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The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

From covetable classics to future icons, this is your guide to this season's best handbags

This season’s best handbags list sees reimagined classics with a contemporary twist reign, such as Fendi’s Peekaboo and Saint Laurent’s Cassandra. But there are also new brands making waves in the fashion world too, such Telfar, the black-owned, gender-neutral label whose Shopper became the sell-out It-Bag of choice of the year for discerning millennials in Brooklyn. Here, is our edit of the covetable handbags beloved by fashion editors that are set to become future classics.

Loewe
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Balloon
£1,800
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

Another cult hit from creative director Jonathan Anderson, this beautifully crafted bucket-style Balloon bag already counts Sienna Miller, Dua Lipa and Chloë Sevigny as fans. The covetable bucket bag comes in small, medium and large sizes and has arrived in contrasting earthy hues this season.

Saint Laurent
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Cassandra
£1,580
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

The latest iteration of the Cassandra bag, with its structured box shape and pivoting YSL monogram closure, features a leather top handle this season, in addition to its detachable shoulder strap.

Gucci
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
1955 Horsebit
£1,670
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

Based on archival designs, the Gucci 1955 Horsebit bag incorporates the classic lines introduced by the house over six decades ago with Gucci’s iconic monogrammed print and distinctive gold equestrian hardware. A special mechanism that adjusts the length of the strap so it can be carried on the shoulder or cross body, gives a modern twist to this timeless classic.

Celine
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Triomphe
£2,100
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

This fashion-girl favourite – which comes in three sizes Teen, Medium and Large and in multiple colourways and materials – features the luxury fashion house’s emblematic logo, the intertwined Cs originally created by founder Celine Vipiana in 1973, which here act as a clasp, complementing the bag’s sleek, structured silhouette. 

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Dior
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Bobby
£2,700
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

Named after Monsieur Dior’s beloved dog Bobby, this elegantly curved hobo-style satchel handbag comes in an array of colours and the house’s Oblique canvas.

Bottega Veneta
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Chain Cassette
£2,800
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

A fresh take on Bottega’s signature intrecciato weave, this time with padded strips of leather for a puffy silhouette and featuring an adjustable chunky chain-link strap.

Louis Vuitton
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Pont 9
£2,680
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

A loving homage to the oldest bridge in Paris, the LV Pont Neuf features the exclusive 1930s archived Louis Vuitton Circle, a signature reinterpreted by Nicolas Ghesquière.

Fendi
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Peekaboo
£3,250
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

This 2020 update on Fendi’s classic design sees the Peekaboo retain its twist lock, but add a sofa pink nappa leather lining and removable, customisable inner pocket.

Alexander McQueen
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
The Story
£1,850
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

With its glossy gold hardware and detachable chain strap, the capacious The Story is designed to be worn as both a clutch, and as a shoulder bag.

Telfar
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020
Shopper
£247
The Handbag Edit: Fashion editor approved investment bags of 2020

Black-owned, non-gendered New York fashion project Telfar first launched its Shopping Bag (a.k.a the ‘Bushwick Birkin’) in 2014, but 2020 was the year it transformed into an It-Bag. Made of 100% vegan leather, these bags have been constantly sold out this season, but Farfetch currently have stock, so move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

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