Buying a designer handbag can be a challenging exercise. It's an investment through and through; generally about the amount you'd pay for rent or a mortgage so choosing wisely is important. You don't want something that you'll find all over Instagram (the same Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy and Celine bags over and over) but something that will make a statement about who you are. That you're a bit of a non-conformist; ready and willing to stand out.

So when I discovered this purple Valentino at Holt Renfrew, I knew it was the one. While it's a 'Rockstud,' it's a very rare design that you can't find everywhere - you can barely find it online. And that, plus its amazingly soft, supple leather face, is worth it.