When veritable trend-machine Fendi announced it would be rolling out a la carte embellished shoulder straps with prices exceeding $1,000, the writing was already on the wall; Valentino joined in with its own straps a few months later, and then it was off to the races. Straps may be the last uncharted territory in bag-embellishment, but the brands have finally arrived.
You'll find exotics, intricate weaves and vintage guitar strap-style embroidery on the straps of otherwise plain-leather bags, which is a solid way for a brand to take a design that's popular with customers and update it for a new season without altering the design elements that have already made the bag popular. This spring has also brought about a resurgence in striped webbing, likely a result of Gucci's hit-making success in incorporating its signature multicolored webbing in popular new designs.
For now, the nascent trend is largely limited to premier designer brands, which makes a certain amount of sense; detail-heavy embellishments quickly raise the price of manufacturing a bag, which is easier for a customer at the market's top price tier to afford than it would be for a customer shopping for more modestly priced bags. If consumers respond, though, expect contemporary brands to find a way into the trend.
Altuzarra Ghianda Bullwhip Shoulder Bag
$2,995 via Barneys
Anya Hindmarch Ebury Featherweight Small Tote
$1,450 via Barneys
Coach Colorblock Python Shoulder Bag
$995 via Coach
Fendi Strap You Whipstitched Strap
$900 via Bergdorf Goodman
Gucci Lady Web Bag
$1,650 via Gucci
Loewe V Bucket Bag
$1,550 via Barneys
Marc Jacobs Pretty Young Thing Saddle Bag
$695 via Neiman Marcus
Mayle Ines Shoulder Bag
$895 via Barneys
MCM Milla Large Tote
$1,100 via Neiman Marcus
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote
$2,990 via Net-a-Porter
The Row Drum 10 Bag
$2,950 via Barneys
Valentino Rockstud Shoulder Bag
$3,995 via Bergdorf Goodman
Valentino Rolling Rockstud Small Bag
$3,445 via Neiman Marcus
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