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Clear As Day: Bags to See You Through Spring and Summer
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Maybe you lusted after the Chanel “Naked” bag, but just didn’t want to spend $895. Maybe you bought one of Target’s two-in-one bags, with the clear outer tote and the cotton, printed-floral inner tote, for a remarkable le $10.49. Regardless, you cannot have escaped the trend this season for clear, clear, clear plastic, vinyl, PVC, whatever. They are everywhere...and we really love them. Coach has a beauty, too…but the two we think are the best (the Chanel one is just too small, anyhow, so who needs it?), are from Furla and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (yeah, really).

The Furla bag, called “May” (left), comes with leather trim in a few colors -- and here it is with red patent leather trim and a matching little change purse tethered to the bag. It’s roomy, chic, fun, and very of-the-moment. ($260; www.furlausa.com)

The Met’s version (style number 15-00637-2, for $195) is also very roomy with sturdy, wide handles in silver (ooh-la-la) or brown leather (too utilitarian for our taste), and also very stylish. It’s available at the Met’s Great Hall Luxury Boutique or by calling 212-570-3894.

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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