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Find The Handbag of Your Dreams at These 15 Washington Stores

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Sure, handbags can be bought online. But as anyone who has misjudged measurements or been disappointed by materials knows, sometimes it's way better — and more fun — to shop for bags in person. We've rounded up 15 key D.C. stores where you can find a handbag to make your outfit and your day. The list includes department store musts, beloved boutiques, and D.C. newbies like Steven Alan and Mulberry. Whether you're looking for a major investment purse or a clutch for the weekend, a bag that makes a statement or a bag that no one else out there is carrying, these shops have you covered.


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Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus

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If you don't mind digging, we've spotted Tory Burch, Botkier, and MICHAEL by Michael Kors bags for hundreds off here. [Photo]

Louis Vuitton

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Where to go when only a Speedy or a Neverfull handbag will do. [Photo]

Bloomingdale's

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The handbag section at Bloomie's is a thing of beauty, with racks and racks of brands like MARC BY MARC JACOBS, Coach, Kate Spade, Longchamp, and MICHAEL by Michael Kors. [Image]

Loehmann's

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Looking for a designer bag, but don't have a particular style in mind? Loehmann's is a good place to browse. [Photo]

Urban Chic

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Shop hyper local at Urban Chic, where you'll find bags from D.C. designers, as in Blair Ritchey's handmade leather clutches and Solsak's roomy day bags. [Photo]
Redeem stocks Collina Strada's architectural-inspired leather bags. [Image]
Everything at Muléh is high-end, including a selection of handbags from brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Mulberry. [Photo]

Hu's Wear

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Here's a good place to drool over a selection of of-the-moment designer bags from the likes of Givenchy, Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and more. [Photo]

Kate Spade

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On the lady-like spectrum, Kate Spade's Georgetown shop carries structured bags with cute details.

Barneys New York

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Find Proenza Schouler PS1 bags, Alexander Wang Rockie duffels, and more blogger favs at Barneys in Georgetown. [Image]

Steven Alan

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Steven Alan's new Georgetown shop stocks more Clare Vivier purses than just the cult favorite foldover clutch. Find giant weekender bags and elevated everyday duffle bags from CV, all made in Los Angeles. And Steven Alan has Baggu bags too. [Image: R. Lopez]
Coach has been moving away from monogram prints lately with its sleek Legacy collection. The company's lifetime purse guarantee is another selling point.

Mulberry at Tysons Galleria

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Mulberry only has a handful of stores in the U.S., and one of them is in Tysons Galleria. The shop opened last year, bringing Mulberry's Alex and Bayswater bags to the Washington area. [Photo]

South Moon Under

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Find both Rebecca Minkoff selections as well as trendy bags, clutches, and backpacks for under $60 at South Moon Under locations.

Bishop Boutique

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For a handbag that you won't see everywhere, consult Bishop Boutique. The Alexandria shop stocks totes, clutches, and every thing in between from brands like Loeffler Randall, LK Bennett, Elaine Turner, and Milly. [Photo]

Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus

If you don't mind digging, we've spotted Tory Burch, Botkier, and MICHAEL by Michael Kors bags for hundreds off here. [Photo]

Louis Vuitton

Where to go when only a Speedy or a Neverfull handbag will do. [Photo]

Bloomingdale's

The handbag section at Bloomie's is a thing of beauty, with racks and racks of brands like MARC BY MARC JACOBS, Coach, Kate Spade, Longchamp, and MICHAEL by Michael Kors. [Image]

Loehmann's

Looking for a designer bag, but don't have a particular style in mind? Loehmann's is a good place to browse. [Photo]

Urban Chic

Shop hyper local at Urban Chic, where you'll find bags from D.C. designers, as in Blair Ritchey's handmade leather clutches and Solsak's roomy day bags. [Photo]

Redeem

Redeem stocks Collina Strada's architectural-inspired leather bags. [Image]

Muléh

Everything at Muléh is high-end, including a selection of handbags from brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Mulberry. [Photo]

Hu's Wear

Here's a good place to drool over a selection of of-the-moment designer bags from the likes of Givenchy, Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and more. [Photo]

Kate Spade

On the lady-like spectrum, Kate Spade's Georgetown shop carries structured bags with cute details.

Barneys New York

Find Proenza Schouler PS1 bags, Alexander Wang Rockie duffels, and more blogger favs at Barneys in Georgetown. [Image]

Steven Alan

Steven Alan's new Georgetown shop stocks more Clare Vivier purses than just the cult favorite foldover clutch. Find giant weekender bags and elevated everyday duffle bags from CV, all made in Los Angeles. And Steven Alan has Baggu bags too. [Image: R. Lopez]

COACH

Coach has been moving away from monogram prints lately with its sleek Legacy collection. The company's lifetime purse guarantee is another selling point.

Mulberry at Tysons Galleria

Mulberry only has a handful of stores in the U.S., and one of them is in Tysons Galleria. The shop opened last year, bringing Mulberry's Alex and Bayswater bags to the Washington area. [Photo]

South Moon Under

Find both Rebecca Minkoff selections as well as trendy bags, clutches, and backpacks for under $60 at South Moon Under locations.

Bishop Boutique

For a handbag that you won't see everywhere, consult Bishop Boutique. The Alexandria shop stocks totes, clutches, and every thing in between from brands like Loeffler Randall, LK Bennett, Elaine Turner, and Milly. [Photo]