Best of 2005: Handbags Worth Waiting For

The "it" bags for this season

The "it" bags this season are big, with lots of grommets, pockets, and hardware. Three Desperate Housewives were seen on that show carrying the same commodious and cushy tote by Tod's, the Italian luxury leather-goods company. It's $1,100 at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria (703-761-1600; neimanmarcus.com).

Get on the waiting list at Saks Fifth Avenue (5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-9000; Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700; saksfifthavenue.com) for the Silverado by Chloe ($1,730) or at Neiman Marcus for the Isabella Fiore tapestry bag ($295 to $825). What makes them so desirable? Ask any woman who wants one.

Washingtonian staffers contributing to this section were Cristina Abello, Susan Baer, Susan Davidson, Ken DeCell, Rebecca Dreilinger, Kim Isaac Eisler, Mary Clare Fleury, Kimberly Forrest, Brooke Lea Foster, Garrett M. Graff, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, Aparna Nancherla, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Chris Wilson. Also contributing were Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Matthew Graham.

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