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This season’s prim librarian look reaches its apotheosis with the structured handbag.

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Pierina Borelli for Wilkes Bashford hazelnut Brazilian lizard frame bag, $2,950, at Wilkes Bashford, 375 Sutter St., S.F., 415-986-4380. Bulgari black patent leather and pearled-calf Rossellini bag, $2,300, at Bulgari, 200 Stockton St., S.F., 415-399-9141.

Side story
Clockwise from left: Jil Sander brown textured-leather Half Frame bag, $1,895, at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St., S.F., 415-268-3500. Fendi yellow leather Peekaboo handbag, $3,290, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., S.F., 415-986-0349. Tiffany & Co. Tiffany blue glazed-crocodile top-handle Laurelton bag, $16,500, at Tiffany & Co., 350 Post St., S.F., 415-781-7000.

Alternate ending
Roberta di Camerino beige leather-and-velvet Vintage Baghongi bag, $2,995, at Barneys New York, 77 O’Farrell St., S.F., 415-268-3500. Christian Peau black washed-goatskin frame purse, $650, at Downtown, 55 Maiden Ln., S.F., 415-975-4400.