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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.