Spring ’13 BagTrend: The East-West Bag

March 19, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Handbags


The term ‘East-West’ when it comes to handbags and totes bag technically means the bag is longer than it is tall (going East to West). Hence I suppose a bag that is taller than it is wide is a ‘North-South,’ but we are not talking about those now. What’s totally in for Spring ’13, is the East-West bag and I have been totally wild about them for a few seasons now. My obsession began with the Celine Luggage tote and then I moved on to the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli. Yet, I personally prefer a bag I can toss over my shoulder rather than carry over my wrist. So when I learned Celine makes a version of the Luggage Tote that’s bigger with longer straps they call the ‘East-West’ tote…I had my a-ha moment. I also had my new bag! An East-West bag is usually structured and can have wings, otherwise known as a trapeze bag. Oh who cares? You don’t really have to think, because I found 10 perfect East-West bags to consider:

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1. Jil Sander New Malavoglia Leather Trapeze Bag, $1760

2. Z Spoke ZAC POSEN Eartha East/West Soft Satchel, $550

3. Reed Krakoff Atlantique Mini Leather Tote, $1190

4. Furla Handbags Talma M Shopper, $299.99

5. Jérôme Dreyfuss Johan Medium Leather Trapeze Bag, $1015

6. See by Chloé April Snake-stamped Leather Trapeze Bag, $650

7. Vince Camuto’Julia’ Satchel, $248

8. Tory Burch Hannah East-West Satchel Bag, Iris, $525

9. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Zip Satchel Bag, $895

10. Celine Tricolor Bright Blue Leather & Suede Small Trapeze Bag, $3398

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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