I love handbags! If you think about it, a purse is a girl’s best friend. What else do you have with you wherever you go that can always be counted on to have everything you need right when you need it? A quick inventory of my purse demonstrates my point. Wallet, hand gel, brush, hair spray, makeup, Tylenol, allergy medicine, planner, tissue, sunglasses…no wonder my kids and husband are always asking me to produce what they need out of my magic bag.
I’m an organization freak, so my handbag either needs to have compartments or I use various small bags to keep everything handy. I love it when my handbags have a key finder (long cord attached to the side of your purse that attaches to your keys), since keys are notorious for hiding so well you have to take everything out to find them. A key finder allows you to just find the cord and then run your hand along it until, eureka, your keys are at the end. Ingenious.
Another essential for me (and every other woman I know) is a handy cell phone pocket so you can get to your phone before it stops ringing. Since my world is on my phone, I need to be able to find it…FAST!
Aside from those few necessities, I choose a handbag based upon what makes my heart sing. If I am going to carry it every where I go for at least six months at a time, I want to love looking at it. I move in phases between carrying neutral purses that go with everything to carrying a handbag that is truly eye catching and makes a statement. My go to statement purse is Anuschka.
My mom and I discovered this brand exactly the way every woman should discover a purse…we saw another woman carrying one, and after we had oohed and awed over it, asked her the name of the brand. We have been selling these little beauties ever since. And when I say selling, let me just tell you that we have already sold 30 this year. At an average price of $150 to $400 in a town of 55,000, that is no small accomplishment. But the reason they sell so well is because they are truly the perfect combination of beauty and function.
Let me explain. First of all, they are hand painted with beautiful designs in everything from landscapes and florals, to abstracts and nature. After 12 to 18 months of use, a print is retired. Once this happens, it is never used again. At this point, your handbag becomes wearable art. No one will ever be able to get your specific handbag again. Second, the leather is second to none. It just gets softer and softer over time, making you want to hug it just to appreciate the utterly smooth lusciousness. No kidding. But my favorite thing about Anuschka is the attention to detail on the inside of the purse. These handbags have the most well thought out insides of any purse line I have used or seen. The pockets are well placed and appropriately sized, making them utterly useful. Often, Anuschka will add built in wallets and divider pockets that appeal to type A personalities like mine. And, especially in their larger bags, they throw in little extras like coordinating make up bags and sun-glass cases.
Believe me, this is a purse to have a fetish over. Just ask any Anuschka purse owner you know.