After weeks spent researching the hottest designer bags that hit the market in 2023, one thing is evident: We’re in a historic era of fashion.
Micro and mini bags — which have been trending for a New York minute —
are uber popular and show no signs of slowing down. And it’s no secret that crescent moon-inspired silhouettes top the list of most-wanted bags. Even better are minis that easily transform into other silhouettes. Ralph Lauren’s Polo ID, for example, goes from saddle to croissant-shaped with just a few adjustments.
That said, roomier, ’70s-esque hobo styles and even maxi totes are making their way into the mix again, signifying the return of the 2000s-era jumbo bag. Moreover, functional, structured designs like Prada’s boxy Re-Edition 1995, Gucci’s archival Diana tote, and Mulberry’s Bayswater are popping up more and more.
Though there’s no shortage of new designs to appreciate, reissues from the ’90s and early aughts continue to be prevalent. In fact, many new bags on the market have been influenced by years past. Givenchy’s Kenny bag, for example, features ’40s-inspired draping that’s undeniably reminiscent of croissant bags that were ubiquitous roughly 20 years ago.
Furthermore, puffer bags (see Loewe’s latest) and styles with statement handles, like Bottega Veneta’s Sardine bag, continue to be a part of the conversation. All in all, there’s a bounty of beautiful options to from.
Ahead, I’ve provided all the details on the designer bags
that’ll continue to dominate. Get ready, because these 26 bags are about to be everywhere. 1 Bottega Veneta The Hop
Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato weave (including Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber) will adore the latest woven offering from the brand: The Hop.
Though the accessory was released in August 2023, creative director Matthieu Blazy dug into the archives for its design. Blazy took inspiration from the label’s 2002 hobo bag — the result is a semi-trapezoidal shape with the same slouchy sensibilities as its predecessors.
2 Ralph Lauren Polo ID Mini Shoulder Bag
Since Ralph Lauren released its Polo ID collection last September, the bags have become somewhat of a sensation, particularly its shape-shifting mini shoulder bag. The saddle silhouette item has
since been released in leather, satin, herringbone, and embellished options.
Its newest iteration — in luxe suede with leather trimmings — evokes the label’s equestrian roots (and squarely fits the “quiet luxury” aesthetic dominating TikTok). The best part about this bag? Its adjustable swivel clasps you can hook together to create a trendy, croissant-shaped wristlet. It’s practically two bags in one.
3 Miu Miu Hobo Bag
Since its debut on Miu Miu’s Fall 2022 runway, the croissant-shaped Wander bag has been the chosen arm candy of many it girls including Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, and Sydney Sweeney, who fronted the bag’s campaign. But its biggest fan is perhaps Hailey Bieber, who’s been
spotted carrying the purse on several occasions.
Available in two sizes, the playful accessory is crafted in the Italian brand’s signature matelassé motif, giving it a quilted, pillowy look (a
major trend this year). In addition to the classic Nappa leather, the Wander is also available in regenerated nylon and wicker in a plethora of hues. 4 Diesel 1DR
You’ve likely already seen the buzzy
Diesel 1DR bag on A-listers, especially since it's been touted by the likes of Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, and Julia Fox, among others. Though the structured shoulder bag has been widely embraced since its introduction in Diesel’s Fall 2022 show, its fame has continued well into 2023.
Luckily, fans won’t run out of options to shop, as it comes in a wide range of colors — all with the enlarged “D.” Materials include standout fabrics like mirrored leather, denim, and rhinestone-encrusted.
5 Valentino Rockstud23 The Rockstud — the edgy, spiky look Valentino popularized in the 2010s — is making its comeback via a new incarnation: the Rockstud23. Don’t believe me? Florence Pugh, the label’s newest ambassador, has already cosigned it.
One of the biggest differences between the newly-launched iteration and its predecessors is that the new style’s studs come in the same hue as the bag (versus the older gold hardware) giving it a cleaner, more contemporary look. Though it comes in black, cream, and an edgy mirrored silver, the accessory is also available in the famous Valentino Pink PP.
6 Ganni Bou Bag
know Ganni has a cult following. Now, the Bou bag — its latest release — will surely rack up its own adoring fans. The angular, hexagonal bag only dropped in stores in April, but it’s already making waves.
The structural accessory, topped with a braided handle, is a stunning statement piece that can be purchased in an assortment of solid hues. It’s also made from recycled leather and Ohoskin (orange and cactus leather).
7 JW Anderson Bumper Bag JW Anderson’s Bumper Bag is another favorite among celebrities and fashion editors. Since its unveiling at the brand’s Spring 2022 show, the puffy leather bag has reached a cult-level following.
Available in a plethora of attention-grabbing color combinations, you’ll find that certain colors (like bubblegum pink and baby blue) lend a cheeky, cartoonish quality. And if the classic baguette shape doesn’t strike you, perhaps the rounded
Bumper Moon will. 8 Louis Vuitton Over the Moon Bag
Selena Gomez’s new go-to, Louis Vuitton’s Over the Moon bag is likely to rise in popularity for 2023. The quilted, calf leather style speaks to the crescent-shaped bag trend that’s all the rage right now.
Introduced in summer 2022 as a part of the house’s playful Bubblegram collection, it’s embroidered with puffy LV monogramming throughout. In addition to classic black and white, other colorways include light purple, banana yellow, bright pink, and icy blue.
9 Loewe Puffer Goya Bag
For Fall 2022, Loewe gave its iconic bags the puffer treatment, padding its staple Goya silhouette with goose feathers to achieve a deliciously cushy appearance. The hallmark gold-tone 'Anagram' logo and a detachable chain strap add edge to the softened design.
Carry it as a clutch or sling it over your shoulder — either way, it’ll add something
extra to your look. Options include camel, cherry red, butter, burgundy, and dark chocolate. 10 Bottega Veneta Sardine Top Handle Bag
Bottega Veneta’s Sardine debuted on the runway at creative director Matthieu Blazy’s first Fall 2022 show. It has since been spotted on the arms of Kendall Jenner, Dua Lipa, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
The slouchy pouch bag features the brand’s signature intrecciato weave and is named for its unique, fish-shaped handle. Blazy unveiled several new hues for spring, including a fresh lemon yellow take — styles you’ll undoubtedly see all over this year.
11 Celine Chain Shoulder Matelasse Bag
Celine’s latest it bag, the Chain Shoulder Matelasse, debuted at the brand’s Winter 2022 ‘Dans Paris’ show. Following its release, a slew of celebs like Emma Roberts, Paris Hilton, and Kaia Gerber have been seen toting the versatile logo-flap bag.
Featuring a sleek, quilted finish and a gold-tone chain strap, it’s offered in a selection of neutrals. So far, the black design seems to be the most popular and is likely to dominate your feed. I have a hunch this one will be sticking around for quite a while.
12 Tom Ford Mini Bianca Top Handle Bag
Similar to Bottega’s Sardine, Tom Ford’s Bianca Mini Hobo Bag features a sculptural statement handle as the focal point. The shoulder bag comes in a wide variety of colors and materials, including metallics and a cozy shearling iteration. Miley Cyrus has donned a glossy black crocodile leather Bianca. Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid are also notable fans.
13 Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Shoulder Bag
Identified by its piston closure, the archival hobo bag debuted in the ‘50s, but was made famous in the ‘70s when carried constantly by Jackie Kennedy. Gucci renamed the bag after the famously stylish former first lady. Today, it’s offered in a bevy of colors, sizes, and textiles.
14 Prada Re-Edition 1995 Brushed-Leather Medium Bag
This re-release of Prada’s sleek, brushed leather handbag from 1995 will likely have a major moment in 2023. The simple silhouette appeared on the runway at the house’s Spring 2023 show and is available in two sizes: medium and mini. While the former is only offered in black, white, and red, the mini comes in seven colors, including high-shine silver.
Lorde carried a canary yellow mini at Prada’s September show and, more recently, Margot Robbie showed off a medium white Re-Edition 1995 at a screening of her movie
Babylon. 15 Khaite Beatrice Hobo Bag
While Khaite may be a newer luxury brand (the New York-based label launched in 2016), it has quickly gained notoriety among the fashion set. Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Meghan Markle are fans of Khaite’s Beatrice hobo bag, a style featuring folded sides and a knotted strap. A minimalist’s dream, the slouchy, yet sculpted, silhouette is available in small and large sizes, as well as an array of colors.
16 The Row Half Moon Bag
The Row’s asymmetrical Half Moon bag is another beloved style among fashion girlies. While Sophie Turner and Elsa Hosk have been spotted with the white version, Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner have both sported the black iteration. Emily Ratajkowski also stepped out with the tan option, pairing it with a mini tube dress and New Balances.
The curvy, logo-less bag was ergonomically designed to sit under the arm without feeling bulky, while fitting all the essentials. An instant classic.
17 Givenchy Kenny Top Handle Bag
Matthew M. Williams’ Givenchy Kenny bag was made to be coveted, with a monogrammed chain strap, the brand’s signature 4G padlock, and a distinctive shape reminiscent of the croissant bags of the early 2000s. Naturally, it was an instant hit when it debuted at Givenchy’s Spring ‘22 show. Modern and elegant, the hardware-heavy Kenny comes in an array of different varieties and materials — all likely to go viral this year.
18 Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping Bag
A major hit for Saint Laurent, celebs are obsessed with the Icare bag — perhaps, because the capacious bag is a refreshing change of pace from the popular micro minis. The beautifully-quilted tote has graced the shoulders of everyone from Zoe Kravitz and Bella Hadid to Bieber and Sweeney. (Not to mention: Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, and Laura Harrier.)
The standout feature is a chain toggle inside that allows it to be worn two ways: Tote-style, with the sides open wide, or closed, which creates a hexagonal shape. Fab, amiright?!
19 Coperni Ring Swipe Bag
You might call the Ring Swipe a sister to the original Swipe bag — which, if you aren’t privy, was inspired by the iPhone’s swipe-to-unlock function. The bag’s standout oval shape and futuristic aesthetic caused it to go viral following its debut in 2019. Fast forward to today, the Ring Swipe is on the up. It’s just as chic as the OG, but features a slimmer profile with a sleek metal handle. Overall, it’s quintessential arm candy.
20 Versace Greca Goddess Shoulder Bag
Versace’s latest it bag pays homage to one of Gianni’s biggest inspirations: Greek culture and mythology. The Greca Goddess collection is comprised of various silhouettes, all with the same central Greca gold chain hardware and removable chain strap.
The shoulder bag is offered in three sizes and playful hues, including hot pink, bright blue, and light purple. Celebs like Lipa, Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt, and Vanessa Hudgens have all rocked the sleek black model. My prediction? Even more will follow very,
very soon. 21 Dior Saddle Bag
First introduced in 1999, Dior’s Saddle Bag is an undeniably iconic silhouette. (
SATC fans will recall it as a favorite of Carrie Bradshaw.) A testament to its popularity, the uniquely-shaped bag is still beloved decades later. Since its reissue, the brand has served up countless iterations of the Saddle, reimagining the curved silhouette in different prints and colorways.
Ratajakowski owns a timeless black version,
which she’s been reaching for constantly lately. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence was able to get her hands on a limited-edition denim KaléiDiorscopic Saddle from 2019. 22 Mulberry Bayswater Bag
Mulberry’s classic Bayswater Bag may be turning 20 in 2023, but it’s still thriving (even amongst Gen-Z). The structured, minimalist tote is crafted from premium leather and finished off with their signature Postman’s lock.
Offered in a whopping 17 colors, elite shoppers can choose from red, yellow, green, and a variety of neutral tones. It’s also available in small and mini sizes. As roomier bags are slowly coming back, a Bayswater makes for an excellent investment.
23 Totême T-Lock Top Handle Bag
Stockholm-based brand Totême’s new T-Lock Bag is ultra-refined and lends a wonderfully minimalist look. Meticulously crafted from supple Italian leather and featuring an ergonomic curved top, this is an accessory that will complement just about everything in your closet. Available in only black and tan grain hues, the unfussy, versatile design is ideal for those who gravitate towards a simple, polished uniform.
24 Panthère de Cartier Chain Bag Oh, Cartier. The iconic French luxury brand is not only a pro at creating covetable jewelry, but timeless leather goods, too. Case in point? Its latest handbag offering: The Panthère de Cartier Chain Bag.
Delivering a classic shape, with a front flap featuring a panther head clasp, it’s been modeled by Lily Collins and more. The bag comes in two sizes (mini and small) and a diverse color palette. I anticipate this style will become ubiquitous in 2023, and for years to come.
25 Ferragamo Aura Bag
Yet another crescent bag — and one of the highlights of Ferragamo’s Fall 2022 season — the Aura comes in six color variations and can be worn a myriad of ways thanks to a removable shoulder strap. The saddle-inspired flap bag is understated, yet eye-catching at the same time, with it’s chunky tonal chain and distinct 3D Gancini motif. Florence Pugh has donned the style, having carried the brown style on multiple occasions.
26 Schiaparelli Secret Bag
The defining feature of Schiaparelli’s Secret Bag is its gilded brass padlock clasp. A nod to one of the brand’s most iconic emblems, the symbol for protecting precious things has been a Schiaparelli signature since the 1930s.
Offered in two sizes, the top handle bag is crafted from smooth lambskin and comes with a removable shoulder strap so you can switch things up, depending on your ‘fit and mood.
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This article was originally published on
Dec. 18, 2022