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Fashion “IT” Bags That Defined Each Year Since 2000

How does a handbag become an “IT” bag, you ask. By definition the handbag is high priced, has to become so popular & a must-have that everyone & anyone in the fashion world wants one. Below are the “IT” handbags that defined each year from 2000.

2010: The Balenciaga ‘Motorcycle’
Designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, The Balenciaga Motorcycle bag started out as a prototype for a runway show. The models & fashionistas thought it was vintage & loved it as it had no logo, which was rare for a designer bag. The ‘Motorcycle’ bag used only soft leather & had studs, buckles & zippers. It was released in 2007 but due to its star power, it stayed around till early 2010.

The Balenciaga 'Motorcycle' bagThe Balenciaga ‘Motorcycle’ AUD$3150

2011: The Céline ‘Luggage’  
The Celine Luggage was launched in 2009. It was Pheobe Philo debut collection at Celine. Over the years there has been many sizes (Nano, Micro & Mini) and comes in many colors & material combinations.

The Céline 'Luggage' bagThe Céline ‘Luggage’ bag AUD$3250

2012: The Givenchy ‘Antigona’ 
Designed by Riccardo Tisci and released in 2011, this bag became one of Givenchy’s most iconic styles, famous for its unique trapezoid design. It’s made from textured black leather and rolled leather top handles. It is roomy enough for your work or weekend essentials.

The Givenchy 'Antigona' bagThe Givenchy ‘Antigona’ bag AUD$3300

2013: The Céline ‘Trio’
The Céline ‘Trio’ is a simple & minimalist bag, it’s very practical in that it has three compartments that can come unattached. It was introduced in 2011 and comes in two different sizes, large & small. This is one of those bags that has come popular, so you may want to invest in one.

The Céline 'Trio' bagThe Céline ‘Trio’ bag AUD$1550

2014: The Saint Laurent ‘Sac de Jour’ 
The Sac de Jour translates to ‘bag of the day’ was created by Hedi Slimane. It’s inspired & is the modern take of the Birkin. This bag is minimal and practical and has been designed with two top handles and a detachable shoulder strap for ease of use which makes it the perfect everyday bag. This bag comes in 4 different sizes (Nano, Baby, Small & Medium) and a wide range of leather and materials.

The Saint Laurent 'Sac de Jour' nano bagThe Saint Laurent ‘Sac de Jour’ Nano bag AUD$2500

2015: The Louis Vuitton ‘Twist’
Reinvented by Nicolas Ghesquière, the Louis Vuitton Twist bag was originally a Trapèze clutch, a flat bag in Epi leather whose lock featured the interlaced letters “L” and “V” to form the initials LV. This updated version is much roomier, thanks to its “wave” base & you can wear the strap across the body or on the shoulder. You twist the L into the V to open the bag, how ingenious.

The Louis Vuitton 'Twist' bagThe Louis Vuitton ‘Twist’ AUD$5500

2016: The Gucci ‘Marmont’
Designed by Alessandro Michele, the Gucci Marmont is actually a collection of soft matteless leather bags that include totes, shoulder bags, bucket bags, circular shapes and mini designs. I did not know this, I thought it was just one bag.  The bag pictured below is the small shoulder bag made from matelassé quilted leather.

The Gucci 'Marmont'The Gucci ‘Marmont’ AUD$3175

2017: The Loewe ‘Puzzle’
Designed by Jonathan Anderson, the Puzzle bag’s ergonomic origami-style shape folds down until it is completely flat and comes in different shapes and block colours. It can also be worn in five different ways: from shoulder bag to clutch. The whole bag is handmade and was first seen at the Men’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Since its launch, it has also been part of the women’s collection. As seen below, for Spring 2020 Loewe has updated & collaborated with Paula’s Ibiza.

Loewe + Paula's Ibiza Puzzle color-block textured-leather shoulder bagLoewe + Paula’s Ibiza Puzzle bag AUD$3850

2018: The Dior ‘Saddle’
First conceived by John Galliano in 1999, the cowboy inspired bag debuted in Dior’s Spring/Summer 2000 collection. The bag was meant to be worn short strapped and under the arms. A few years passed & production of the bag ceased until celebrities dusted out their vintage Dior Saddle bags & started carrying them. As with all fashion trends, the 1990’s was back in fashion and the current creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri has re-imagined the saddle bag making it more roomier. It is available in more colors & designs.

The Dior 'Saddle' bagThe Dior ‘Saddle’ USD$3600

2019: The Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’
Designed by Daniel Lee when he first become creative director at Bottega Veneta in 2018. The Pouch, as it known has no logo, no shoulder strap, oversized and voluminous so you actually have to carry the bag in your hands.

The Bottega Veneta 'Pouch'The Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’ AUD$3730

I know these bags are out of reach for the every day person like you or me unless you have a rich husband or you’ve stopped buying coffee to save for one of these bags.

If you had to choose, which one of these “IT” bags would you buy, for me it would be the Saddle Bag. Let me know in the comments.

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