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As seen in The Huffington Post - 10/31/2013

The Faithful Shopper: Power of the Purse Our mothers were right - the right purse makes all the difference to an outfit, and there's never been a better time for a new statement. We all know the classics - Chanel, Gucci, Vuitton, Coach and relative newcomer Michael Kors - as well as the wonderful selections in our department stores. But take a look at some of these stores as well for everything from clutches to oversized totes:

Anya Hindmarch - 795 Madison Avenue Take a look at why this designer was just nominated by the British Fashion Council as an accessory designer of the year - bags that are practical yet with a touch of humor. And now adding bespoke services!

Tory Burch - 38-40 Little West 12th Street - 797 Madison Avenue - 257 Elizabeth Street Y es, you can get a terrific black tote or clutch here, but Burch is all about color and print - try something in fuchsia, aqua or even paisley!

Jonathan Adler - 37 Greenwich Avenue - 53 Greene Street World renowned for his whimsical yet classic home dĂŠcor, Adler is now applying that sensibility to accessories, offering beautifully made bags that are embossed with snakes, giraffes, etc. - at prices that allow you to get more than one!

Longchamp - 713 Madison Avenue - 132 Spring Street Whatever silhouette you need, from satchels to crossbody, Longchamp creates it with luxurious leather. Or buy yet another edition of the ever-so-useful Le Pliage foldable nylon bag that can and does go everywhere.

Clare Vivier - 239 Elizabeth Street Paris chic meets American usability in this new brand from Los Angeles (the bags are even made there). Useful, stylish and affordable, with most prices well south of $400.

J茅r么me Dreyfuss - 473 Broome Street Originally an apparel designer, Dreyfuss brings his gift for understated yet exquisite detail to bags and other accessories that are all about the shopper's lifestyle.

Mulberry - 134 Spring Street This British brand offers exceptionally fine leathers combined with terrific craftsmanship and eyecatching designs - the result is international chic.

Reed Krakoff - 831 Madison Avenue Best known for his work for Coach, Krakoff now has an eponymous brand that is reinventing American style, combining classic designs with luxury and utter wearability.

Smythson of Bond Street - 4 West 57th Street With 125 years of history, Smythson knows a thing or two about timeless style. And with top-notch leathers and hand stitching, these bags should last a century or two!

Joy Gryson - 106 Franklin Street Formerly director of design for Marc Jacobs, Gryson is inspired by her New Y ork home and Florence studio to design bags that are edgy and exciting yet have a classic feel.

Steven Alan - 144 Tenth Avenue In addition to his own designs, including clutches, bags and backpacks, Alan's store has offerings from Shinola, Clare Vivier and canvas bag brand Baggu, among others. Come here and explore. Happy Shopping! Follow Faith Hope Consolo on T witter: /FaithHConsolo

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Our mothers were right - the right purse makes all the difference to an outfit, and there's never been a better time for a new statement. We...