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I recently treated myself to a handbag purchase that women stop me on the subway to ask about. I discovered travel bag brand Paravel through Instagram — because I am a true fashionista — and made an early birthday purchase of the Crossbody Capsule ($255) in the dark blue colorway known as Jetty. As soon as it arrived, I was in love.
I’m obsessed with the unusual cylindrical shape of the bag, and the pretty gold hardware doesn’t hurt either. It can easily fit my card wallet, iPhone, keys, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, and a couple of Rx Bars — you know, the basics. The bag itself is both light and crush-proof, which makes it beyond easy to travel with. And the canvas is waterproof, so it’s NBD that I spilled rosé on it twice. Basically, it’s the perfect accessory to accompany me to my preferred summer haunts of vineyards and outdoor brunches, and I don’t freak out about damaging it.
If you’re adventurous, you can have your monogram or one of a few select emoji hand-painted onto the canvas of any Paravel item. I didn’t go for that option this time, but I now have my eye on the Grand Tour Carry-on Bag ($345) with my initials on it. Or maybe the Boxer Cosmetic Case ($140)? Or maybe just everything on the whole damn website, so I can Instagram it all.