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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.