Staff Picks for Summer Handbags

Now that I have covered customer reviews, I thought it would be appropriate to look at products from a different angle……to look at luggage, briefcases, handbags etc. from the perspective of the buyer.  Buyers are at the front lines of retail……..they eat, drink and breathe the merchandise we buy……and with each of their buying successes comes a greater sense of what people need and desire. Buyers are a great source for determining the best products within a category and are very knowledgeable about the products they sell, a wonderful source to tap into.  So today begins a series of blog articles on “Staff Picks”……..starting with summer handbags.

Renee, our chief handbag buyer, certainly has her favorites, she has chosen a bag from each of Irv’s Luggage‘ primary handbag lines: Harveys Seatbeltbags, Dooney & Bourke Handbags, Hilary Radley Handbags and Tano Handbags:

Harveys Seatbeltbags Berkeley Bucket Bag is her favorite summer choice of the Harvey Seatbelt Bags. Offered in great neutral tones, Tree Cycle and Black, these bags can go with just about every outfit you own.  The big slouchy design of the handbag, makes it the perfect bag to fit all your summer gear in, while still having a great sense of style while shopping, hitting the beach or accompanying your girlfriends for a fun night on the town.  Harveys Seatbelt Berkely Bucket is a great all around summer handbag, and super sturdy to boot!!!

Dooney & Bourke Cork Collection Pocket Satchel in Hot Pink Renee loves everything about this Dooney & Bourke handbag.  First she loves the versatile ways the handbag can be held; either carried by the handles over your forearm or shoulder or even as a cross-body bag with the adjustable leather strap that comes on each and every bag.  She loves the convenient outside pockets for easy access to keys and cell phones and the large interior space to help organize any women’s crazy amount of personal items. The bright pink color is absolutely the best color for summer and will add punch to all your favorite summer outfits.

Hilary Radley Metric Hobo, Hilary Radley is one of the newest additions to our handbag lines and her bags have really gained momentum during the spring and  summer handbag season.  Renee’s favorite the Metric Hobo comes in sharp metallic colors, pewter and champagne, wonderful neutral tones with a lively fashionable feel.  Once again a larger bag, capable of fitting all ones “stuff”  into with a trendy hobo design with the much needed outside zipper pocket. Hilary Radley’s parachute nylon handbags are super lightweight and very affordable, the other two reasons they made Renee’s favorite list, check them out today!!!

Tano Handbags Boogie Bucket in Clementine, as you can tell Renee loves big colorful handbags, and the Tano Boogie Bucket in Clementine is no exception.  What Renee loves about Tano handbags is the distressed nature of the leather.  Rich gorgeous tones with a worn look, like your favorite pair of jeans.  She loves how Tano takes these stunning colors and adds the dark thick strappy leather handles to add contrast to the handbag.  The drop down length of the straps is perfect for the shoulder or forearm. The Clementine is not only a great summer color, it also can be worn right into autumn as well!!!  Tano Handbags “the epitome of fashion and function”.

Check out Renee’s favorite’s and all the other fabulous handbags at Irv’s Luggage today!!



Margaret has lived, studied and worked in Rome, Italy and Paris, France; she has also traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa and North America. Margaret currently resides with her husband and two sons in downtown Chicago.

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