In 2022, we couldn't walk down the street without spotting a Dior Saddlebag or Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag strapped to the arm of someone. Along with the rise in designer bag purchases, came the rise of third party retailers offering them at a reduced price. For those who can't afford to pay full retail price, buying them second-hand or off-season has provided a rare opportunity to tap into an otherwise exclusive market.
If there was one major trend to emerge in 2022, it would be the communal desire to acquire a designer handbag. Put it down to the strength of the internet, the influence of prominent personalities, and the continued dominance of premium fashion brands, but something was unmistakably in the air.
You couldn’t go down the street without seeing a Dior Saddlebag or a Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag attached to someone’s arm, and it just fueled the collective desire to enter the world of premium brands.
Fortunately, the growth in designer bag sales coincided with the rise of third-party sellers providing them at a lower price. Of course, having a handbag with an unmistakable label confers distinction, but for those of us who can’t afford to pay full retail price, buying them second-hand or off-season has offered a rare opportunity to enter an otherwise exclusive market (which we love).
So, now that 2022 is almost over, we’re already thinking about the designer handbag trends that will rule in 2023. We turned to three well-known merchants for industry input on what they believe will take off. Find out what they are in the list below.
“COLOURS, both pastel and bright, are predicted to be a trend that will continue throughout the new year. We predict that colours like mild greens, baby pinks, and purples seen in companies like Jacquemus and Bottega Veneta will be popular.” Cosette says.
“In the New Year, we expect to see puffer bags – the texture of a pillow-like purse mixed with a structured suit.” Cosette says. “Textured and unusual bags will also be popular. This style allows for embellished, sparkling, silver, or beaded party bags to add some bling to your attire, as well as embellished, glittery, silver, or beaded party bags to add some bling to your outfit. Unconventional materials and textures, such as the denim bag and baguette design, will also be popular.” THE ICONIC’s Nicole Adolfe.
“We’ve seen denim bag demand rise via sales of long-loved 00s designer models, followed by various variations over the SS23 season – notably Diesel [of course], KNWLS and Blumarine among countless others, aided by Glenn Martens’ appointment at Diesel and the obsession for denim it has sparked.” — From Farfetch.
“A somewhat more buttoned-up, polished style is in the air, and with it comes a need for traditional, ladylike purses. For example, consider Maximilian Davis’ reissue of Salvatore Ferragamo’s famous Wanda bag, which comes in three forms and sizes, including the original buffed black with gold clasps, and is complimented by a slew of new colorways and finishes [including full coverage red Swarovski crystals].” Farfetch —
“Boxy top handles and rectangular designs with structural bags will be popular.” THE ICONIC’s Nicole Adolfe.
“We anticipate an increase in top handle bags, boxy structured ‘work’ style bags.” Cosette —
Mini And Shoulder Bags
“The short-strapped shoulder bag is having a moment right now; it’s tiny and compact, and it’s ideal for tucking under the arm. This retro design found at Dion Lee, Miu Miu, and Courrèges comfortably transcends from day to night, adding a little something to a t-shirt and jeans occasion while still fitting great after hours for dinner. Notably, the size is also suited for a hands-free dance floor environment.” Farfetch —
“The classic little bag will remain popular, although not as small as in recent seasons. These models will be a smaller version of the traditional shoulder bag, making them more of an everyday item that can be worn as a standout piece to any event.” THE ICONIC’s Nicole Adolfe.
Carrying a tiny bag allows you greater movement and liberation; less to carry, less to worry about. It pushes people to live like minimalists (and lie about it) by reducing their daily requirements to just a few items.
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