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Lust List: The Handbag Fetish - TORIA & CO
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Lust List: The Handbag Fetish

There is only one thing in this world that I like more than shoes… and that’s handbags. Specifically Chanel handbags… (of course!)

Since I can remember, my life-long handbag ambition was always to become the very proud owner of a quilted black Chanel shoulder bag, the one with the gold straps. I haven’t braved the purchase just yet, but it’ll be a dream come true once I do. Till then, I will continue to save photo’s of said handbag onto my Pinterest ‘Lust List’ board, just so I can look at them from time to time, and I’ll carry on gawking like a crazy person at any girl I walk past who is sporting that bag on their shoulder.

(Wiping the drool from the corner of my mouth…!)

That said, something strange has happened in my handbag fetish fantasies recently. Where as, in the past, should anyone ask me what was at the very top of my handbag lust list my answer would have always been that Chanel bag, hands down. Of late though, a number of other designers have really started to catch my eye and, with their new handbags well on the way to the coveted ‘Iconic’ status, the order placement of my top 6 handbag must-haves has become a little blurry.

I want them all, I need them. All.

Therefore, in no particular order, here are the top 6 handbags that I’m obsessing about… daily.

WARNING: These pictures may cause heart palpitations, dry mouth, heavy perspiration and hallucinations. If symptoms persist, apply for a credit card and go shopping!


You just can’t go wrong with a classic little black bag, with a gold shoulder chain. While that may sound just like the Chanel bag, there is a lot to be said for Louis Vuitton’s new range. Sleek and stylish, they are a much-loved and much-needed change to the stereotypical monogram-tiled brown bags they had previously been known for. It’s been a long time since I lusted for Louis Vuitton, but I’m lusting on this bag in a big way!


Yves Saint Laurent’s latest range of clutch bags and small shoulder bags are to die for. Coming in all shapes and colours (think leopard print, red, blue, green, you name it!), I am particular drawn to the nude shades, which would go with anything as much as a classic black bag would. Pair with a little black dress and nude gladiator shoes for a night out on the town and you are on to a winner! I wonder if Santa stocks these in the North Pole…?


The famed Chanel bag, the bag that has haunted my dreams for as long as I can remember, that unfortunately still resides in the high street store rather than in my wardrobe at home where it belongs. Jeans and a t-shirt is instantly transformed into a stylish outfit the second you throw this baby over your shoulder. Dress it up, dress it down, this iconic staple handbag is a timeless classic that will still top lust lists for years to come. Remind yourself that it’s an investment, something you can hand down to your kids one day. That should help you sleep afterward you buy it!


Going to the office, going shopping with friends, or travelling on an airplane. The day-to-day life of an organised female calls for nothing less than a trusty tote bag to carry all of must-have essentials; our phone, keys and purse, our iPads or Surface Pro’s, our cosmetic bag of tricks, a spare scarf and, of course, a good book. And that’s the bare essentials! While there are many totes available out there, there are none quite as sexy as this one by Celine. When I see someone in the street sporting one, the pang of jealousy inside me is so great that I want to run over and rip it out of their hands like a crazy person, before falling to the floor to sob into it’s soft leather curves. “You belong with me!”, I’ll cry. People will stare. It will be mortifyingly embarrassing.


I’m in a love triangle. On the one hand there is my soul mate, the timeless classic Chanel bag with it’s quilted exterior, gold chain and gold insignia. On the other hand is my young and sexy toy-boy, this modern partially-quilted Chanel bag with it’s silver chain and silver insignia. Lust can be a very powerful potion. I find myself thinking more and more about this bag on a daily basis nowadays than I do about my old faithful! I am quite literally… obsessed.


This unique little Chloe bag ignites visions of wondering busy streets in Marrakech, strolling along the beach-front in Hawaii, and partying the night away at Coachella. A casual bag that oozes personal style and luxury fashion, this bag belongs in a suitcase labelled “Destination: The World”. This is a designer handbag for the modern day explorer with a severe case of wanderlust. Go travel.

Which one would be at the top of your Lust List?

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