Handbags for your inner animal

We ladies and our handbags — we’re often  joined at the hip.

Purses serve as our daily survival kits, carrying everything from planners to snacks, receipts, change, electronic gadgets, makeup and myriad other necessities. And if you’re a mom to young children, your list may also include pebbles, crayons and small toys.

Let’s just say, we’re not bidding farewell to our handbags anytime soon. But if we’re going to continue this bond, we should do so stylishly.

This month, WAG is all about animal-inspired purses — both large and small — to bring out your inner animal. (And we all have one.)

(1) Calf Half and Ostrich Medium Double Tote Bag

All of your essentials will fit into this Prada tote and do so most trendily. Made from New Zealand calf hair dyed in a leopard-print pattern, this purse includes two-tone, full-quill ostrich trim, protective feet, a leather-lined interior, a removable shoulder strap and rolled top handles. And might we add: Leopard print never goes out of style. $7,820.

(2) Jean Zebra Clutch Bag, Alabaster/Obsidian

Edie Parker’s custom-made acrylic bags are the perfect complement to a girl’s night out or a dinner engagement, when you’re dressed most fabulously. The rectangular shell of this clutch is made of marbled, hand-poured acrylic with glitter-flecked zebra stripes and contains a kiss-lock closure. The inside includes a vanity mirror for on-the-go makeup fixes. $1,295.

(3) Dionysus Snake-Embroidered Cross-body Bag

This Gucci number makes a bold statement, like its namesake — the Greek god of wine, fertility and ecstatic worship. It’s fitting that it should have an exotic serpent appliqué, because like Dionysus, the serpent — which sheds its skin — represents rebirth. Crafted using an eco-friendly process, the bag features a flap top with a textured tiger head spur closure and python trim with suede microfiber lining. $3,980.

(4) Crystal Beatnik Cat Minaudière

This Judith Leiber clutch — in the shape of a flashy feline — doesn’t miss a “Beat” with its black beret, shades and turtleneck, a purr-fect representation of hip elegance. Embellished in Austrian crystals, it includes a chain shoulder strap with a seven-inch drop — which can be tucked inside for handheld preferences — and a pushdown clasp at the top. $5,595.

(5) Rose-colored Glasses Wicker Dalmatian Purse

This adorable bag from Kate Spade New York is a lovely accessory for animal lovers and beachcombers, with its wicker material, evocative of the soft seasons. Featuring 14-karat light gold-plated hardware, the purse includes a leather wristlet strap and a leather collar with a bow. $448.

For more, visit neimanmarcus.com.

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