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    Form and function meet in this holdall that has emerged as one of the year’s biggest trends

    They’ve been around for decades and yet bucket bags never quite made it into a celebrity’s wish list. Until last year, when US-based designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel launched their bags—with clean lines and colourful linings—and turned cult favourites overnight. With the likes of Emma Watson and Kirsten Dunst totting them, the styles range from kitschy tribal inspired versions to retro with metallic leather finish. And our picks cover them all.

    Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar

    It-list-3Skin sense
    Giving a luxe twist to the everyday basic, Jimmy Choo’s slouchy Anna bag comes in an exotic ink mix dégradé python. While its shoulder strap and handy external and internal pockets are perfect for
    the day, segue into party mode with its chunky chain handle that takes its appeal up a notch. Rs.2,14,309. Details: 42154812

    Check that
    Burberry steers away from the traditional bucket bag with their
    tote-like design. Crafted from grainy nubuck and smooth leather, it features the house check cotton—on the sides and the lining. It also helps you keep track of the various thingamabobs that find their way into your bag with an external zip compartment and interior pockets. Approximately Rs.68,445. Details: 28464135

    Pretty in pink
    Keeping the price tag affordable yet not scrimping on style is Zara’s leather bucket bag with a front pocket. With cotton lining and a handy compartment inside, it’s great for carting around your essentials—from your wallet to that bulky tube of sunscreen. Rs.4,990. Details: 30083700

    Street smart
    On your next girls’ day out, ditch the designer labels and give the hippie style a go. Taking inspiration from traditional rugs, or durries, is this bag from Delhi-based European designer label, Joli. Made from hand woven cotton and leather, the vibrant green and black bag comes with an adjustable removable leather strap for easy handling. Rs.7,040. Details: tadpolestore.com

    Midas touch
    Michael Kors has given fall’s favourite carryall a retro touch. With a 70’s silhouette, the pale gold leather Frankie drawstring messenger has signature accents and a metallic finish. Outfitted with an adjustable strap and drawstring closure, its carefree shape lends itself to all of your casual wardrobe staples. Rs.17,754. Details: 080 40976633

    Red alert
    The one that started it all. This mini leather Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is crafted from red cow leather. Fuss-free and elegant, it has a drawstring top and an adjustable shoulder strap. Just right to sass up a Plain Jane denim and tee outfit. Rs.44,147. Details: net-a-porter.com

    Classic  appeal
    If you think bucket bags are a tad too chunky, try Emilio Pucci’s new Kassia bag. Made in Italy, from supple grey calfskin, this one is sleek and its three inside pockets make sure everything stays in place, with no ugly lumps marring the bag’s clean lines. 1,38,899. Details: emiliopucci.com/in

    Fringe fact
    When you sling on a bucket bag, a certain amount of clutter comes with the territory. But Gucci makes sure your mobile phone and keys stay put with handy little pouches and a zippered pocket. Made from mandarin leather, the Lady Tassel bucket bag is made in Italy and sports fine gold hardware, leather lining and hand-painted edges. Rs.1,28,336. Details: 011 46471111

    Go black
    Pocket friendly and PETA friendly, Mango’s faux leather drawstring bucket bag is quite universal. With a detachable long strap, we think it can double up as a sleek book bag for college goers and a handy yet chic carryall for the nine-to-fivers. Rs.4,590. Details: 28464535

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