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Today officially marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey! My son was born in the Year of the Golden Monkey, so I’m naturally biased towards this sign. Monkeys are most creative and intelligent, and they’re also known for being playful, enthusiastic, and highly social. This is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, and it’s being said anything can happen in 2016, particularly when it comes to personal endeavors. Might I suggest acquiring a new bag as your first personal endeavor of the new year? I’ve picked a bag for every creature in the Chinese zodiac, so match yours to your birth year or snap one up that matches your own spirit animal:
The Monkey: Paula Cademartori Petit Faye Suede Embroidered Leather Bag
Frisky, fun, and attention-grabbing: This cheeky top handle may feature another jungle animal entirely, but any Monkey would love this combination of flirty color and tempting textures. On Luisa via Roma for $1,875.
The Ox: Chanel Quilted Classic Medium Flap Bag
Stubborn yet steadfast, the Ox doesn’t play into trends and sticks with the classics. Enter the most classic bag of all: the quilted Chanel flap bag is an investment staple no Ox will regret in the future – and that’s just how the Ox likes to shop. On The Real Real for $2,650.
The Rooster: VBH Brera 32 Crocodile Satchel Bag
The flashiest of the signs, the confident Rooster is also the hardest, most resourceful worker and will find seeds on the barest of grounds. Which is why she can put her mind to saving up for a seriously decadent crocodile bag in crimson red. Let’s all be more like the Rooster! At Neiman Marcus for $18,850.
The Snake: Fendi 2Jours Small Textured-Leather Shopper
The Snake is said to be the most beautiful and enticing of the Chinese astrology signs. She’s also the most lethal if crossed. Enter the eternally alluring Fendi 2Jours bag. In black textured leather with sleek gold accents, this mini tote is deceptively dangerous. On NET-A-PORTER for $1,900.
The Dragon: Loewe Large Logo-Embossed Clutch Bag
The noblest of the signs, Dragons are known to possess plenty of dignity and be predisposed to luck and success. No color speaks of those qualities like gold, and Loewe’s subtly logo-adorned metallic clutch is fit for an empress. Or a Dragon, for that matter. At Neiman Marcus for $650.
The Pig: Balenciaga Papier Zip-Around Belt Bag
The Pig is said to be one of the luckiest signs to be born under; my brother is a Pig, and I can vouch for that! While warm and friendly, they can also sometimes be lazy, making a belt bag a convenient (though still chic) choice. At Barneys New York for $895.
The Rabbit: Christian Dior Vintage ‘Lady Dior’ Tote
Noble and elegant, my grandmother was the epitome of her sign: the Rabbit. A Lady tote for a lady? It couldn’t be more apt. On Farfetch for $3,899.
The Horse: Marni Fringe Flat Hobo
The most daring of the signs, horses are hard to tie down, so their bags should be just as ready for adventure. At Barneys New York for $2,590.
The Rat: Bottega Veneta Large Double-Strap A-Shape Tote Bag
True to the sign, these women are pack rats, making large totes a must. At Bergdorf Goodman for $3,950.
The Dog: Fendi Bag Bugs Nylon Backpack
Playful and eager to please, Dogs make the best kind of friends. On MATCHESFASHION.com for $1.669.
The Tiger: Prada Vitello Daino Perforated Chain Shoulder Bag
With its ability to imbue luck, red is the best color to wear over Chinese New Year, especially for fearless leaders like Tigers who favor bold colors. At Neiman Marcus for $3,180.
The Sheep: Mansur Gavriel Coral Suede Envelope Flat Clutch
Much like kind and gentle Sheep, this suede Mansur Gavriel bag will win everyone over with its soft touch and quiet beauty. On Moda Operandi for $695.
Pictured in Photo: Chloé Gabrielle Metallic Clutch Bag and Alice + Olivia ‘Kelsie’ Bead Embroidery Cardigan