Here at Who What Wear UK, we’re all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That’s why we’ve created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might’ve forgotten about, prepare for changing-room selfies aplenty. Is there something you’d like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!
While trends, by nature, come and go, designer handbags have long been a coveted investment for those in the know. Certain decades, in particular, have worshipped at the feet of the It bag—just think of the conveyor belt of Paddingtons, saddlebags and logo baguettes that ruled the noughties—yet it has a rich and illustrious history that dates back to the early 20th century with the likes of Hermès and Louis Vuitton.
The last few years might’ve been marred by a slight indifference to the power of the purse, but the tides are a-changing, and the last 12 months have seen a major It bag revival, with an array of designer bags earning the elusive It status. Just look at Jacquemus’s Le Chiquito mini bag which, according to Lyst, generated over 12,500 monthly searches at the end of last year. And who can forget Bottega’s fashion week monopoly with the brand’s oversized leather pouch adorning the arms of the industry’s biggest power players?
Me? I bought my first designer bag in 2017 (a Wandler Hortensia if you’re wondering), and it was a big deal. After all, most of us won’t buy many of these in our lifetime. That’s why I wanted to create an edit of designer bags that you’ll actually want to invest your hard-earned cash in. Of course, there really is no ceiling when it comes to the designer bag price tags, but everyone will have their own budget and specifications. I’ve tried to be as informative as possible, reporting on both practicality and aesthetic while including a range of price points.
So whether you’re looking to treat someone for a big birthday or celebrate a promotion, scroll down to get inspired by the ultimate buy-now-wear-forever bags from the likes of Celine, Gucci, and Mulberry.
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