Accessories really are the key to a perfect wardrobe. The right ones can round out a fit, tie elements together, and bring a sense of personality to otherwise mundane ensembles. Bags are the undisputed king of accessories, if you didn’t already know, thanks to their utility. While upgrading your look, they also mean you don’t need to stuff your pockets with snacks, lip salve, keys, phones, and the like. But, with unpredictable weather and wet surfaces about to take hold, leather bags are the only type you should be eyeballing.

Hard-wearing and waterproof, leather bags really come into their prime during fall and winter. Of course, there’s a wealth of technical backpacks and totes out there that offer waterproof builds but they can’t match leather bags for versatility. Whether you’re dressing up or down, a good leather bag will slot nicely into your look, and with a range of types and sizes, our selection proves that there’s one for every wardrobe.

Unisex styling is becoming more and more prevalent, but it’s rarely more applicable than with bags. These genderless accessories from Harvey Nichols are a great entry point for exploring what’s out there in unisex style.

Shop the best leather bags for winter below.

Kassl Editions Pillow Shoulder Bag

Pillow Shoulder Bag

Pillow Shoulder Bag

$380

Kassl Editions

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Kassl Editions is best known for its clean waterproof coats so it's a trustworthy place to start your search for a winter bag. The Pillow Bag is cut from patent leather with an unusual creased texture to catch eyes.

Balenciaga Leather Crossbody Bag

Leather Crossbody Bag

Leather Crossbody Bag

$795

Balenciaga

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Balenciaga offers up an unusually simple take on the crossbody bag here which only features a text logo by way of detailing.

Casablanca Monogram Bag

Monogram Bag

Monogram Bag

$835

Casablanca

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From minimalism to unashamed maximalism of the highest order. This Casablanca bag features the label's monogram as its central focus.

Acne Studios Alexandria Bag

Alexandria Bag

Alexandria Bag

$430

Acne Studios

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We already spoke about the versatility of leather bags being one of their great qualities. It means it's logical to cop something as understated as this grey Acne Studios bag.

Givenchy Antigona Bag

Antigona Bag

Antigona Bag

$1350

Givenchy

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Matthew Williams' Givenchy catalog has been predictably sleek. Revolving around black leather with metallic accents, this bag epitomizes the designer's output.

Jil Sander Sling Bag

Sling Bag

Sling Bag

$1650

Jil Sander

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Simplicity at its finest. Jil Sander is never one to shout for attention but this easygoing flap bag is another level of quiet confidence.

Loewe Gate Duel Bag

Gate Duel Bag

Gate Duel Bag

$1600

Loewe

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Loewe's leather bags are a highlight every season. From returning classics to new arrivals, the category is undoubtedly one of the label's strongest.

Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Bag

Rive Gauche Bag

Rive Gauche Bag

$1890

Saint Laurent

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While we're mostly focusing on the smaller side of leather bags in this roundup, this Saint Laurent leather tote is a departure. It offers enough space for a day's worth of essentials without losing its effortless YSL cool.

Bottega Veneta Casette Intrecciato Shoulder Bag

Casette Intrecciato Shoulder Bag

Casette Intrecciato Shoulder Bag

$2150

Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta's Intrecciato Weave is the star of this show. Here in a beautiful, deep purple hue, it's a definite winner for the darker months.

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