Hard-Working Handbags for Career Girls

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There are a lot of important things to take care of before starting your career, but perhaps the most important one (wardrobe-wise, at least) is finding the perfect work bag: You'll carry it back and forth every day, and it's gotta hold all your s**t.

Yes, it's time to graduate to a grown-up bag. Your college backpack has barely survived senior year and your canvas tote has seen a few too many spills in its lifetime. And a nice purse is really worth the financial investment: A polished bag can pull together any outfit and make you look like a #GirlBoss in literally seconds.

While there's plenty of cute AF options from designers like Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff, there's a few #BUILTBYGIRLS companies in the game that are trying to maximize on the functionality of the career girl's handbag without sacrificing style - a #Winning combo for us, always.

"As a working woman, one sticking point that I had every day was not having a proper work bag that I could confidently carry to work, that met my working needs (if I had to carry a laptop or files) and had the appropriate color, quality and professionalism," says Joanna Lau, founder and CEO of the new handbag brand JEMMA and a former Emerging Markets Trader and graduate from New York University Stern School of Business. "I was constantly accommodating to the constraints of my handbag, instead of the other way around. My girlfriends and colleagues had similar laments, so I knew this was a void."

JEMMA's sleek yet ladylike Work Bag ($398) comes in navy, burgundy and black/vanilla and can fit up to a 15-inch laptop.
Another brand, Everpurse, introduced a tech-savvy bag in 2011 that charges your iPhone 5, 5S, 6 or 6S wire-free, and recently introduced a collaboration with Kate Spade that looks just like the real thing - but smarter. Products in the line range from leather totes (shown below is the Small Harmony, $378) to wristlets.

"Integrating charging technology into a purse was a no-brainer because I always carry my bag with me. We designed Everpurse in such a way that by continuing to do the things you already do – put your phone in your bag's pocket, leave your bag in the same location at work or home – you never have to think about charging again," says CEO Liz Salcedo.

And with that, we'd say you've got this career thing in the bag.


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