing array of different colours and patterns. Like the Cabat, it has no zippers, pockets or fastenings.
Alexandra says: I generally associate large bags with practicality and ask myself: Can I fit two outfits in there and my cosmetics? Does my laptop fit in there? How will I move with it? A 35 BIRKIN or a BOTTEGA TOTE can become your best friend because it can hold all the things you need: think diary, phone, charger, keys, wallet, tablet, some cosmetics, etc…It’s the ultimate comfort always having these things around. You just have to keep in mind that you will be carrying it, too.