A black satchel is the essential handbag, but I prefer one with a little something extra. That simple barrel tote may be a classic, but a bag with an interesting shape, texture, or style is better than basic.
This seamed tote has an architectural shape and clean lines. If you like that, this Limited metal accent satchel and their tall work tote have a modern look. I also like this Ivanka Trump flap satchel that bring the best of the Hermes Kelly bag to the 21st century.
Prefer the easy basics? This H&M bag bridges the gap between handbag and briefcase. This Steve Madden bag has the traditional satchel shape in a textured leather. And if you’re looking for the ultimate basic, try this dome satchel from Express for a very affordable $41.