There’s very little that unites the vast array of beautiful designer handbags for 2019 apart from the fact they are, indeed, beautiful designer handbags. These days, rather than one overarching silhouette or finish leading the charge for all bags everywhere, you’ll find that each high-fashion brand has the style that most suits their unique aesthetic. So forget the notion that only satchels can be stylish when shoulder bags are out or that bucket drawstring totes are the only thing to be seen carrying. Trust us—there’s a deluxe bag out there for everyone.
If you like your investments to be loud, flashy and conspicuous, it’s likely you’ll be drawn to Fendi’s new embellished Baguettes. If you’re still adhering to the Phoebe Philo school of hushed luxury, Chloé’s simple shoulder bag may become your new go-to thanks to its minimal detailing and chic “C” logo. It looks like the interest in backpacks has waned slightly, and clutches continue to be a background trend, but the runways of spring/summer 2019 did play host to a wide array of new ideas if you’re looking for something subtle but unusual. Oh, and Chanel’s Side Pack bag and Loewe’s super-luxe basket bags are gunning for most-photographed on Instagram.
Keep reading to discover the chief designer bags of 2019, and then shop a few on them ahead of time…
Finally, our prayers have been answered. The Baguette is back with a big, loud bang. Whether rendered in denim with fluoro stitching or embellished up to its eyeballs in beading, these new Baguettes are not for the shy and retiring. Fashion girls everywhere have been snapping up secondhand versions but now that the brand is re-releasing them, there’s a chance to grab a box-fresh version all over again.
This bag comes in lots of colours and bold prints.
Tapping into that ’90s nostalgia for teeny-tiny shoulder bags, Prada has created the ultimate option for a girl in 2019: the Sidonie. It comes in a vast range of colours and colour-blocked options, with the primary brights looking particularly spectacular both on and off the runway. This style has started for cruise 2019 but continues on into the spring/summer collections, and I have a feeling it will become a collector’s item of the future.
Chloé’s new bag, the Chloé, might be our favourite of the Parisian’s brands many It bags to date. Featuring a jumbo “C” on the front, this elegant new range includes flap-fronted messengers, shoulder bags and clutches in all of those sumptuous, earthy colours you’d associate with a catwalk full of #ChloéGirls.
Mulberry’s Hampstead bag, particularly in the mini size, has already become a favourite amongst influencers. It comes in an array of hues (Scandi girls are opting for pastels; Brits for more neutral tones), but it’s the versatile top-handle and crossbody—along with a statement drawstring—that’s also giving it extra points amongst the fashion set.
CHANEL: SIDE PACK BAG
What’s better than one Chanel bag? Two. There are many magnificent new styles to choose from the spring/summer 2019 seaside-inspired collection, but we have a strong feeling this will be the street styler’s option of choice. The Side Packs are “carried in duo, crossing over each hip introducing a new way of being worn,” according to a press release. They also featured handy little hooks for carrying your summer sandals during those moments where you simply have to go barefoot.
Chanel’s Side Packs will not be available until later in the season (we will keep you posted as to when they are available in-store). This wait does, however, give you plenty of time to decide on a colour and finish…
Following a huge comeback in 2018, it’s no wonder that Dior’s Saddle bag is coming out in many new versions this year, as well as more of the classic styles you’ll know and love. From the instantly recognisable Oblique monogrammed shoulder bag to fresher styles in mini and midi sizes with jazzed-up, embellished straps, there’s a Saddle for all—if you’ve got the money to burn. J’Dior, indeed.
GIVENCHY: MINI GV BUCKET BAG
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Could you be seeing this cute bucket bag on Meghan Markle sometime soon? We hope so. This new design from her favourite British brand, Givenchy, is a truly splendid alternative as an everyday shoulder or crossbody bag, but you can make it look more unusual by carrying it with the handle at the front of the bucket, á la the cruise 2019 lookbook pictured here. It comes in a range of sophisticated colourways that will work with any wardrobe—we can’t decide between green, burgundy, cream or black…
LOUIS VUITTON: NEW WAVE BAG
As seen on the runways and an elite selection of celebrities (such as Chloë Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning), Louis Vuitton’s curvy New Wave bag is now being constantly redesigned as part of the heritage brand’s The Icons collection. There are many colourways from the latest drop, but I have to admit I’m a sucker for the really OTT printed and monogrammed versions, like the option below.
LOEWE: BASKET BAGS
This past summer, Loewe saw a great deal of success with their jumbo, super-luxe, leather logo basket bags—no influencer holiday was complete without one. Creative director Jonathan Anderson has wisely taken this popular style and developed on it even further for spring/summer 2019. You’ll find new versions with cool handle detailing (like the chain option above), alternative straw weaves and even raffia take on the brand’s street style–adored Gate bag.
MIU MIU: CONFIDENTIAL BAG
Miu Miu is known for its pleated matelassé leather finishes, but the velvet Confidential bag has to be the most touchy feeling option to date. With gold hardware, it makes the coolest party option, but thanks to its casual crossbody style, it can be worn with the most low-key outfit too.
GUCCI: ARLI BAG
There are so many coveted styled in Gucci’s handbag famiglia that it can be hard to keep up. All the pieces that have been created under Alessandro Michele still stand up as worthwhile investment pieces, but if you’re looking for the latest and greatest, you need to know about the flap-and-logo–fronted Arli from the cruise 2019 show. It comes in a messenger style, a bowling silhouette and as a crossbody. Take your pick.
CELINE: C BAG
Courtesy of Celine
From the first Celine collection of new creative director Hedi Slimane comes a different era for the French brand’s accessories department. His designs are sturdier and fiercer. Take this already celebrity-endorsed “C” bag as a prime example of what we’re talking about.
As the brand buyers have been raving about (they all fell head-over-heels for the spring 2019 show), you’ll start to see the Paco Rabanne more from here on out. Signature chainmail from the ’60s is being reworked for the modern age, and every cool girl is trying to get their hands on the silver or gold Iconic bags.
MARNI: EARRING BAG
Courtesy of Marni
You might associate Marni’s bags with boxy structures and sharp lines, but there’s a new, more curvaceous style in town, and we’re enjoying the switch up. Marni’s Earring bag is a sleek, compact hobo shoulder bag with a fun zip that snakes down the front with an earring-like zip pull. Simple but still a conversation-starting piece.
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Bottega Veneta this season thanks to the new creative director Daniel Lee, who has debuted two new bags for the house, the Maxi and the Pouch. This oversized slouchy clutch bag was a real hit at fashion month—especially the stone colour Pernille Teisbaek is carrying below.
JW Anderson’s key bag for spring summer 2019 is the Keyts, a classic leather shoulder bag with an interesting gold lock and key fastening on the flap.
Burberry’s leather TB crossbody bag is bound to become a new classic. It’s an elegant and timeless shape, and the TB monogram is a nod to the founder Thomas Burberry. It was designed by the English graphic designer Peter Saville.
Sometimes you want a bag that is simple, rather than flashy, and Saint Laurent’s Talitha is a timeless bucket bag that is resistant to passing trends.
Next up, your guide to the spring/summer 2019 trends.