Essential Spring Bags That Perfectly Pair With Your Cocktail

Photo cred: Eliane Awada

If you’re anything like us, you take your bag game as seriously as, well, just about anything. Your collection may range from backpacks to clutches; from designer classics to cheap scores from your exotic travels.

Same could be said about your drinking style. You like to mix it up; no Long Island Ice Teas here. You take pride in the fact that you are a grown ass woman who can down four negronis at happy hour and still wake up for your 7am Soul Cycle.

Because we know that you appreciate life’s guiltiest pleasures equally, we partnered with handbag newcomer, OWEN, to accessorize a few of their bags with their cocktail counterparts. This is how we suggest pairing these flawless beauties.

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Photo cred: Eliane Awada

Photo cred: Eliane Awada

It’s Monday and you have a serious business lunch on your Google Calendar. You’re pitching something big — YUGE! And nothing screams “invest in me” quite like OWEN’s Emma bag. Pair that with a fancy Manhattan variant, and you’ll be showing them who’s boss without even having to say a thing.

Recommended Cocktail: The Stockholm Syndrome

Rye, Peach-Apricot Amaro, Scandavian Fernet, Italian Off-Dry Vermouth

1.75 Overholt Rye

.5 dimmi

.25 Salmiakka Dala Scandanavian Fernet

.75 Mancino Bianco Ambrato

(2.25 batch and 3/4 mancino bianco ambrato)

stirred, served in a coupe- cherry garnish

Recommended Power Brunch Destination: The Four Seasons Restaurant


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Photo cred: Eliane Awada

Photo cred: Eliane Awada

It’s Wednesday night. You’ve had the longest work week EVER, and a beer won’t cut it. You call your girlfriends and say, “I need a strong drink and I want it to wash down an equally satisfying steak.” Your bag of choice: the Ava bag. It’s kind of your way of telling the world “Don’t fuck with me, I’m not in the mood for you right now” but in a “Relax, I’ll email you back tomorrow” kind of way. Think Naomi Campbell circa 1991.

Recommended Cocktail: The Threetini


Dolin dry

Float laphroaig 10yr

Garnish with additional lemon zest

Recommended Wednesday Night Destination: Bowery Meat Company


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Photo cred: Eliane Awada

Photo cred: Eliane Awada

It’s Friday night and you just collected your bi-monthly paycheck. You’re feeling good. You know you have a little money to burn, and you have no intention on holding back. OWEN’s Mini Noelle bag in perforated black leather is that bag for letting loose. That gunmetal strap will even have you feeling like it’s time to hit da club. And who are you to fight it? YOU JUST GOT PAID. Pair that with a little mezcal in your cup, and you’ll be getting down to “work, work, work” before you know it.

Recommended Drink: Refinery 1969

Singani 69, Mezcal, Passionfruit, Fermented Pineapple, Lime

.5 Singani 69

.5 Fidencio Mezcal

.5 Tepache

.5 Passionfruit Syrup

.75 Lime juice

(1.5 batch, .5 passion fruit, .75 lime)

shaken, served in a coupe, garnish with a pineapple leaf

Recommended Destination: Tijuana Picnic (downstairs)


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Photo cred: Eliane Awada

Photo cred: Eliane Awada

It’s Sunday. Your mom’s in town, she hates when you wear black. You want to make her happy because otherwise you won’t hear the end of it. The OWEN Eva bag is a gorgeous shade of mint green which is, dare we say it, the perfect spring tone. Match that with a peach-colored cocktail, and she’ll be thrilled you’ve finally injected a little color into your life.

Recommended Cocktail: Fo Yo Soul

Vodka, Peach, Velvet Falernum, Lime, Shisho, Orange Bitters

.5 vodka

.5 high west peach vodka

.5 velvet falernum

2 lime wedges, 1 shisho leaf

(1.5 batch, add the lime and shisho to the shaker, and top with prosecco, dash orange)

Shake and strain into a wine glass with fresh ice, top with 2 oz prosecco, garnish with additional shisho leaf.

Recommended Destination: Rosemary’s


All featured cocktails can be found at The Garret, West Village. Recipes courtesy of Grant Wheeler. 

Photography by Eliane Awada


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