At the beginning of the year, we already knew which designer bags were going to dominate in 2020. How did we predict correctly? Well, it’s a lot more than just guesswork. We spend time speaking to brands and buyers and looking at what’s trending in the fashion industry to see which bags are going to come out on top during the year. Of course, cult buys and new brands can emerge at any moment, surprising even the most seasoned of fashion buyers and editors, but there are certain styles that will still be considered solid investments even at the end of 2020.
That said, we didn’t know the pandemic was coming and the financial implications of that on the fashion industry and personal budgets. But you can’t keep a good bag down. Case in point: global fashion search platform Lyst revealed that over the past few months the Telfar shopping bag has been at the top of the most-wanted items list. The tote beat the Marine Serre crescent moon stretch top (worn by Adele and Beyoncé) and the sold-out Prada to the top spot. Clearly, bags are still something we all care about, even when we’re not using them as much.
So which other handbags have made an impact on the year? There’s Chanel’s 19 that just might become as iconic as the legendary 2.55 bag, and Bottega Veneta is set to have a year just as golden as the last. Every buyer I spoke to told me they just can’t order enough Bottega bags. There’s also Katie Holmes’s favourite label Khaite, which has released a practical tote that makes teeny-tiny mini bags look sillier than ever.
A mood we are seeing across the fashion world for winter 2020 is a desire for classic, timeless pieces, and fashion houses such as Gucci and Celine are definitely applying this approach to their accessory departments, delving through the archive to create handbags that will be just as loved in 2020 as they would in 1950. Keep scrolling to see the biggest handbags from Chanel, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and more this year so far.