“In fashion, one day you are in, the next day you are out.”
We have to agree with Heidi Klum that fashion is an ever changing game. However, some handbags do withstand changing fads and trends for years and then they become what we call a timeless item, the iconic piece. Those bags are even recognized by those who know little about or rarely follow fashion trends. The Birkin, Speedy, Neverfull, Classic Flap, and Antigona… I am sure you know those bags without any mention of the brand. Yes, that’s why we say they are iconic bags.
Many luxury brands are launching new bag collections every season, which begs the question: what is the next iconic bag? Here, we picked 5 bags that were introduced in recent years, and we believe, with their staying power, they could be the next iconic, timeless pieces that stand out in the years to come.
Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis
If you search #pochettemetis on Instagram, there are over 28,000 posts dedicated to this cult favorite bag. The Pochette Metis was first introduced in 2012, taking its name from the Greek goddess of wisdom, cunning, and craft. Fun fact: This bag was not very popular when it first launched, and it wasn’t until around 2015 that the bag turned into a major global hit for Louis Vuitton. It is not difficult to understand why the Pochette Metis has become increasingly popular. This structured messenger bag signifies Vuitton’s heritage, deriving its silhouette from the Monceau Briefcase, as well as modern aesthetic - the perfect size and proportion, the classic monogram canvas, the signature push lock, the versatile top handle and long strap, and the multiple interior compartments, which can keep your belongings secure and organized. Everything is just right on the spot! This bag has expanded into various iterations including reverse monogram, empreinte leather, as well as some seasonal prints. A definite new signature from the French luxury maison.
Chanel Coco Top Handle
Since debuting in 2015, this gorgeous bag has been on the wish list for many Chanel lovers. The Coco Top Handle, just like the Boy bag, was originally a seasonal bag but the unexpected popularity turned this bag into a recurring model with different sizes and materials being introduced each season. Named after the founder Coco Chanel, this bag is probably inspired by the vintage Chanel Kelly top handle bag, but is a fresher and younger interpretation. It includes many iconic Chanel design elements such as the diamond quilting, the CC turn-lock, and the woven leather chain strap, but what makes it so recognizable and unique is the trapezoid silhouette and the structured, rounded top handle. The price of this versatile bag keeps climbing, and we do believe it will become an all-time Chanel classic much like the Classic Flap and Boy bag.
Gucci GG Marmont
The GG Marmont collection was introduced by Alessandro Michele in 2016 and it soon became one of the most demanded collections in the luxury handbag market. Michele turned the signature interlocking double G logo into a more modern design by having the double G’s facing the same direction. The new logo is paired with aged brushed gold-tone finish, chunky sliding chain link strap, and the lovely matelasse quilted pattern. These elements give the bag a surprisingly balance of vintage vibe and contemporary touch. The GG Marmont bag is all over social media and it is definitely a major force that brings Gucci back to the fashion spotlight in recent years.
Fendi Kan I
As a leading Italian fashion house with almost a century of history, Fendi has blessed us with a number of iconic handbags including the Baguette, Peekaboo, 2Jours, 3Jours and By The Way. The Kan I bag, launched in 2017, will probably be the next Fendi “IT” bag. Here’s why. First, the bag has a timeless structured boxy shape with a long sliding chain strap, which makes it a potential competitor to iconic chain flap bags including Chanel Boy and Diorama. Second, the bag has its own signature element: the double stud fastening closure, usually in bright two-tone plexiglass, adding a touch of playfulness to the structured shape. Last but not least, this bag, probably owing to its minimalist silhouette, has a lot of seasonal styles such as whipstitch, pearl studs, scalloped edges, floral embroidery, and of course, the Monster motif. Considering all these factors and how quickly it sells on Rebag, Kan I is sure to be the next iconic bag from Fendi!
Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack
This ultra-chic backpack is named Palm Springs because it was released in the brand’s Cruise 2016 fashion show in Palm Springs, California. The backpack has a sleek design without any extra details - padded top handle and strap adding comfort, front zipped pocket, monogram canvas paired with chic black calfskin trim instead of natural vachetta leather, and a sporty silhouette. Since its debut in 2016, this modern, functional backpack has stolen many bag lovers’ hearts and is constantly sold out globally, and many people are waitlisted. Our favorite is the smallest size, the mini, simply because it is just so cute and compact! The shoulder straps on the mini are removable so you can restyle the backpack to wear it as a unique crossbody bag! this gorgeous backpack is sure to maintain its popularity due to its timeless look and functional design.