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Handbag Hunt: Looking for a Convertible Like Liv's

08/07/2006 at 12:36 PM ET

I have not yet reached a place in my life where I can spend more money on a handbag than I have on my refrigerator. But Liv Tyler’s convertible Prada handbag which costs about $2700 (several fridges!) is so everyday perfect, I am determined to find one similar. The beauty lies in its two handle-lengths design. That way, when the bag gets too heavy for your shoulder — as mine often does thanks to magazine overload — you can switch to carrying it by hand without having it dragging on the ground. Luckily, the “convertible” seems to be a popular model this season, and I have found a few variations. Which of these do you like the best? Have you seen any that I’ve missed? — Angela Matusik

1. (Above right) Active Endeavors’ Anna Corinna Lady Duffel, $429, looks amazingly versatile. But too much like a gym bag, perhaps?

2. Miu Miu’s Scamosciato Old Satchel, $1050 at Neiman Marcus, is similar to big sister Prada’s, but still a major investment.

3. Betsey Johnson’s large tote, $385 at Nordstrom, looks like it would do the job nicely, but I’m not sure about all that rock-n-roll hardware.

4. Anthropologie’s, Sly Fox shoulder bag, $578, is aptly named. It’s actually two handbags in one — sneaky!

5. And finally Cole Haan’s large convertible tote, $425, has all the tricks of the others, but looks a bit more sophisticated.

To see more celebrities with bags we love click here

Photo:GERALDINA AMAYA/FRANK ROSS MEDIA; Courtesy Active Endeavors

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Brittany Ann on

I like the Anna Corinna Lady Duffel the best, but the Sly Fox shoulder bag is a close second.

bag lady on

As someone who will fill a bag to whatever it will hold (i.e., too much) these
are tempting … but wonder what they look like inside? How many
compartments, nifty custom stuff-holders do they contain? Once filled,
can you actually find anything inside? Like the overdue notices from the credit
card company? Or chiropractor bills?

Melissa on

If you can’t afford the Prada bag, I think the Cole Haan is the best runner up. It is affordable and the most sophisticated bag of the bunch. Just because you can’t afford the best, doesn’t mean you have to settle for tacky…right?

haydee on

got the bag myself…and i am very happy with it!

Emily on

You can buy beautiful fair trade handbags that are made from recycled materials at


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