Worth It: Alexander McQueen's The Bow Bag

The designer's newest bag checks the boxes on both functionality and style.

The Bow Bag
(Image credit: Alexander McQueen)

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With busy days where no two are alike, anywhere and everywhere—from airplanes to sidewalks to coffee shops—can and sometimes does take the shape of a workspace. So more than ever, I'm craving accessories that fit seamlessly into my everyday life. That's especially true for work bags thanks to my hybrid office schedule, which means toting my laptop around with me is now second nature.

McQueen's Fall '22 collection and its new uber-functional bag, The Bow, which debuted at the designer's New York City show last spring, is one of those rare do-it-all investment-worthy accessories. It understands functionality is not a suggestion but a necessity—in the Big Apple and elsewhere. 

Named for it's shape—the leather is sliced and folded to create a bow silhouette—The Bow also nods to the oversized bows adorning McQueen's latest ready-to-wear collection. But unlike the delicate nature of a ribbon, The Bow bag is a sturdy and dependable workhorse. Its roomy interior is ideal for a jam-packed itinerary that includes mobile offices, mom duties, evenings out, and busy travel schedules. Strong and subtly feminine, the Bow comes in classic colors, like black and tan, brighter statement-making greens and red, and neutral seasonal variations like raffia and denim. The large and smaller styles also convert into a crossbody bag for functional over-the-shoulder wear. Who knew something so utilitarian could be so chic?

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Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork