Mark Cross Grace Large Trunk Bag

Grace Kelly made this an “It Bag” long ago.

You know that scene in Hitchcock’s Rear Window when Grace Kelly coolly clicks open her boxy Mark Cross handbag and a silk negligee foams out of it? I’ve been obsessed with that bag ever since I saw the movie in my early 20s. So earlier this year, when an updated version of this exact same Mark Cross bag appeared at Barneys, I began strategizing-slash-rationalizing the purchase of one of my own. Like the one Grace toted, this minimalist black calf-leather beauty holds far more than its relatively modest size (6.5 by 8.25 by 4.25 inches) might indicate—but unlike hers, it comes with a removable shoulder strap. (Which I intend to ditch immediately. Why mess with perfection?)

$1,995 at Barneys New York, 15 East Oak St., 312-587-1700; or barneys.com

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