Hey, fellow bagaholics! Let’s forget all about our concerns for a few minutes and discuss the top designer handbags and trends for 2021.
Now, as a self-proclaimed bag lady, I’m getting more excited than ever before to strut back into the real world carrying one of the hottest bags to hit our version of the Roaring Twenties. The spring collections were full of understated luxury, fashion throwbacks, cute and compact shoulder bags, elegant embellishments, and cheery colors.
Between the relaunch of Gucci’s 1961 Jackie Hobo and the 90’s-inspired Prada’s Cleo Bag, to Louis Vuitton's next big hit and the to-die-for Chanel 19 Flap bag, we’re tracking the trends and hedging our bets on which bags we think will be part of 2021’s IT bag collection.
In 1961, Gucci's hobo shoulder bag was renamed the Jackie O Bag, after Jackie Kennedy Onassis started toting it. The Jackie O Bag was relaunched and updated in 1999 and 2009. And now we’ve got 2021’s version of the bag – say hello to Gucci’s The Jackie 1961 bag which is known for its half-moon shape and features the signature horsebit closure.
A nod to Prada’s most iconic 90’s bags, the Cleo takes its shape and inspiration from the age of grunge and Prada’s insanely popular Tessuto Nylon bag and the Re-Edition. We predict this sleek and structured bag – that’s already been spotted on the shoulders of celebs everywhere – has serious IT bag staying power. While we haven’t gotten our hands on many of the Cleos just yet, we do have many of her inspirational designs in-store and online!
Created by Karl Lagerfeld in 2019, the Chanel 19 bag has already entered into cult and IT bag status. Combining the oversized CC closure with buttery soft quilted leather, an elongated chain strap and top handle, and with goldtone, silver and ruthenium hardware (translation: it goes with everything!) it easily transitions from day-to-night since you can wear it as a crossbody, on your shoulder or carry it in your hand!
The Speedy is one of the most beloved handbags ever created, and with every new artist collaboration and reimaging, it becomes more in-demand than ever before. 2020 and 2021 have introduced us to a few new Speedy designs, like the Crafty, the Game On, the Since 1854 and the LV x UF Urs Fischer collaboration. While the Since 1854 design is a flashback to 1854, it's still too new for us to have in store, but keep your eyes peeled on this re-launch because we predict it's going to be EVERYWHERE.