Bags are best when function and form meet seamlessly. Nancy Gonzalez has the symbiosis down to a science. Focusing on practicality almost as much as beauty (fashion always wins this fight!), this tote has all the modern conveniences you would hope for smartly hidden in her usual minimal style. Other bag designers should take note of Nancy’s enviable ability to restrain and organize. Matte brown crocodile is eternal – hardware would detract. Side pockets on a north-to-south tote are perfect for sliding in a cell phone, and that outer flap pocket is genius! You get easy access with the security of a flap; with a gusset (slip in your wallet, kindle, whatever) it’s almost like having a whole separate bag on the outside. And it doesn’t look awkward in the least. Man snob in your life? This dark color and masculine texture makes it great for men as well – don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 19! At Bergdorf Goodman for $3,750.
Pair with: You’ll probably end up keeping it for yourself! In that case, lighten up with a Frugal Snob-approved silk crepe de chine blouse from J. Crew. Slate-gray is formal, short sleeves are not: the right hybrid to take this tote through spring. On Net-a-Porter for $88.