While we can all appreciate the enduring value of a classic black tote, it's impossible to deny the intrigue of a timeless silhouette that pushes the boundaries of ordinary. Maximalist hardware, lust-worthy chainmail and a flashback to the beaded bags of Y2K fashion, here are our favourite timeless bags that have been given a modern twist.
It's all in the texture
BOTTEGA VENETA Mini Jodie
With Bottega Veneta's beaded Mini Jodie on your arm, you're certain to turn heads in all the right ways. The fashion house made waves with its reinvigoration of the classic hobo, debuting the now iconic Mini Jodie silhouette in its signature Intrecciato Nappa leather. The perfect accessory for lustful summer rendezvous, the wooden, hand-beaded Mini Jodie is a love letter to the nostalgic beaded bags of the beloved Y2K era – and we're all about it.
Talk about detail
SAINT LAURENT Elise Shoulder Bag
The iconic 90s shoulder bag is no stranger to the sartorial limelight. A cult-classic, the timeless shape has received a modern makeover in the form of the YSL Elise shoulder bag. The alligator-embossed patent leather rendition takes shape in the form of a front flap and curved top; matched with a bronze-toned metal chain strap with the YSL monogram detail. For those who value versatility, the chain can be removed for hand carry as a clutch – essentially offering two bags in one.
Larger than life
VALENTINO GARAVANI Roman Stud Chain Bag
Valentino Garavani's signature rockstud hardware receives the maximalist treatment, as evidenced in the house's Roman Stud chain bag. Made from quilted nappa leather, the rhombus pattern is accentuated by the tone-on-tone stitching and embellished with antique-brass-finish metal studs and hardware. Available in a variety of colours that rival even the brightest of rainbows, the detachable handle and sliding chain strap allows you to get creative with how you wear the bag; whether crossbody or top-handle. The ultimate Valentine's Day gift.
No ordinary bucket bag
CHANEL Drawstring Bag
Where practicality is concerned, the humble bucket bag has always held a place in our hearts one of the most versatile silhouettes. In their mini form, they also function as an adorable and eye-catching accessory for those nights where you're only carrying the essentials. Case in point, the Chanel Drawstring Bag. Made from lambskin and adorned in gold metal chain, this nonchalant shape gets an extra kick from its statement hardware.
Let's do the twist
Louis Vuitton Twist One Handle
The Louis Vuitton iconic LV twist-lock receives the top handle treatment, proving to be of the most desirable office to bar accessories on the market. The house's buttery soft Taurillon leather offers a point of difference through its natural grain finish; complimented by the Twist One Handle's striking shape and elegant top handle. Looking inwards, the bag is lined with a contrasting cow-hide coloured leather, two flat pockets with a removable mirror and a zipped pocket for your treasured belongings. In addition to the handle, the removable leather strap offers a comfortable shoulder and crossbody carry for those days where you simply have your hands full.
A true D-Lite
Christian Dior Medium Lady D-Lite Bag
Combining classic elegance with contemporary finishes, the Christian Dior Medium Lady D-Lite Bag encourages us to embrace our modern femininity. This cotton gabardine style has been fully embroidered with the hallmark pink Cannage pattern, the thick 'D.I.O.R.' charms in pale gold-finish metal embellishing the design with a graphic touch. Carried by hand, over the shoulder or as a crossbody with the wide, reversible, and removable embroidered shoulder strap, the Lady D-Lite Bag is a sight for sore eyes.