We’re on the tail-end of summer, which means the latest bag drops are happening right now. Shopping between seasons is the perfect time to find a bag that works year-round. It’s when designers like Loewe, Chanel, and Gucci release season-less styles in mixed materials, prints, and more.
From silhouettes sourced directly from atelier archives to decidedly modern shapes, we count down the newest designer it-bags worth the investment.
Louis Vuitton just dropped its Crafty capsule collection, which means you're likely to see it everywhere very soon. The statement print, evoking a freeform marker drawing, gives artsy spin to Louis Vuitton's best-selling silhouettes. You can cop this print on an LV Speedy, but these days we're partial to the sleek Onthego convertible tote.
Prada's iconic nylon bags, first introduced in the '90s, have made an undeniable comeback, and we don't see their technical fabric losing popularity any time soon. The brand has been reissuing classic styles—like this 2000 shoulder tote you've seen all over Instagram—but the latest is our favorite to date. The update has a removable chainlink strap that can be worn both across the shoulder, or be handheld from the tough, top-handle clasp.
This handbag is a Venn Diagram center where Chanel lovers and goths collide. Reworking the Parisian house's classic flap bag in a moody purple, this subtle update will be sitting pretty in your closet for years to come. It also offers a genius solution for those of us who can never choose between gold and silver hardware: Why not both?
Get ready for the newest it-throwback. Gucci is revisiting The Jackie, which made its comeback on the Fall 2020 runway. Often seen on by Jackie Kennedy in the '60s—hence its name—the shoulder tote is our top suggestion for practical types. From a wearable shape that fits comfortable under your arm to its timeless GG Supreme print, The Jackie is well-deserving of a renaissance.
Balenciaga's Classic city bag turns twenty this year, a testament to its enduring style. To celebrate, Balenciaga traded in its tabloid-friendly slouchy shape once loved by Kate Moss for a more structured body. True to Demna Gvasalia's futuristic eye, the New Classic is being released in a croc-embossed neon orange that feels more 2020 than 2000.
Long live Fendi Baguettes. The Italian house's most recognizable bag shape will always be on our list of must-own designer bags, but they're made even more special if you can find it in a zany edition. The 2000s saw Baguettes reworked in crochet pompoms and fringe sequins, and we're happy to report that the maximalist look continues with this new, beaded style from Fendi's California Sky collection.
If you're looking for your next *forever* crossbody, i.e. the bag you'll wear for the rest of your life, look to Saint Laurent's newest style. The Solferino combines heritage with modernity for a look that's both 'stolen from your mother's closet' and fresh off the runway.
We always appreciate Coach's design nods to its past. The brand balances heritage silhouettes with modern needs—like expandable interiors and a detachable shoulder strap. This denim chambray is a fabric you won't be too precious about wearing on the daily.
We might not be heading back to the office anytime soon, but you can still be all business with Celine's newest satchel. The recently launched bag is a complement to the '16' series first created by Hedi Slimane, his first handbag for the brand in 2018. This softer style, made of supple calfskin leather, is a new closet staple.
You can't go wrong with choosing a classic like a Birkin or Kelly, but the New Drag is a solid Hermès alternative with just as much staying power. Reminiscent of the house's original Drag bag designed by Robert Dumas in the 1960s, this version has been updated in supple camel-colored leather and a lock detail on the front.