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Seven bags with big personalities.

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Fashions fade, but a classic handbag is eternal. That's the thinking behind the Maddison, a beautifully crafted crook-of-the-arm treasure that channels the kind of classic handbag your grandmother owned. Its pockets are just as suited to iPhones and car keys as those of its predecessors were to driving gloves and powder compacts (and why not fling those in too, while you're at it? Grandma would be thrilled).

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"Own only what you can always carry with you: languages, countries, people," said Alexander Solzenhitysn. "Let your memory be your travel bag." While we applaud the sentiment, we prefer something a little more, well, holdable. This boxy bowler bag has structure, style and plenty of pockets; perfect for when you're out and about.

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Great news: backpacks are back this season. Perfect when you're on the move, they keep your hands free for passport checks, carrying luggage and elbowing your fellow travellers out of the way in the rush for seats. This neat little slouchy backpack also has room for all the essentials modern travel so rigorously demands: passport, a good book and a small bottle of gin.

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The perfect weekend bag should be a help, when it is so often a hindrance. But no longer. The Juniper Hobo is not only made from elegant equestrian-style leather, it also has plenty of pockets for those who like to have a place for everything, and everything in its place.

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This sleek leather pouch will keep you organised on the move. Crafted from textured Saffiano leather, it's virtually scratch and stain resistant. And even better, it can double up as a swish little evening bag.

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Ballet flats, newspaper, iPad - we all have things we need to carry around that we don't want to stuff into our handbag. The Julianne is the answer, and in eight different colours there'll definitely be one that matches your look.

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Ready to join the pony club? This Autumn, the fashion pack has gone particularly crazy for this perennially stylish print. This majestic tote is an instant way to add some cool credentials to a simple outfit (especially useful when you're having one of those 'got dressed in the dark' days).

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