If you can only buy one handbag this season, make it the Clayton satchel from Dooney & Burke!

Clayton satchel by Dooney and Burke

Miss Selfridge sweater

$88 – whistles.co.uk


Did you ever have a handbag you loved so much that you actually planned outfits around it? Me neither… until now. I just got the new Dooney & Burke Clayton satchel and I’m completely obsessed.

Since 1975, Dooney & Burke has been known for its high-quality accessories and this handbag does not disappoint. It’s so well made and so beautifully constructed that I know it will last forever.

I’ve decided that it’s all of those little details that Dooney & Burke includes that really make the difference — feet so the bottom of the bag doesn’t scuff, reinforced zippers for super durability, detachable shoulder straps to vary the look, and even an inside key hook (my personal favorite). It’s attention to those small, but important, details that take a really good bag and make it great.

Normally, I change out my handbag daily to coordinate with various outfits. And, I admit to being something of a collector (just ask my husband whose “side” of the walk-in closet has dwindled to one short hanging rack and a tiny shelf). But, since I got the Clayton satchel, I’ve carried it to work every single day. 

For example, since I had no outside meetings planned today, I paired it with a more relaxed in-the-office look (above). But it also works with when I must wear a suit, plus it’s right at home with jeans and boots. It looks great with everything! Retail $428

In fact, I am busy packing for a trip to Boston this weekend to watch my daughter row in the Head of the Charles regatta. I’ll only be bringing one bag. Can you guess which one?

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

DISCLAIMER: I received the Clayton satchel from Dooney & Burke discussed in this post in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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    That looks like a fabulous bag – nice & roomy and I love the satchel style – much more classic/classier than a big tote/bucket bag. The color goes with everything too! Dooney & Burke has always made such quality pieces – that’s why I suppose they’ve been around all this time – and their style is just classic – it’s definitely a smart investment for all the years you’ll get out of this bag!

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