Luxury purses

Prada Nappa Fringe Convertible ToteOn paper, this Prada Nappa Fringe Convertible Tote sounds lovely: black fringed nappa leather, double leather handles, detachable leather cross-body strap, Prada logo.

But then there’s the reality of the bag, which, quite frankly, conjures up images of a furry dog, an person’s head, or, worse, Cher. Fringe is just so hard to pull off, even for a master like Miucchia Prada. I’d have to pass on this tote – which is fortunate for me, considering it comes with a US$2,450 price tag.

Alexander McQueen Mini Novak 2 Tone BagAlexander McQueen Mini Novak 2 Tone Bag

Funky takes on a whole new meaning when translated by Alexander McQueen. The oft-rebellious, uncompromising designer is as fresh and inspired as ever with Alexander McQueen Mini Novak 2-Tone Bag.

Purple in some lights, turquoise in others, but usually flashing both, this little treat is as chic as a bag can get. A skull key ring – unusual on anything else – looks right at home, adding an edgy detail to an already fierce bag. Great for late nights, parties and simply to show off to your goth pals, the Mini Novak 2 Tone Bag might be small – but it’s got the spirit and personality of a real powerhouse. Available for US$1,339 at brownsfashion.com.

Paul Smith Isobel HandbagPaul Smith Isobel Handbag

Paul Smith may be best known for his cheeky men’s fashions, but he certainly knows how to design a great handbag. This Isobel handbag is stylish yet playful, thanks to its bright yellow hue and the quilted swirl pattern of its soft grained leather.

Other features include rolled leather handles, brass hardware, a zipped opening with cheerful yellow leather pulls, and cotton-candy-pink lining. This would make a great addition to your spring or summer wardrobe – it’s an instant mood-lifter. Available for S$2,270

Moschino Washed Buff Shoulder BagMoschino Washed Buff Shoulder Bag

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach a new bag old tricks. Par example: The Moschino Washed Buff Shoulder Bag, which comes in white or dark brown washed buffed (sounds like a car wash, no?) leather.

I love, love, love the aged, vintage-y look, and the leather is irresistibly smooth.

Marc Jacobs Quilted Zip Clutch

And the details are perfectly subtle – just a light touch of gold hardware so the leather can really stand out. This is a great everyday bag – stylish but not overly flashy at the flashy price of S$1,910.

Marc Jacobs Quilted Zip Clutch

A punch of vivid colour dominates the Marc Jacobs Quilted Zip Clutch.

In fresh shades like plum and truffle, this little handheld is more than capable of holding its own against larger, more spacious bags.

In fact, the Quilted Zip Clutch is ideal when you’d rather carry just the bare minimum and forget about that clunker loaded down with change, receipts, gum wrappers and cosmetics that probably haven’t seen daylight in months.

Both hues are gorgeous, but I’m partial to a splash of cool colour like plum. It instantly brightens up even the simplest of outfits. Available for US$450 at eluxury.com.