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SHOP NOW: 4 Best Handbags To Buy Right Now


In need of a hot new handbag to carry around this season? Look no further. We wandered through the quietest and busiest of all duty frees and travel retail shops and found the purses you will need with you at the boarding gate.

Their intricate designs, luxurious fabrics and opulent metal details make them the ideal arm candy.


This new collaboration between Italian luxury fashion house and young artist Helen Downie is all kinds of delicious. This 40-piece capsule collection includes ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, silks and accessories, however we are particularly interested in the hand-painted handbags.

Gucci pretairporter Helen Downie Unskilled Worker handbag

The “naive and expressive” drawings marry Michele’s signature eccentric aesthetic with Helen’s humour, making this a collaboration of all our Gucci-encrusted dreams. The key pieces are decorated with Unskilled Worker’s childlike illustrations of flowers and cartoon characters, all adorably meta-dressed in Gucci. Take our money!

Gucci pretairporter Helen Downie Unskilled Worker travel exclusive handbag



If Earth is getting a bit too much for you lately (we’re getting a little tired, to be honest), then jump on the spaceship with Bally who is heading to the moon with its AW17 collection. Its new tote bag is a classic grained bull leather black bag with detachable shoulder straps and top handles.

The out-of-this-world On The Moon applique sits atop the front of the bag, giving a nod to its Space Age message. Shall we go then? To infinity and beyond…?!

Bally pretairporter new handbag travel exclusive



Desigual knows what women want. This brand is not just giving the cool, hip millennial girl a backpack to take with her for her next city break, but also adding in a scarf and jewellery box in the collection.

This travel exclusive collection, i.e. only available at travel retail and duty free shops, might look all flowers and frills from the outside, but it’s as utilitarian as it can be. And guess what? The backpack perfectly fits in Easy Jet’s notorious overhead cabin space, and slides in Ryan Air’s under-the-front-seat section. Major travel win, hey?

desigual handbag pretairporter


The man is known for his sexy shoes, but you can also trust him in the handbag department. The lightweight and elegant “Paloma” collection has a new sister.

Its accordion structure features one main compartment that fastens with a concealed pull-out snap tab. It stands on metal ‘heels’ so it never has to touch the floor when you’re waiting those long hours at the airport. This Ultra Black icon is going to be a favourite of frequent flyers. We have a feeling…

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Which handbag is your favourite?

Shitika Anand
written by: Shitika Anand
Shitika is a storyteller and digital content creator, currently living the digital nomad life in Asia. Her words have been published in Time Out, WWD, CNN, Grazia, Forbes and The Huffington Post.