There is no way around it; it has been, is and always will be the quintessential accessory to any women’s (and now, our menfolk are in on the action too) wardrobe - than a handbag. Or, in the case of our male counterparts, the manbag.

Functional, statement-making and the perfect way to tie up an entire look, these exquisite, moving works of art have been a staple to the well-healed and fashion-forward brigade since time in memoriam. To help you find your piece of style heaven, we’ve created this guide to help you look, like you’re in the know.

Ladies First

You could be in nothing more than a simple black number for an evening out, but with the right handbag, you’ll make a statement that says more about you in a few seconds than you could communicate verbally.

Here are our top five ladies handbags on JewelStreet.

Vegan Silk Black Kutch Evening Clutch Bag - Siyana London £40

We LOVE this vegan silk black kutch evening clutch bag by Siyana London. Made in Kutch, a region of Gujarat in India, a region long celebrated for its art and craft industries. Lovingly made with exquisite attention to detail and brilliant colour, it is the perfect addition to a svelte, monochrome dress or pants suit. It can flip effortlessly between daytime chic and evening elegance.

Siyana is based in London, but drawing inspiration from the hamlet after its namesake in India, they nurture and cultivate the talents of skilled artisans and bring their produce to the world stage.

Red Springbok Leather Bag - JUAN-JO Gallery £206

This stunning red Springbok leather handbag is going to be the talking point of your night out. When it comes to making statements, you’re going to have to work hard to beat this one. Ethically sourced from African farms and painstakingly handcrafted in ateliers under master supervision, you can rest assured that your acquisition is not just uniquely made but beautifully crafted.

A magnetic button makes for easy access, and closure and this bag can be worn either as a clutch or a shoulder bag.

Iconic Bag Antique Gold - AUDREY ALEXANDRE £1,143

Ever heard the saying, “there are moments that leave you breathless, then there are moments that take your breath away”? Now you’re talking. There are few moments where you get to claim a singular moment and make it all yours. This piece fits into the latter.

This handcrafted couture piece by Audrey Alexandre combines the skilful and meticulous attention to detail that only the finest stylists and fashionistas can muster. Gorgeous linings with a solid base and expertly crafted shoulder strap make this the ultimate compliment to an inviting gown and a stellar night out.

Half Moon Leather Wristlet in Green - Pacha £28

This half-moon wrist clutch by Pacha is simply divine. Big enough for your credit cards and cash, small enough to accompany your travels across the city without getting in the way of anything. It’s the perfect accessory to just about any daytime suit or outfit and looks super stylish with a silk top and designer denim, complete the look with killer heels, and you’ll mean business.

3-in-1 Hot Pink Bag Organizer | Furry - POP BAG £49

When you know, you know, and with this absolutely fabulous piece by Pop Bag, make no mistake - everyone else will know too! Stunningly crafted with a gold shoulder chain and pink furry exterior, dress up a simple evening dress or create an eye-catching daytime statement with tailored jeans, impossibly high heels and a wrap-around top.

You’ll love it! It’s a 3-in-one piece that’s versatile while still being entirely unique.

Gentlemen, you’re up

Gents, when it comes to stepping out in style, the girls’ days getting all the action are long gone. Now, you get to design your statement and look precisely the way you’d like to, and that extends to striking an “I mean business” pose at the office or an equally striking statement at night. For the man about town, we’ve got the manbag that’s going to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Lasticbag Art Leather Shopper - EVA D. £159

We start with this urban leather shopper by Studio Eva D. The Netherlands-based designer has a skilful art with leather and crafts awesome bags that fit your laptop and your lifestyle.

It flips effortlessly from day to night for a casual style with heaps of personality.

'Jupiter' Leather Tote in Navy - Pacha £160

The Jupiter leather tote by Pacha is a firm favourite. Versatile, stylish with a clear masculine line, this bag will finish off a perfect wintertime look with a camel cashmere coat, jeans and crisp white dress shirt.

It has an adjustable and detachable strap, and your laptop will fit snuggly and safely.

Brown Designer Leather Backpack - Mtask Leather Craft £105

You will love this. This handcrafted “looks like leather” backpack by Mtask LeatherCraft out of India proves this nation’s longstanding tradition of quality and skilled craftsmanship. Crafted out of synthetic leather, you’ll get the look and feel of fine leatherwear without any ethical issues on the side. Win-win. 

Black and Teal Leather Hip Belt - Naytures Empire £101

Not for the faint of heart, this black and teal leather hip belt from Naytures Empire in the United States is a statement piece all on its own. Boots, jeans, leather jacket, and white V-neck T will create a super sexy, stylish and fashion-forward look that means business.

It will fit an I-phone 12 plus and has smaller pockets inside as well. Big enough for your cards and cash, it’s one of those accessories you’ll wonder why you never knew about before.

Rollitbag Classic Grey | Small - MEES £189

You are never going to fall out of love with this piece by Dutch design studio MEES.

They have a real passion for craftmanship and handmade quality design and manufacture. Using only the finest leather for their individually crafted backpacks, their superior quality will seamlessly fit your wardrobe, and this piece can work with just about anything.

We love the versatility, but we adore the style and the look.

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