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You can tell a lot about something by what it's made of. With this line up of distinct handbags, there is a rare quality of attention to materials to where they transcend the ordinary and approach the sublime. Whether metallic or leather, silk or cotton, there is a little bit of everything in this mix, creating a fun ensemble of the usual suspects, Jacquemus, Issey Miyake and Balmain as found at MATCHES.

A statement bag for when you've got something to say, there is no better time to shout from the rooftops than when the last rays of summer offer you that coveted spotlight. Might as well see the season out with a splash.

Issey Miyake Bao Bao Lucent PVC tote bag

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Issey MiyakeBao Bao Tote Bag
$442
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There is beauty in simplicity, and nowhere is this better expressed than in Issey Miyake creations. He has perfected the art of taking a single detail, and finessing it to where it reveals something almost divine in its proportions. The interlocking triangles deliver tectonic delights aplenty - more origami puzzle box than Bao bun, this bag isn’t cutting any corners.

Saint Laurent Jamie medium suede and shearling shoulder bag

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Saint LaurentJamie Medium Shoulder Bag
$3500
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Triangles seem to be recurring in this lineup - here we see the isosceles from its very best angle, with a sumptuous, shearling finish that is a definite shmood. Coupled with tan suede underneath, the devil may be in the details - but this? This is a match made in heaven.

Balmain B-Army small leather-trim canvas tote bag

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BalmainCanvas Tote Bag
$995
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This is giving Wes Anderson’s escape to the beach - the antiquated typography, the bold lettering, the canvas body and leather detailing are emblematic of the bag of preference for those wayward children trying to get away from their parents and into each other’s arms. For a night of camping at the beach with a very specific list of essentials, of course.

Bottega Venetta Knot paillette Intrecciato-leather clutch bag

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Bottega VenetaIntrecciato Clutch Bag
$5100
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Intrecciato - even the name sounds elegant. A hint at the intricacies weaved into this piece of art by Bottega Veneta, it is a signature weave for the brand and features charming circularity in the form of delicate paillettes strewn across the entirety of this lilac lovely.

Paco Rabanne 1969 small chainmail shoulder bag

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Paco Rabanne1969 Shoulder Bag
$1700
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If ever you wanted to mix tough and soft, this bag does it to perfection. A chainmail construction creates something of a dichotomy, as the bag’s shielded outer belies fluidity in its design. Strikingly green, like the color of the money you’ll part ways with to have it - or your frenemies when they see you coming. It's a classic for the house to boot.

Jacquemus Chiquito medium linen handbag

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JacquemusBucket Bag
$580
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We’ve got three words for you: basket, beach, Biarritz. We can see ourselves now, basking in the balmy weather and barely staying awake, baking (as you do) in the sun. Barely raffia, but bare style points.

Olympia Le-Tan Van Gogh Starry Night embroidered book clutch bag

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Olympia Le-TanVan Gogh Starry Night Clutch Bag
$1670
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Let the stars come out, and envy what you've got in your hands. The inimitable Van Gogh artwork, 'Starry Night' features in a beautifully hand-embroidered clutch bag. Finished in cotton canvas, the subtle detailing offers all of the sparkle you could need to sip wine at your next art exhibit or for your stroll down the beach with your beau. Art-wear is the new thing, haven't you heard?

Jacquemus Chiquito medium linen handbag

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JacquemusChiquito Medium Handbag
$644
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Something of a Berlin staple, the Jacquemus handbag sees itself elevated with its logo emblazoned in gold along a cream linen base. A cute cross-body, with a C-shaped handle, this is what your local yuppie will be proudly displaying on their next trip on the U-Bahn - that’s metro to non-locals.

Matches x Sellier Hermès Constance 24cm cross-body bag

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Matches x SellierHermes Constance Bag
$32030
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As far as innovative material usage goes, this Hermes bag covers all the bases. This piece references the house’s iconic silk scarves in marble print by one of the masters of the craft, Moriyoshi Nose. Fine finessing over a luxurious lambskin leather. The palladium clasp finishes the bag off in heavy hitting heavy metal - literally, not figuratively.

Matches x Sellier Chanel Cruise 2022 vanity case

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Matches x SellierChanel Cruise Vanity Case
$25390
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You won’t board your cruise ship in vain with this vanity case. Wood paneling to match the wood panels of your private cabin, this Chanel bag is on a whole other level in the materials game. It takes the classic Chanel logo and cradles it in metallic gold embroidery, and creates a look that will change your wooden expression into a potentially smug smile.

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