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Buying a new handbag is the shopping equivalent of getting a facial: it's not totally necessary, it's a splurge, and it does wonders for your appearance—suddenly, Hungover at Brunch looks a lot more Model off Duty. To get you going in the right direction, we've rounded up nine New York City stores that always seem to have the perfect bag (or two) in stock.

We left of the major no-brainer department stores like Barneys and Bergdorf, as well as the obvious high-end, four-figure designer staples like Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Céline, etc. The remaining list includes contemporary brands who consistently kill it in the category—think Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim, plus favorites like Baggu, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, Clare Vivier, and more. See the entire map after the jump, and leave your own picks in the comments.


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Maison Kitsuné

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Maison Kitsune, adjacent to the NoMad Hotel, stocks a healthy assortment of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie bags, from backpacks to handbags and travel accessories. Prices hover around the mid- to high-hundreds for leather, with canvas totes going for less. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Steven Alan

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Out of all the Steven Alan stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, your best bet for bags is the Chelsea location on Tenth Avenue, followed by the Tribeca Annex. Shop basic, minimal handbags and totes from the in-house line, as well as options from Clare Vivier, Filson, Time's Arrow, Mansur Gavriel, Baggu, and more. [Photo]

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Phillip Lim is still having a moment in handbags, and there's no better place to shop the entire fall collection than the Mercer Street flagship. Highlights this season include the Ryder Satchel in a variety of shades, including a multi-color rabbit fur rendition in the small and larger sizes. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Clare Vivier

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Clare Vivier's first New York City store will open this week (Friday, to be exact) in Nolita, stocking her signature foldover clutches, totes, iPad accessories, and more. Monogramming costs an additionl $50 per item. [Photo]

Jérôme Dreyfuss

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Jérôme Dreyfuss' slouchy satchels and smooth calfskin totes can be found at the designer's Broome Street store, his first and only in the city. Bonus: Isabel Marant, Dreyfuss' wife, is located right next door. [Photo]

Alexander Wang

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Wang has dominated the It-bag-for-under-a-grand market for some time now, with no signs of slowing down. Browse all of the designer's coveted handbags in one convenient, white marble location. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Joy Gryson

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All three of designer Joy Gryson's bag lines live at her Tribeca shop: at the top of the line is the namesake Gryson line, full of ladylike panache; the rock 'n roll Olivia Harris hits the contemporary mark and goes for under $500; and the on trend IIIbeca label goes for under $200 and sends 3% of proceeds to charity. [Photo]

Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony's genius lies in uncovering global brands that you—that no one—has heard about (yet). This extends to their bag selection, where they always stock an interesting mix of styles and price points. They recently extended their in-house line to include bags and the end result is a host of practical, attractive, and well-priced styles. [Photo by Brian Harkin]
The Brooklyn storefront of this utilitarian bag line stocks everything from tiny keychain coin purses to oversized leather totes. Prices are reasonable, colors span the rainbow, and they're always collabing with someone interesting. [Photo]

Maison Kitsuné

Maison Kitsune, adjacent to the NoMad Hotel, stocks a healthy assortment of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie bags, from backpacks to handbags and travel accessories. Prices hover around the mid- to high-hundreds for leather, with canvas totes going for less. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Steven Alan

Out of all the Steven Alan stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, your best bet for bags is the Chelsea location on Tenth Avenue, followed by the Tribeca Annex. Shop basic, minimal handbags and totes from the in-house line, as well as options from Clare Vivier, Filson, Time's Arrow, Mansur Gavriel, Baggu, and more. [Photo]

3.1 Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim is still having a moment in handbags, and there's no better place to shop the entire fall collection than the Mercer Street flagship. Highlights this season include the Ryder Satchel in a variety of shades, including a multi-color rabbit fur rendition in the small and larger sizes. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Clare Vivier

Clare Vivier's first New York City store will open this week (Friday, to be exact) in Nolita, stocking her signature foldover clutches, totes, iPad accessories, and more. Monogramming costs an additionl $50 per item. [Photo]

Jérôme Dreyfuss

Jérôme Dreyfuss' slouchy satchels and smooth calfskin totes can be found at the designer's Broome Street store, his first and only in the city. Bonus: Isabel Marant, Dreyfuss' wife, is located right next door. [Photo]

Alexander Wang

Wang has dominated the It-bag-for-under-a-grand market for some time now, with no signs of slowing down. Browse all of the designer's coveted handbags in one convenient, white marble location. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

Joy Gryson

All three of designer Joy Gryson's bag lines live at her Tribeca shop: at the top of the line is the namesake Gryson line, full of ladylike panache; the rock 'n roll Olivia Harris hits the contemporary mark and goes for under $500; and the on trend IIIbeca label goes for under $200 and sends 3% of proceeds to charity. [Photo]

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony's genius lies in uncovering global brands that you—that no one—has heard about (yet). This extends to their bag selection, where they always stock an interesting mix of styles and price points. They recently extended their in-house line to include bags and the end result is a host of practical, attractive, and well-priced styles. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

BAGGU

The Brooklyn storefront of this utilitarian bag line stocks everything from tiny keychain coin purses to oversized leather totes. Prices are reasonable, colors span the rainbow, and they're always collabing with someone interesting. [Photo]