Holiday Gift Guide: Executive Stylists Recommend the Handbags to Give Assistants

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The Midi Sac from local L.A. designer Clare V.; Gucci's GG Marmont Camera mini quilted shoulder bag

Chic and practical ways to show your appreciation at the end of a hard-won year, from three stylists who dress top women in the entertainment industry.

Executive stylists suggest the hottest handbags to give to your assistants, PAs and other industry newcomers who may need to quickly go from day to night on the job — and looked pulled together for all scenarios. 

Stephanie Gisondi-Little

The Composed Co. founder and wardrobe expert to Paramount TV head Nicole Clemens, Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels, ABC showrunner Wendy Mericle and Better Call Saul producer Ann Cherkis, among other high-powered females, has personal experience as a Hollywood assistant and thus knows how it feels to be one receiving a gift that makes her feel “seen." Whether blowing off steam or networking with peers — or both at the same time — the Midi Sac ($325) from local L.A. designer Clare V. suits all tastes and personalities. It’s great day-to-night and fits perfectly into a work tote beside an omnipresent laptop,” says Gisondi-Little. “They sell optional bag accessories, meaning it can be further personalized and its life extended. A Midi Sac shows you hold your assistant and her efforts in high esteem.” Clare V., 619 N. Croft Ave., West Hollywood (323-592-3115)

Dana Asher Levine

“We all know that assistants work very, very hard and make not a lot of money starting out — I know firsthand as one of my kids is currently working their way up the ranks," says Dhstyle Inc.’s self-described clothing therapist Dana Asher Levine. Her clientele includes Fox’s Dana Walden, Nancy Utley and Emma Watts, Shonda Rhimes, ICM’s Chris Silbermann and Kathleen Kennedy, among other industry luminaries. "Mark & Graham’s Daily East/West Leather Tote ($229) is a great gift for an assistant as they are always carrying way too much stuff. This looks effortless and organized, and can go from the office to the weekend," says Asher Levine of the wide silhouette in Camel. 

Abby Arad

As Ghost in the Shell producer Ari Arad’s wife, Abby Arad knows how important transition and flexibility are for an assistant. Working with Paramount president of production Elizabeth Raposo and actors Ike Barinholtz, she identifies Gucci’s GG Marmont Camera mini quilted shoulder bag (available for next-day delivery on Net-A-Porter) as the ideal assistant gift. "This bag is timeless and chic, and goes with everything," Arad says. “It fits all your essentials for daytime and it’s fun and edgy enough for a night out. When your assistant is working crazy hours and doesn’t have time to switch bags for nighttime it’s the perfect transition piece." 

This story first appeared in the Nov. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.