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The women's besace, a timeless handbag

If you only need to buy one handbag, opt for a besace, a timeless model that comes in a multitude of shapes, materials and colors to match all your outfits, from the most casual to the most elegant.

A versatile bag

Characterized by a more or less rounded shape and a large flap often closed by a snap fastener or buckle, women's messenger bags are generally worn short across the shoulder. It's the all-purpose bag par excellence, reminding us of our student days and becoming our best companion at the office or restaurant. Made of suede, leather or fabric, the besace is supple and often features a single or even two compartments. Many models are equipped with a handle, or their shoulder strap can be adjusted to enable you to carry your bag by hand. In short, the besace bag accompanies you at any time of day or night, and while we sometimes regret its tote-like appearance, it is nonetheless practical and elegant. If you can afford it, opt for models with a zipped inside pocket, ideal for keeping your money or keys safe.

Which bag to choose?

Depending on your intended use, opt for a besace bag in leather or fabric, or even wool. Of course, leather is ideal for a night out with girlfriends and lovers, or for a business meeting. By choosing supple leather with an aged look, you're opting for a deliciously trendy vintage look. Stay sober, preferring characteristic colors such as camel, havana or cognac, and avoid black, often too severe, or white, more reserved for ceremonies.

On vacation, at the beach or around the barbecue, anything goes. You'll love the pretty satchels in multicolored fabrics, with graphic or ethnic motifs, bangs or seed beads, or even decorated with small shells or pompons. This fancy bag goes perfectly with a pair of shorts, a beach dress or a swimsuit, and lets you carry your wallet, keys or handkerchiefs to the beach or for a day's shopping in the boutiques of the seaside resort.

These women's satchel bags come in bright summer colors and give you a bohemian or even hippie style. They can easily be worn with a sarouel, and will accompany you to any summer music or theater festival.

What to wear it with

As a versatile bag, the besace can be worn with everything from chino jeans and slim pants to pencil skirts and chic dresses.

You can also break the dress code by mixing styles. A besace bag in ethnic fabric on a strict blazer or a distinctive leather besace on a long bohemian skirt, dare to think outside the box. If you prefer a more classic look, combine a schoolgirl bag with faded jeans, a leather bag with an elegant dress or a multicolored beaded bag with a beach combishort.

All that's left to do is choose your besace from the assortment in our online boutique. We've selected for you models straight out of the collections of fashion designers like Antik Batik, the specialist in original, festive handbags.

Don't forget to wear your bag with high-heeled shoes if you're petite, to elongate your silhouette and give it a nice balance.

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