To Have and To Hold: Different Types of Handbags

There is a famous line that goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But real women living in the real world would say that it is handbags, and not sparkly jewelry, which a girl needs in her life. Handbags are every girl’s best companion, basically holding their life together the moment they head out the door. Or sometimes, it just adds that much-needed punch to an outfit.

There are so many types of handbags out there, and everyone has their favorites. Here at SOTO&TORRES, we put a lot of thought into what a woman needs and wants in her handbags.

The brand offers different designs for four handbag types: the wooden handle, the clutch, the hobo, and the small tote. If you need a little primer on what handbag you should be using, here is a little checklist of some popular handbag styles:

Wooden Handle – this type of handbag is characterized by its sturdy wooden handle. It usually goes with summer outfits and is reminiscent of picnics and sunny afternoon dates . The wooden handle handbag by SOTO&TORRES is amped up a notch by bright floral prints. It’s a feminine bag, through and through.

Clutch – Clutch bags are usually reserved for evening affairs, when you wouldn’t need much else other than your lipstick and credit card. An envelope clutch fits nicely in the hand and lets your stellar evening outfit stand out. Nostalgic elegance sets the clutches of SOTO&TORRES apart from other clutches. Its graphic prints are culled from vintage dresses, reworked into a party essential that’s very “now.”

Hobo – Hobo bags are inspired by the bindles carried by wandering workers, or Hobos, who are significant figures in American History. With their soft shape, hobo bags are now preferred by women who like to show off their free-spirited side. SOTO&TORRES has its own version of the hobo in its Queen line. The brand retains the whimsical character of the hobo bag by rendering it in beautiful printed fabric. A leather handle adds a nice royal touch.

Tote Bags – Rectangular totes are for girls in the go. Made to fit documents, as well as your daily bring-alongs, a small tote can bring you from work to the mall to a family dinner, while making sure that you do not leave anything behind.  SOTO&TORRES has small totes which are beautiful as they are functional, with the designs ensuring that you step out in style wherever you end up. A special line, called the Vest, features totes with a unique shape – it is work-ready, and eye-catching to boot.

Satchel – a satchel has boarding school origins, but it is now becoming a fashion-forward staple. The satchel’s rectangular shape, long strap, and top handle make it the versatile choice of both students and young professionals.

Oversize Handbag – By its name, an oversize handbag is meant to fit everything and anything that you could think of bringing. This is the bag of choice for designers or celebrities who need to shuttle around for a full day of work. Often rendered in bright colors, they are also always meant to be noticed. They’re the exclamation point to your casual, errand-day outfit.

Box Purse – Nothing says lady like a boxed purse. Often tiny, and very hard, a box purse is preferred by women who like to keep things classy. Women in this clique prefer nothing over the top or too attention-grabbing, hence the preference for timeless accessories.

Minaudiere – A minaudiere is a hard clasped bag, made to fit the palm of the hand. Also a night time staple, minaudieres are often works of art in themselves, incorporating materials like wood and seashells. They can be hand-painted, covered in luxe fabric, or studded to the hilt with crystals. These tiny bags are precious hand-me-down pieces.

Bowling Bag –a large bowling bag is another roomy option for gals who need to bring a lot in their totes. It zips all the way across its body and often comes with a longer handle. Bowling bags are a sexier alternative to gym bags if you need to bring a change of clothes or shoes. They come in more feminine designs and prints (not to mention being waterproof).

Bucket Bag – A bucket bag is characterized by its rounded bottom, cylindrical shape, and wide-mouthed opening, which is usually closed by a drawstring. If rendered in materials like canvas or dark leather, bucket bags are more androgynous, and perfect for girls who don’t like being too fussy with their things.

Your handbag can say a lot about who you are and what you do, so it’s nice to be bringing something which exudes panache. Which handbag style do you step out with often? Is their a  SOTO&TORES bag that you would love to add to your wish list?

Heed the Spring Calling with a Wooden Handle Handbag


When it comes to handbags, details are key. True fashionphiles know that style is not about screaming labels, or ostentatious add-ons. They choose to go for understated elegance and functionality in their lifestyles, from their furniture, to their dresses, and down to their bags.


Storied designs and sturdy add-ons comprise the luxurious make of a top of the line handbag. And these are the things that you get when you reach for a high end wooden handle handbag or purse from SOTO & TORRES.


Our Inspiration

SOTO & TORRES is a New York-based company that thrives on the rich treasures of the past. The brand creates unique and beautiful handbags from the fabric of vintage dresses. Their designers search high and low all over the streets of New York to find quality, gorgeous materials that will go into each bag.


The bag’s recycled materials are set apart by their colors, prints, and textures.  But moreover, each fabric holds a different story from the stylish women who first wore them. The very dresses are the legacy of these illustrious figures. The fabrics, revived as our bag materials, also serve as lasting impressions of fashion’s enduring quality: of how trends in the past can still be reworked into something fresh and innovative for the present.


Behind Every Bag

The perfect mix of high and low can be found on each of our Made in New York handbags.  Aside from the beautiful vintage fabric featured in the bag’s body, its hardware and labels represent a quiet sort of luxury.


The wooden handles are carefully crafted and polished to be strong yet comfortable. They are held in place and attached to the rest of the bag by genuine leather patches. The bags are trimmed and lined with a dark fabric that enhances the artwork featured on the bag’s vintage fabric. Thoughtful details like internal pockets (one with a zipper) are also included.


The SOTO & TORRES logo is stamped on a burnished golden plate, handcrafted by a New York-based  goldsmith. All these elements come together to create a high-end bag that is timeless and useable.


Bring It Along

Spring is the favorite season of SOTO & TORRES. Many of the brand’s designs are inspired by the flowers that come out on the first days of spring. From bright corals, to turquoise, and yellow, our hand bags are reminiscent of bright blooms, the blue sky, or rainbow cocktails.


The brand is also inspired by spring’s message of rebirth and rejuvenation. It is when life comes forth, when everything is awash with color and light. Happiness permeates the air, and people are in high spirits after a long and dreary winter spell. The long, hot days are perfect for planning get-togethers and adventures with your friends and family. And there’s nothing like dressing up and choosing bright, nature-inspired accessories to heighten the feeling of celebration and fun.


A beautiful wooden handle handbag or purse is your best bet for this season. Our handbags come in sizes and designs which would make it the perfect carry-on to a picnic or an evening event. Choose a SOTO and TORRES top of the line handbag, and carry the happiness of spring with you wherever you go.

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