The five handbags every woman needs

Whether we opt for a functional piece or use it to make a statement, the relationship between a woman and her handbag is nothing short of a love affair.

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Enter the new Handbag Courtyard at Williams & Griffin Colchester, the latest phase of the store’s £30m redevelopment. With extended ranges from Mulberry, DKNY, Coach, Ted Baker and Longchamp and new collections from Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, Aspinal of London, Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Minkoff and McQ Alexander McQueen, the department gives customers the largest selection of handbags in the region.

If the concept is too overwhelming, don't worry - we combed through the new courtyard to pick out the five handbags every woman needs on her arm (and in her life) this season...

Aspinal of London


A newcomer to the handbag department, Aspinal of London's Monochrome Marylebone Tech tote is cleverly designed for the busy woman. Handmade from Italian calf leather with a top handle, this tote also gives you the option to charge your device on the go - it boasts internal pockets for iPads or mobile phones and is able to carry the optional Aspinal of London Tech Charger Pack which gives you the freedom to charge any USB device from inside your tote at any time.


Aspinal of London Marylebone Monochrome Tote, £895



If you haven't yet been introduced to the Coach Swagger family of bags, be prepared to have your world changed. With a spacious interior and polished pebble leather, the Coach Swagger sits comfortably over the shoulder no matter your outfit. Its magnetic snap closure, inside zip and cell phone pockets ensure your items all have a safe place, while the red adds a much-needed pop of colour to your winter wardrobe.


Coach Swagger Tote in Black Cherry, £375




Nail boho-chic with the extra-soft Freya Hobo bag, which has an adjustable shoulder trap and additional removable cross-body strap to allow for numerous style options. Made of goat-printed calf leather, this minimalistic yet elegant bag is the versatile piece your outfits are asking for.



Mulberry Freya in Taupe, £795



Add a burst of colour to your wardrobe with the bright blue Le Pliage Héritage handbag from Longchamp, as eye-catching as it is luxurious. This mini-size shoulder bag is practical and sophisticated, with a detachable shoulder strap, contrasting trims and gold finishes to show off the craftsmanship of the brand. Whether you carry it over your shoulder, across your body or in your hand, this stunning structured bag is a modern classic. 


Longchamp Pliage Heritage in Blue, £625

Rebecca Minkoff


Go bold with this petite take on the classic M.A.C clutch from showstopper designer Rebecca Minkoff, another new brand to the courtyard. Made with genuine leather, this handbag is sleek yet functional - the perfect size to store your phone, keys, wallet and makeup - and can be worn on your shoulder or across your body with its adjustable chain strap.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C Crossbody in Fuchsia, £170

All items are available at Williams & Griffin Colchester.

By Alison Millington