17 Best Designer Handbags of 2022, According to Fashion Editors (2022)

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BY Gretty Garcia

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Aug 23, 2022

A great designer handbag is one of the best investments you can make. Once you find a staple bag to add to your wardrobe, it can instantly update everything from downtime denim to more formal attire and will quickly become the most frequently used accessory in your daily rotation.

The beauty of a standout designer bag is that it's innately versatile, so you never have to worry about how to style it. This is all the more reason to add an investment bag to your collection—it’s the ultimate go-to accessory, no matter your personal style.

From retro-reissues like Dior’s John Galliano-designed saddle bagto classics like Chanel’s ’19 Maxi Flap Bag and Gucci’s 1955 Horsebit Bag, our guide to the best designer bags of 2022 is anchored by the very best pieces to invest in now. These must-have designer items will carry you through the seasons and instantly upgrade your look.

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The Most Iconic Designer Bags

Timeless, classic, iconic. Carried by everyone from first ladies and actresses to heiresses, the investment bag is an item some people spend their whole lives pursuing. BetweenHermès’ Birkin, Chanel’s 2.55, Classic Flap, and Dior's Lady Bag you’re sure to find an investment bag that speaks to you—albeit, some come with far heftier price tags than others. In fact, Birkins (named after Jane Birkin, of course) can reach a price of more than $200,000, while Chanel’s classic flap continues to rise in price each year. These bags all tend to appreciate in value, hence their status as investment-worthy works of art.

2/17

The Retro Revivals

Whether from the ’90s or even ’00s, there seems to be a retro-style bag from everyone’s brand of choice in the middle of a comeback. Gucci’s Jackie bag from 1961 quickly became an “it” girl staple for both men and women. The nylon mini-bags Prada prides itself on were remnants of a bygone era until they started popping up on the arms of every celebrity and influencer in recent seasons. We’re just waiting to see which old it-bag makes a revival next.

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3/17

The Logomania Designer Bags

An archival iteration revived by one of fashion’s most eccentric and revered brands, Gucci’s 1955 Horsebit Small Shoulder Bag initially appeared at Gucci’s Resort 2020 show as a reference to the House’s archives from the ’50s. However, not all heavily logoed bags take cues from their respective houses’ past. One only needs to look at pieces like Chloé’s Woody Striped Canvas tote to see that although logomania may be less in-your-face than it has been in previous years, it’s still thriving.

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The Clutch

​​Clutches may not be the most practical option, but they make for the perfect accessory. The Pouch bag by Bottega Veneta, aka the fashion insider’s current favorite label, is a great example—not only is it one of the first designs produced by creative director Daniel Lee, but it’s also one of his most desirable pieces. The brown, teen-sized clutch is stylishly crafted in Italy from smooth calf leather and uses intricate folding to create a voluminous, rounded silhouette that’s the perfect counterpart for any ensemble. Style it against a leather jacket for double-duty tactile play.

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The Crossbody

The workhorses of the bag world, crossbody bags can be carried anywhere and by anyone. They’re big enough to hold your phone but compact and hands-free, so they can’t get in your way too much. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when they became a bonafide trend—they’re so timeless that some iteration of the crossbody bag has seemingly always been in style. But, if you’re the kind of person who carries the classic phone-keys-wallet-lipstick combo and not much else, reach for one of these as your day-to-day sidekick.

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6/17

The Saddle Bag

While it’s impossible not to immediately think of the Dior Saddle Bag, the brand certainly didn’t invent them. In fact, the name saddle bag is a dead giveaway to where this silhouette originated. It’s modeled after saddlebags worn on horses' sides to keep riders’ hands-free. However, unlike the old saddlebags, these are miniaturized and meant only to carry a few essentials while also being the focal point of an ensemble.

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7/17

The Bucket Bag

The history of bucket bags, as we know them now, can be traced back to the nineteenth century when they were present in society as small handbags called reticules. Soon, cloth versions of the bucket bag were made. However, it was Gaston-Louis Vuitton who made the first true bucket bag in the form we know them now—the Noé created purely for the convenient reason of carrying champagne. The bucket bag has been updated over the years, but its simple and stylish drawstring-based form will always be here to stay.

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The Mini Bag

Mini bags are the hottest bag trend of the past few years. Of course, the silhouette is nothing new, but it’s updated for the Instagram era. Take Simon Porte Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito, which appeared on two models in the designer’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection. The tiny bag immediately resonated with fashion’s most cognoscente—so much so that we still consider it one of the best designer bags.

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The Top-Handle Bag

​​Conjuring up mental images of elegant lunches with even more elegant friends, the top-handle bag is best used in situations when you expect to have a place to rest your bag most of the day. Perhaps the best way to style a top-handle bag is when paired with equally luxe fabrics like wool or lace. Tie a silk scarf around one of the handles and pop on some stilettos or a knit midi dress for an extra chic look.

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The Hobo Bag

As the ‘90s and 2000s trends repeat themselves, it’s easy to find the popular, revived styles of bags dramatic or a little too outré. But then, there's the hobo bag for people who prefer to keep it casual. It’s the perfect style to pair with medium-wash distressed jeans, a tee, and a slightly oversized blazer—nothing is high-maintenance about it. The hobo bag will fit all your essentials with no problem, and you’ll look effortlessly impeccable, too.

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The Classic Black Bag

No matter who you are, there is an everyday, medium-sized black bag for you. There are plenty of benefits to owning one: They’re typically big enough to hold all your essentials—for work or play—that can be difficult to place into your average on-trend handbag. And whether it be Givenchy’s Antigona Sport Bag or Prada’s Re-Edition 1995 Bag, there’s a classic black bag that fits every style of dress and personality.

12/17

The Micro Bag

If mini bags are the hottest bag trend, then micro bags are the logical high-fashion next step. Initially seen on Instagram, the fashion world went wild for Jacquemus’ Le Petit Chiquito. The bag quickly became a status symbol amongst the elite and, after the show, sold out entirely on the brand’s site. A micro bag—which should be worn as an accessory, almost like a body chain or necklace—may not be the most practical. Still, it’s an unconventional statement piece that will complete any fashion-forward look.

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The Belt Bag

Precious few fashion items have come so far and fallen so hard as the fanny pack. Named Adweek’s 1988 “Hottest Product of the Year,” what was once the pinnacle of style soon became the butt of dad jokes everywhere. However, since a spate of high-profile models wore them in 2017, fanny packs have experienced a surprising renaissance under the new moniker of “belt bag.” Wear them with new season denim jeans for a casual but high-class look.

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The Tote

Everybody needs a designer tote bag. Whether you’re preparing for a day at the beach, a long day at work, or you need to carry some clothes from point A to B. While some may not want to carry an oversized shopper around, the usefulness of the tote bag is unparalleled.

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The Minimalist Bag

Ever-so sleek and stylish, minimalist bags are the ultimate when it comes to design. For example, The Row’s Emy Shoulder Bag, made in Italy from supple lambskin, features an effortlessly slouchy design with a wide strap. Try styling this minimalist bag and others with an equally timeless and edgy look—we love wearing ours with an oversized yet structured blazer.

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The Beach Bag

While jelly sandals, pool towels, and SPF are important for soaking up the sun, a beach bag is necessary to store those essentials. This carryall doesn’t have to be waterproof and sand-proof—it should also be fashionable (you never know who you’ll meet while sipping waterside rosé). Most of these styles work just as well for grocery shopping or airplane carry-ons when summer is over.

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The Weekender

Thanks to brands such as Saint Laurent, Balmain, and Isabel Marant, the weekender bag has been updated to make traveling stylish and practical. Also known as the overnight bag, this carryall is bigger than a designer tote but smaller than a luxury suitcase. When shopping, it’s important to consider style, convenience, roominess, and durability. Whether traveling to a nearby city or island hopping for a short trip, this bag complements all your needs and comes in many sizes, silhouettes, and colors.

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FAQs

What is the most popular purse for 2022? ›

10 of the most popular designer bags in 2022
  • Chanel 22. ...
  • Hermes Kelly. ...
  • Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie. ...
  • Coperni Swipe. ...
  • Gucci Jackie 1961. ...
  • Miu Miu Wander Matelassé Hobo. ...
  • Prada Cleo. ...
  • Saint Laurent Le 5 à 7 Shoulder Bag.
12 Oct 2022

What are the handbag trends for fall 2022? ›

  • Bucket Bags.
  • Shearling Bags.
  • Metallic Bags.
  • Chunky Chain Link Bags. ADVERTISEMENT.
  • Totes.
  • Slouchy Shoulder Bags.
  • Saddle Bags.
28 Sept 2022

What color purses are in for summer 2022? ›

The handbag color trends for 2022 are bright! Think red, pink, lavender, lime green and periwinkle. The more monochromatic your look when wearing colors for 2022 the better. As seen at Balmain, Loewe, Valentino, Ferragamo and Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2022 Paris Fashion Week to name a few.

Are big bags coming back 2022? ›

While everyone is running towards small handbags since it's the newest craze, I've been eyeing some large handbags on the preloved market waiting for them to go on even bigger sale. This is the year, 2022 is the return of the big designer handbags.

Which luxury brand has the best leather? ›

Named the world's most valuable luxury brand for six years in a row, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with leather goods of the highest quality.

What color bag goes with every outfit? ›

Nude colors go with every color. You can pair a nude color handbag with an all-black, all-white, or metallic color outfit. They go with everything.

What is the number 1 luxury brand? ›

The annual report on the most valuable and strongest luxury & premium brands Ranking
20222021Name
11Porsche
23Louis Vuitton
32GUCCI
44Chanel
21 more rows

Is Prada considered high end? ›

What are Luxury Fashion Brands? Luxury fashion brands sell upscale, sought-after and expensive clothing, shoes and accessories. Examples of popular luxury fashion brands include Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Prada.

What handbags are in this fall? ›

Fall 2022 Handbag Trends
  • #1. Crescent Shape. photo credit: Mango. ...
  • #2. XXL Bags & Soft Totes. photo credit: NET-A-PORTER. ...
  • #3. Slouchy Hobos. photo credit: Nordstrom. ...
  • #4. Braided Leather & Chain Handles. photo credit: Nordstrom. ...
  • #5. Doubled Up. photo credit: NET-A-PORTER. ...
  • #7. Bright and Bold. photo credit: Nordstrom.
19 Aug 2022

What colors are in for fall 2022? ›

Fall / Winter 2021-2022 Colour Trends
  • Olive Branch.
  • Green Bee.
  • Ibiza and Mykonos Blue.
  • Adobe.
  • Illuminating Yellow.
  • Fuchsia Fedora.
  • Ultimate Gray.
  • Fire Whirl.

Are big bags coming back 2023? ›

Spring 2023 Bag Trend: Oversize Totes

These larger-than-life bags can fit just about anything, making them the perfect carryall for you to construct an outfit around.

What color handbag should every woman have? ›

Black is the all-time favorite classic choice of color that will go with anything. You can choose a black bag style that can be used for causal or business attire. This is one bag you must have in your wardrobe.

Are white bags in Style 2022? ›

It's a stylish, classic color that goes with anything and everything. If you're looking to invest in a handbag that will never go out of style and can take you from day to night, white is the color for you. While other colors may fade or look dated over time, white remains timeless.

Is coach still in style? ›

While Coach has undergone several rebrands over the years, it's remained true to its heritage. After several years of being confined to department stores and outlet malls, Coach has made its way back into the forefront of the fashion industry.

What bag does Queen Elizabeth carry? ›

You'd be hard-pressed to find a picture of Her Majesty without one of her signature Launer handbags. She reportedly owned more than 200 of them!

What is the most expensive designer bag? ›

Most Expensive Designer Bags Of 2022
  • Skull Sanctus, Judith Leiber.
  • Double Sens 36, Hermes.
  • Flap Bag, Chanel.
  • Positano Tote, Lana Marks.
  • Twist MM, Louis Vuitton.
  • Rajah Medium Crocodile Bag, Gucci.
  • Gate Small Bag, Loewe.
  • Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Pearl Purse.

Are Coach bags Still in Style 2022? ›

Looking to 2022, wristlet bags like the Cashin will no doubt be a huge trend. Coach's show, the more I think about it, really feels like a representation of this year: It started out much like 2020 and 2021 (unfortunately), with quiet and mundane dog walks and grocery runs.

What is a good color purse for the summer? ›

Muted sorbet colors such as icy lemon, light apple green, and creme-de-menthe should work well where the colors you say you tend to wear. You could also add a statement with one of your stronger, brighter colors, such as deep rose pink (see the example in evening bags below).

Are Longchamp bags Still in Style 2022? ›

Ever since its first unveiling last September, Longchamp has gotten us hooked to its Spring/Summer 2022 collection - a collection inspired by the beauty of the south of France.

Is Coach a luxury brand? ›

After considering all these details and important factors about the Coach brand, we see Coach as a mid-range, accessible luxury brand, not a true luxury brand in the upper echelon of premium brands.

What does Coach do with unsold items? ›

Coach said that the vast majority of its excess inventory is donated and that the damaged product that was being destroyed in stores represented around 1 percent of its units globally.

Are Longchamp bags worth it? ›

Yes, Longchamp is a high end brand. They are stocked in some of the best luxury stores in the world and are famed for their high quality craftsmanship. They are a heritage French Luxury bag which are used by some of the worlds most glamorous women, especially for 'off duty' or 'Travel' looks.

Which country makes the best leather bags? ›

The short answer is that the Italians, quite frankly, are the best and the most skilled leather craftsmen. There is no other country in the world that can match the quality, and this is largely due to the very skilled artisans, the quality hides used in their products and their dye making process.

Which country is famous for leather? ›

Today, Turkey is one of the biggest producers of high quality leather products in the world. It is mainly known for processing sheep and goat leather, which takes it to the second position in Europe after Italy. Leather products have always been considered as one of the most outstanding items in the world.

Is Kate Spade considered designer? ›

Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018) was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. She was the founder and co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

What is a color that matches with everything? ›

They are called neutrals. Neutral colors like white, gray, and black go with just about everything, because they are achromatic. In the world of fashion, navy, brown and khaki (and sometimes olive and light blue) are considered neutrals as well, because they also tend to blend with other colors well.

How do you pair shoes with a bag? ›

How to make sure your shoes and bag match
  1. 1.Match primary colours and patterns. ...
  2. 2.Make sure the materials match. ...
  3. 3.Match understated with overstated. ...
  4. 4.Colour-code your outfit with neutral tones. ...
  5. 1.Use the same shade throughout. ...
  6. 2.Match materials to your outfit. ...
  7. 3.Avoid different patterns. ...
  8. 4.Never mix seasons.
4 Feb 2020

How do I choose a handbag? ›

The basic handbag rule: opt for a handbag that is opposite the shape of your body. Always try them as you would try clothes. Check all angles: If you are tall and thin, choose short and slouchy shaped handbags.

Should I buy a brown or black bag? ›

The colour would depend on where you would often use your leather backpack. If you plan on bringing it anywhere, especially to places where it might get scuffed, spilt on or damaged, it's best to go with black. Black is also a good option if you plan on bringing it to more formal events.

How do I match my bag with my clothes? ›

4 Aspects of Matching a Purse to Your Outfit
  1. Choose a Color That Contrasts With Your Outfit. Photo: fashionjackson.com. ...
  2. Find a Bag Style That Is in Sync With Your Look. ...
  3. Choose a Design So It Complements Your Other Accessories. ...
  4. Choose a Material Which Complements Your Other Clothes.
15 Nov 2021

What color handbags are in for summer 2022? ›

The handbag color trends for 2022 are bright! Think red, pink, lavender, lime green and periwinkle. The more monochromatic your look when wearing colors for 2022 the better. As seen at Balmain, Loewe, Valentino, Ferragamo and Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2022 Paris Fashion Week to name a few.

Are big bags coming back 2022? ›

While everyone is running towards small handbags since it's the newest craze, I've been eyeing some large handbags on the preloved market waiting for them to go on even bigger sale. This is the year, 2022 is the return of the big designer handbags.

Are Coach bags Still in Style 2022? ›

Looking to 2022, wristlet bags like the Cashin will no doubt be a huge trend. Coach's show, the more I think about it, really feels like a representation of this year: It started out much like 2020 and 2021 (unfortunately), with quiet and mundane dog walks and grocery runs.

What color bag goes with every outfit? ›

Nude colors go with every color. You can pair a nude color handbag with an all-black, all-white, or metallic color outfit. They go with everything.

Are big bags coming back 2023? ›

Spring 2023 Bag Trend: Oversize Totes

These larger-than-life bags can fit just about anything, making them the perfect carryall for you to construct an outfit around.

Is Tory Burch considered luxury? ›

Both Michael Kors and Tory Burch are considered affordable luxury lifestyle brands, or premium brands as they sell high-quality, fashionable pieces.

Is coach still in style? ›

While Coach has undergone several rebrands over the years, it's remained true to its heritage. After several years of being confined to department stores and outlet malls, Coach has made its way back into the forefront of the fashion industry.

Are white bags in Style 2022? ›

It's a stylish, classic color that goes with anything and everything. If you're looking to invest in a handbag that will never go out of style and can take you from day to night, white is the color for you. While other colors may fade or look dated over time, white remains timeless.

Is Coach a luxury brand? ›

After considering all these details and important factors about the Coach brand, we see Coach as a mid-range, accessible luxury brand, not a true luxury brand in the upper echelon of premium brands.

What does Coach do with unsold items? ›

Coach said that the vast majority of its excess inventory is donated and that the damaged product that was being destroyed in stores represented around 1 percent of its units globally.

Is Coach higher than Michael Kors? ›

Coach prices are more expensive than Michael Kors prices. For example, handbags are around $300-$500, compared to Michael Kors handbags which run around $100-$150. Coach is definitely the more expensive of the two brands, but also offers higher-quality items.

Is Kate Spade considered designer? ›

Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018) was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. She was the founder and co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

Do people still wear Dooney and Bourke? ›

In 1983 the iconic All-Weather leather bag was introduced, which featured the label's signature duck logo with an embossed leather font. Dooney & Bourke handbags still remain very popular, with celebrity fans such as Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere.

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