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If the last season was about miniature totes and logoed bucket bags, this season will all be about classics. In a market that unveils a new bag every month, it does get a little intimidating with the choices around. Should you pick a bag which is functional or one that makes a statement? We still vote for classic handbags that still hold strong over the years. With Chanel dropping its first bag under the creative regime of Virginie Viard, Bottega rolling out its one of the first bags since Dion Lee became the brand’s creative head to Ferragamo’s perfect offering for the season in the shape of its Boxyz handbag – it only goes to prove that the coming season will belong to classic silhouettes. And there is no dearth of reasons – Nicolas Ghesquière is relentless in taking LV’s heritage forward and the brands latest Mini Dauphine is just another great addition in his bracket of user-friendly bags.

Here is everything you need to know about these classic handbags that will hit the marquee this season

Chanel 19
Classic handbags Image: Courtesy Chanel
Classic handbags. Image: Courtesy Chanel

This rectangular flap bag, available in diamond quilting in leather and tweed first made its appearance on the runway of the Fall-Winter 2019/20 Ready-to-Wear collection created by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard. It is being touted as the classic handbag. The metal chain comes in a variety of finished, its links passing successively from silver to aged gold to ruthenium. This Chanel masterpiece also features another signature element the double C fastener.  The length of the chain ensures that the bag can be worn as a straight or cross body. For jet setters, the bag is also available in belt form to be worn around the waist.  It is available in timeless colours of black, beige and white are turquoise blue, green, deep red and dark pink, while the tweed comes in eight variations to match the silhouettes of the collection.

Bottega Veneta’s Arco
Image: Courtesy Bottega Veneta
Image: Courtesy Bottega Veneta

Daniel Lee’s one of the first bags for Bottega Veneta sees the classic intrecciato technique in a new light. The weave has been further deconstructed and is orthogonal in shape. Traditionally the classic strips known as fettuce featured in intrecciato are all uniform, but the Arco bag has then in a much wider version, proportional to the size of the bag. The Arco bag is made in a new kind of French Calf which is silkier in texture and sturdy. The bag is available in small, large and extra-large. The larger size is also available for men and alternates French Calf and suede, creating a play with different textures.  A dome-shaped flap defines Arco’s silhouette and its long tubular handles are a great add on. Overall the bag is constructed using over 100 pieces of leather. Bottega, which is known for its classic handbags has certainly rolled out one of another statement piece for the years to come.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Boxyz
Classic handbags Image: Courtesy Instagram
Classic handbags Image: Courtesy Instagram

Looking for classic handbags for the season to come, Ferragamo’s Boxyz might have some answers. It is light yet strong frame in a defined trapeze shape makes this handbag highly portable.  One of the features that make this bag unique is its Gancini-shaped top-handle and clasp closure. From calf leather, tweed, ostrich to lizard, the bag is available in four different materials and in a total of 10 colours. From inside the hand-crafted space is divided into two; one zippered for security, one open for convenience.

“Selecting a handbag that will be with you every day is an intensely personal choice. So, when I set out to create a bag worthy of carrying the most essential and cherished items in a modern woman’s life – as well as becoming one of those items – I started by asking the many important women in my life what they care about most in a bag. Every response was as different and diverse as the women who shared them, but there were some common themes; privacy, convenience, strength, beauty and boldness. The boxyz is designed to answer these needs down the last letter – a portable and precious safe space crafted with Ferragamo’s heritage expertise.” says Paul Andrew creative director, Ferragamo.

Louis Vuitton’s Mini Dauphine
Classic handbags.Image: Courtesy Louis Vuitton
Classic handbags.Image: Courtesy Louis Vuitton

You can always count on Nicolas Ghesquière for classic handbags. His latest Mini Dauphine fits in a whole bracket of requirements. With the base material being Malletage-quilted canvas in light-wash denim blue, the silhouette features printed minute Monogram motif. With a dark-green calf trim and the distinctive Dauphine LV lock, the bag.

Made from Malletage-quilted canvas in light-wash denim blue, printed with a minute Monogram motif. A beautifully crafted retro-chic piece, it features dark-green calf trim and the distinctive Dauphine LV lock. Perfect for day-to-evening use, it can be worn on its removable strap or carried as a clutch.

 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.