Editors’ Pick: The ‘It’ Bags of 2017

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A good handbag can take an outfit from “Oh no!” to “Work it, honey!” The power of a designer handbag should never be underestimated. For years, bags like the Hermès Birkin and the Chanel 2.55 have been considered some of the fashion industry’s most coveted must-have bags. Each year, due to trends and design houses having their moment, there’s always a new set of ‘It’ bags. Fashion Reverie has curated for its viewers the ‘It’ bags of 2017!

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J.W. Anderson Pierce BagJ.W. Anderson has been in the spotlight quite a lot this year. From their successful collections at London Fashion Week to their collaboration with Uniqlo, the brand is slowly becoming a household name. Creative director Jonathan Anderson is also famous for being the force behind French luxury label Loewe. This year, the brand gained the favor of luxury handbag lovers with the J.W. Anderson Pierce bag, a calf leather bag that fastens with a gold-tone circular barbell piercing closure. While it is luxurious, it has a youthful twist that appeals to a wide demographic.

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Saint Laurent Cabas Crossbody BagAfter the success of their Sac de Jour bag, it was hard to imagine how Saint Laurent would outdo their previous success. Enter the Saint Laurent Cabas leather crossbody bag.

A functional bag that is seen almost everywhere. Creative director Anthony Vaccarello had some tough shoes to follow after Hedi Slimane’s departure, but he has managed to keep the house contemporary and ahead of the curve. This bag represents the fashion house’s simplicity and commitment to prestigious luxury goods, appealing to a large consumer demographic.

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Chloé Nile BagIf there is one thing Chloé never fails at, it’s designing a good handbag. This year their crown jewel from their accessories collections is the Chloé Nile bag. Gold hardware is all the rage this season, and this one is right on trend. Recently minted creative director Natasha Ramsay-Levi had a task ahead of her making sure that Chloé’s bags still kept the Chloé girls happy. Needless to say, she succeeded.

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Balenciaga City BagWho doesn’t love a bag with a hand-stitched handle? Well, that’s what you get with the Balenciaga City Bag. The bag is the perfect gift for those big bag lovers who need something sizable, yet luxurious. While Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia is known for being more out-of-the-box with his designs, this one is a classic for the simple statement bag lovers (not to mention those lovers of functionality).

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Chanel Gabrielle BagYou cannot curate an ‘It’ bag list without including the top handbag-house-in-charge. Chanel’s Chanel Gabrielle Bag that takes its name from legendary and iconic founder Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel. Chanel’s artistic director Karl Lagerfeld didn’t waste any effort in making sure this bag was a must-have, launching an ad campaign featuring Pharrell Williams. The bag has also appeared in different styles including the traditional black calfskin, as well as alligator and tweed. This bag is an investment piece of the year with prices starting at $3,000.

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J’Adior BagDior’s J’Adior bag made its debut at their runway show this year, and became a statement bag soon after. Maria Grazia Chiuri, who took over the house from Raf Simons, had a tough task ahead, steering Dior in a new direction. While her ready-to-wear is still figuring itself out, at least Chiuri isn’t slacking in the handbag department. The J’Adior bag is the fashion statement the Dior girl can’t live without. 

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Gabriela Hearst Nina BagWhile most ‘It’ bags come from the European fashion houses, American designers have been making a name for themselves. One such designer is Gabriela Hearst with her Nina bag. Hearst originally made the compact, adorable bag as a limited-edition bag, but as celebrities began being photographed with the Nina bag, demand for it skyrocketed. There was once even a waiting list for the bag. Nothing says high demand like a wait list.

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Off-White Binder Clip BagAs one of the few Black designers to own his own luxury label, Virgil Abloh of Off-White has been gaining unbelievable traction in the industry. While the designer is known for his approachable and forward-thinking street wear designs, this year Abloh won over handbag lovers with his binder clip bag. There isn’t a Fashion Week where you can’t spot at least several people with this bag. The street style photographers have been eating up, and that’s what it really takes to push a product. 

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Marc Jacobs Camera BagWhat was originally intended as a bag for your digital camera became the must-have mini-purse of the year. This saffiano leather bag is discreetly Marc Jacobs with its double J logo, and is the perfect bag for the woman just looking for something to hold her phone, keys, and lipstick. The bag comes in a variety of colors, so you can always coordinate with whatever outfit you are wearing.

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Coach Bandit HoboWhen Stuart Vevers made Coach cool again, he revamped everything from their brand image to their ready-to-wear and accessories. While Coach has always been known for their handbags, they had long been the entry-level stepping stone before consumers transitioned to more expensive brands. Now, Vevers has created this year’s ideal Hobo bag with the Coach Bandit Hobo, and customers can’t get enough. Although it’s at a more accessible price point than many of its It bag competitors ($595), it’s classic style, and everyday appeal has made it one of the most coveted bags of the year.

—Kristopher Fraser

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