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