Fall?s bigger-is-better bags are great for workweek schleps, but on Saturday and Sunday strolls nothing relieves shoulder ache like a dainty downsized purse.
Colourful neoprene and microsuede patches punch up Helen Yamashita + Co.'s micro messenger ($100, Distill, 55 Mill, building #56, 416-304-0033, www.epoh.ca).
This vintage splattered leather purse ($80, Boutique Le Trou, 940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) is dripping with DIY style.
Brittolauson's wooden box bag ($100, Itsmade, 1604 Queen West, 416-844-9193, www.brittolauson.com) snaps shut with a leather lid.
Get a grip on a Cha Cha hand-painted canvas clutch ($59, Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699).
Montreal's Concubine fair-trade-manufactures this wool knit, ring-handle bag ($58, Ma Zone, 63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330, www.concubine.ca) in Vietnam.