You know it’s Chinese New Year when the festive decorations are up, your food cabinet is well-stocked with snacks, and your married friends and family are busying themselves with filling red packets.

House visitations and dinner events are also filling up your schedule. While CNY visits are all about spending time with loved ones, we can’t deny that receiving red packets is a major highlight as well. And we have just the right bags to store your angpows: Crossbody bags.

Crossbody bags are conveniently small but they have a spacious enough interior and most of them have multiple compartments. Unlike a clutch, crossbody bags also come with either an attached or detachable strap. With the long strap attached, you’ll be able to easily store your red packets and gifts during CNY. Hook it over one shoulder or sling it across your torso — either way your hands will stay free for food, drinks and red packets.

These stylish bags come in various shapes, too. While rectangular ones are common, a number of brands are putting out more intricate and unconventional options such as bucket bags. Here’s a range of crossbody bags that will match well with your new CNY outfits.

1
Burberry's small embossed leather messenger bag

Carry your red packets in this wide messenger bag, which is fashioned in Italian tanned textured leather and comes with convenient exterior and interior pockets. There’s even a wide shoulder strap, so you can keep your hands free. The bag is completed with Burberry lettering embossed on the front.

Burberry small embossed leather messenger bag, RM4,695

2
Longchamp's Mademoiselle

A classic piece from Longchamp, Mademoiselle now comes in an XS version and three brand new colours: Orange, khaki and natural. This bag features the line’s signature clasp, enamelled wax stamp and wide strap.

Longchamp Mademoiselle, RM4,615

3
Fendi's Mini Kan I

This iconic Fendi bag colour comes in an auspicious crimson hue, and features scallop shaped edges crafted in red leather. The front flap is decorated with elegant studs in different dimensions and shades of pink.

Fendi’s Mini Kan I, price upon request

4
Coach's Rouge 25 with floral bow print

The design of this flowery bag is inspired by free spirits, rebels, and dreamers. Coach’s Rouge bags are named as the go-anywhere bag — and that’s good enough for your red packet collection sessions.

Coach Rouge 25 with floral bow print in chalk, RM3,600

5
Salvatore Ferragamo's Sofia Rainbow

The Sofia Rainbow bag is the updated version of Ferragamo’s iconic best-seller, the Florentine Maison. Now the bag is designed to look cleaner and more classy — making it a real masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship. Inside it are multicoloured compartments that pay homage to the legendary Rainbow sandal.

Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Rainbow, priced from RM9,590

Jolin Lee
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Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.