Totes a Poppin ...

The New York Times, in their Sunday Style section touted the staying power of the big bag. Though most are tote-ish styles, it is a great representation of bags at multiple price points, and varying styles. The common denominator 9other than the obvious size) is the shine, from high gloss to a subtle sheen.

Top row l-r: Valentino's Maison bag in pebbled leather (the lone matte bag, though the handles are shiny) $2295 at Bergdorfs; The Alex, from Jimmy Choo in printed hair calf $2595 at Jimmy Choo

Middle row: Patent tote from MS by Martine Sitbon, $458 at Searle; Club Monaco Daryl carryall in patent $299 at Club Monaco stores; Prada Ombr

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