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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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1. Maison Kitsuné

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
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]

2. Steven Alan

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144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 664-0606
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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. 3.1 Phillip Lim

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115 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-1160
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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]

4. Clare Vivier

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239 Elizabeth St
New York, NY
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]

5. Jérôme Dreyfuss

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475 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-6920
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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]

6. Alexander Wang

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103 Grand St
New York, NY
(212) 977-9683
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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]

7. Joy Gryson

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106 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 691-2785
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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]

8. Opening Ceremony

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35 Howard St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2688
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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]

9. BAGGU

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242 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(800) 605-0759
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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]

1. Maison Kitsuné

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
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]
1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

2. Steven Alan

144 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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]
144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim

115 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
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]
115 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

4. Clare Vivier

239 Elizabeth St, New York, NY
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]
239 Elizabeth St
New York, NY

5. Jérôme Dreyfuss

475 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
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]
475 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

6. Alexander Wang

103 Grand St, New York, NY
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]
103 Grand St
New York, NY

7. Joy Gryson

106 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013
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]
106 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013

8. Opening Ceremony

35 Howard St., New York, NY 10013
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]
35 Howard St.
New York, NY 10013

9. BAGGU

242 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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]
242 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY