Admittedly, the handbag was on hiatus for much of 2020, forced into an early retirement – or at least, a sabbatical – at the back of the wardrobe. No one needs a bag to ferry their lip balm from the kitchen table to the kettle. But you can bet it’s back with a vengeance for fall. Bolstered by a raft of autumn/winter 2021 bag trends (and healthy Q1 leather goods revenues) it’s ready to dutifully house your bobby pins alongside a crushed bag of peanut butter M&Ms, your cotton mask, tissues, cards, keys and Dr Bronner’s lavender-scented, organic hand sanitiser (it’s the best).
Whether you’re carrying it over your shoulder or in the crook of your arm – or, perhaps if you’re a Gucci fan, you’ll be strapping yours to an equestrian-style torso harness, complete with horsebit – your bag could be interpreted as a reflection of your personal analysis of the Covid-19 threat. Going for a super maxi tote? You’re either paranoid or deeply prepared. Opting for a teeny tiny top-handle bag? You’re ready to mingle, buoyed by a vaccination card and your underused house keys.
We’re joking, of course. But there is a middle ground in the form of the cuddle bag, a texture-laden style, perhaps trimmed with shearling or woolly strands, that can be clutched to one’s body with exquisite tenderness. Emphasis on exquisite – the craftsmanship boasted by these guys merits a closer look. And then there are the non-movers: the disco-ready pouches, the chain-handle shoulder bags, the house classics.
Scroll on for a first look at the autumn/winter 2021 bag trends to know now.
1. Back to Business Tote
2. Chain, Chain, Chain!
3. Puff me up
4. The Multi-Tasker
5. Glitz & Glam
6. Micro Magic
7. Moc Croc
8. Classics Revived
9. The Baguette
10. The Belt Bag
Original article appeared on Vogue UK | Author Ellie Pithers