Over the past few years, minimalism, casual wear, and athleisure have been making grand statements in clothing everywhere. Now that trend has made its way into the handbag and accessory market, and the brands capitalizing on the new lifestyle look are all broken down here.
The go-to brand for edgy and athleisure inspired bags and accessories is Alexander Wang. This young designer launched his career at the very early age of 19, designing his own collection as well as the being the Creative Director of Balenciaga. Wang’s aesthetic is most known for its casual yet edgy look with a plethora of studs, comprising of many structural, clean-cut pieces. Each of his handbags stand on their own as a true statement piece to any casual outfit. The Rocco Satchel and Diego Bucket Bag have both captured the eyes of many, making it a staple.
Although Alexander Wang has the spotlight when it comes to athleisure, many other brands had sport lines and sporty bags as well. Chanel’s Sport Line collection launched in 2003, introducing many crossbody bags, duffle bags and other casual, sporty handbags. Many of the handbags show off their versatility as they can be worn and carried multiple ways, with a myriad of pockets or other functional features. While Chanel exudes luxury in every collection they have, their athletic line showed a different more laid back side of the brand by incorporating stylish yet durable fabrics. Athletic and sporty, the Chanel Sport Line highlights how to perfectly merge luxury with athleisure.
Gucci is the brand that people can’t stop talking about! From their classic GG monogram to their guccissima leather, they are making headlines everywhere. One of their overlooked styles is their rubberized leather bags. They have several styles in rubberized leather and the most noteworthy bags are the waist bag and the messenger bag. Both models represent the brand’s more sporty look, while still staying true to their signature style. This also ties into their latest collection from Spring/Summer 2018 that feature the new colorful Rubber Totes!