Carolina Herrera Baez bags
Courtesy of CH Carolina Herrera
Why did you decide to do this line?
My mother always preferred smaller bags. She's extremely organized; she knows if anything in her bag is out of place [laughs].

So sneaking anything past your mother (at least when it comes to her purse) is out of the question?
Forget about taking $5 and her not noticing!

Does carrying a small purse run in the family?
I like something slightly bigger when I'm with the kids so that I can carry a book and things for them. But this style is good for days that I'm taking the basics and no more.

What size bag is ideal?
I never liked those super-huge bags where you can't find anything—they make you look like you're going to the airport.

What's your handbag philosophy?
Unless you're going to a formal event, bags shouldn't be matchy.
Mini Matryoshka bag, CH Caroline Herrera, $470 each; 212-744-2076. Photo: Courtesy of CH Carolina Herrera