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2018 Handbags

Editors’ Choice

SoleAmour, Andover Philosophy: With accessories at all price points and a relaxed, customer-focused vibe, SoleAmour is all about finding the right accessory to make your look sing. Standout Qualities: Owner Stephanie Sipley curates the selection of handbags to include clutches, totes, and everything in between from popular brands like MZ Wallace and Hammitt. The store also stocks reasonably priced bags in fun, trendy looks—think studs or sparkles—so you can try out a new style without a big investment. In the Works: Keep an eye out for the store’s first fall lookbook, showing off the store’s full array of accessories and apparel. 4 Main St., Andover, 978-409-1541; 17 Thompson St., Winchester, 781-721-5300,  

Readers’ Choice

Vaalbara Handbag Supply, Newburyport Philosophy: Vaalbara’s goal is to create bags that are both distinctive and eco-friendly. The inner lining of every Vaalbara bag is made from recycled plastic bottles, and a portion of every sale goes to the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit that fights for clean oceans. Standout Qualities: Clutches, totes, messengers, and even diaper bags combine leather and colorful bohemian fabrics for a unique look. With brick walls and wooden rafters, the shop exudes the same stylish comfort as the bags it sells. Fun Fact: The word Vaalbara refers to a supercontinent that may have existed three billion years ago, containing parts of present-day Australia and Africa. As a company name, it symbolizes connection between people, cultures, and the earth. 1 Water St., Newburyport, 978-212-9678,
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