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The In Box by Susan Martin: Handle with flair

t’s never too early to start looking at spring handbags. In fact, it may not be too early to begin carrying one. • Unlike strappy sandals and lightweight fabrics, some spring handbags can be enjoyed before the weather warms for good. • Here are some of the styles retailers are showing in their spring collections – either available now or coming soon.

Color-blocked: Flap-front leather shoulder bag from Talbots features a smart combination of indigo blue, dark sapphire and white. Available online at, $139.

Nice contrast: Two styles from the Material Girl collection at Macy’s will get you where you’re going in style. Priced $36, left, and $28.

Chain reaction: Color-blocked cross-body bag features a snake-print belt and removable shoulder strap. Priced $98 at Ann Taylor,, in a color called “foggy morning.”

Fresh squeezed: Lighten up with the lime Cosmopolitan tote, left, $50, or cross-body bag, $35. At select J.C. Penney stores.

Pretty in print: The Croft & Barrow “Breakaway” hobo, originally priced $49, is shown in a midnight floral print. At select Kohl’s stores,