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Kristin Booker • July 29, 2013

Object of Desire: Hayden-Harnett Wyeth Tote

Hayden-Harnett Wyeth Tote in Oxblood. Image courtesy of Hayden-Harnett.

Hayden-Harnett Wyeth Tote in Oxblood. Image courtesy of Hayden-Harnett.

I’m a easy target for a great carryall handbag. If it looks like I can run away from home without looking like, you know, I’m running away from home, then it pretty much seals the deal for me. New Yorkers and busy women everywhere have to perform “Le Grand Schlep” every day, where whatever is on your person is pretty much all you’ve got with you for the day. There is no I’ll-just-run-home-and-get-that when you live in a major market. You pack it in and hope for the best. It’s the reason you can still buy toothbrushes, condoms, black tights and umbrellas at any bodega/neighborhood market in the five boroughs: we’re chicks and we need stuff.

Which is why this bag had me at hello, to be honest. I’m a big fan of Hayden-Harnett, a gorgeous, super-cool line of clothes and accessories. This bag was pitched to me as a chic alternative to a diaper bag, and if that’s the route you want to take, I fully support it. For those of us who are sans offspring, this is a great bag to hold all your essentials without suddenly looking like you’re moving to a new apartment via the subway. The oxblood color is very 70’s cool and the shape is pretty much timeless, which means you won’t have to worry about investing in this bag and then you get the Fashion Hand (“Oh, gurl, that bag is so 2012!”) in a month.

It also has a crossbody strap in addition to double handles, which means you can go from ladylike over-the-bent-elbow to I-have-to-catch-that-cab-MOVE-MISTER in under 5 seconds flat.

It’s a good investment. I’m thinking Fashion Week for me. How about you?

Hayden-Harnett Wyeth Tote, $698, available via Hayden-Harnett.

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