Like most of us, designer Phillip Lim could use more hours in his day—seven more, to be exact. Contending with a mere 24, he still managed to create the ‘31 Hour’, a chic transitional tote that can be carried from early-morning exercise class to after-work dinner and drinks. “I didn’t want to put another bag on the market that looked great, but didn’t really work with the lives we all lead,” says Lim. Cut from a supple calfskin, the bag’s genius is in its versatility: one minute it’s a roomy shopper with space to lug a laptop; the other, a folded envelope clutch, compact enough to maneuver a cocktail party. If only everything were so easy, we wouldn’t need 31 hours.

Photography by Zoe Ghertner