11 Quiet-Luxury Bags That Are Low-Key, Anti-Trend, and Peak Cool


The Luxury List is a monthly column on all things luxury, exploring cult items from heritage brands, tapping the foremost experts in the fashion space, and doing deep dives into the investment pieces that are worth it.

Conversations about designer handbags typically revolve around one specific phrase “It bags.” That saying has, however, recently been replaced with “quiet-luxury bags” that combine ease, subtlety, and quality craftsmanship without prominent logos. Such discussions are unfolding everywhere, from our editor Slack channels to TikTok to The Wall Street Journal. But this isn’t to say these bags are completely unidentifiable despite a lack of branding. Rather, they have details such as signature clasps and unique silhouettes that only astute fashion observers would recognize.

Though there are a number of cult bags that fall into the camp of quiet luxury, Savette is a noteworthy newcomer. According to Net-a-Porter Market Director Libby Page, sleek silhouettes from Savette resonate with shoppers, making it one of the only brands to successfully break into the luxury-bag market across the retailer in a long time. This signals a rise in the quiet-luxury category overall, as the label joins the leagues of investment brands such as Hermès, Khaite, Celine, and Prada that are as quiet as they are cool. Here, see the low-key luxury bags primed to be in your closet for many years ahead.

Savette is one of the breakout brands of the last several years. As the brainchild of founder and designer Amy Zurek, it is known for logoless bags finished with the brand’s signature metal hardware.

Inconspicuous, elegant, and unrecognizable except for the subtle “T” clasp, Toteme’s T-Lock bag is one of the most notable bag launches in recent memory.

The Prada Re-Edition 1995 bag was famously carried by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, a fashion icon known for her quiet-luxury style. Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons ushered the timeless bag back into the fashion space, making it an investment buy worth owning.

At Khaite, Cate Holstein designs pieces for New York women. Among them is the Olivia bag, a style that masters the balance of simplicity and modern cool.

With Matthieu Blazy at the helm of Bottega Veneta, the brand has reached a new level of buzz and distilled some of its archival design elements (including woven leather) into some truly seasonless bags, including the Arco Tote.

Hermès bags are famous for their long waiting lists and mysterious buying practices as much as they’re known for their cult status among fashion’s most in-the-know insiders. Kelly bags, in particular, are a style practically free of branding and known for their expert craftsmanship.

The metal clasp on Celine’s Triomphe bags takes inspiration from the metal chain surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Otherwise, the bag retains clean and sleek lines, making it a seasonless, functional, and beautiful piece.

Like the city it’s named for, Saint Laurent’s Manhattan bag is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless.

Named after Lee Radziwill, the eponymous Tory Burch bag mirrors the late fashion icon’s style with its structured silhouette, top handle, and timeless design.

The ’90s are defined by pared-down minimalism. That has been distilled into The Row’s ’90s bag, an unfussy, simple leather baguette in such high demand it now requires a preorder and a months-long wait to receive one.

With a line of expertly crafted travel-inspired luxury leather goods, London-based brand Métier should be on your radar for timeless pieces to bring on a flight or road trip.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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