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East-West bags are everywhere right now – here are our favourites

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If there was one characteristic that defined handbags in 2023, it was that they swelled up and lost structure. Our favourite styles were bloated, big and capable of fitting all of our baggage (especially the emotional kind). As 2024 unfurls, it seems as though wide styles – known formally as East-West handbags – will become the year's trademark.

The design is given the name East-West for its horizontal shape. I like to imagine the handbag as the next size up from a continental wallet or "long lady wallet" as Liana Satenstein has dubbed it. There's something elegant about the shape – easily tucked under your arm like a clutch or grasped between a few fingertips. While the East-West handbag screams "person on a mission," it's less cumbersome than a carry-all tote like the ludicrously capacious handbag of Succession fame. One cannot fit a laptop in an East-West handbag, though they might carry a newspaper, a hairbrush, a wad of cash, a fan or mail.

However, recent updates on the East-West bag by Alaïa, Khaite or Jil Sander are slimmer than past variations, a riff on the tiny bag trend but with the exception of room to fit a tube of Pat McGrath lip gloss. Without further ado, find our round up of the best East-West bags you can buy right now, below.


FERRAGAMO Wanda East-West Top Handle

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ALAÏA Le Teckel Bag

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CHARLES & KEITH Wisteria Elongated Shoulder Bag


LOEWE Small Paseo Bag

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BURBERRY Medium Swan Bag


BALENCIAGA Superbusy XS Sling Bag


GUCCI Horsebit Chain Medium Bag

COACH Tabby 33 Shoulder Bag


GANNI Brown Small Bou Bag

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JACQUEMUS Le Bambino Long Bag

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LONGCHAMP Roseau S Hobo Bag 


MIU MIU Arcadie Matelassé Leather Bag


KHAITE Simona Shoulder Bag


BOTTEGA VENETA Long Clutch Andiamo


DIOR Small Lady D-Joy Bag


JIL SANDER Burgundy Goji Bag


BY FAR Dolce Long Bag


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