Minimalist Bags

If brevity is the soul of wit, minimalism might be the soul of elegance. After season upon season of rococo embellishment, studs, beading, embroidery, print, fur and exotics, fashion feels like it’s ready for something a little simpler and a little less look-at-me. The street style ship as we know it has, to a certain extent, sailed. Because handbags are such a distinctive and enduring part of any outfit, the best way to get in the spirit of this sartorial shift is with one of the many minimalist handbags that are currently ripe for the picking.

A minimalist bag doesn’t have to be boring or super modern; the spare aesthetic can be translated skillfully to everything from a retro doctor’s bag to a contemporary backpack, and the lack of design trickery means that the bags details are all closely considered decisions. In a well-realized minimalist bag, every element enhances both the form and function of the piece, which is exactly what any piece of good design should be.

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  • twoturntables

    The Row and the YSL are my favorite. Especially the Row, what incredible design. I can’t wait for the day where my bag doesn’t have to carry a computer so I can “justify” a smaller 2,000 bag because I’ll wear it everyday ;).

  • kindled

    love the row hobo, but not quite willing to spend the money on it

  • Petra B.

    OH I dream for a Louis Vuitton SC satchel.. amazing.

  • Elaine Weiss Whitman

    Those “doctor” bags crack me up! In the `950s, my late father, an Internist, kept his black pebbled-leather medical bag in the truck of the car. Of course, those were innocent times. Nobody thought about car break-ins, or drugs, or legal liability. But when I look at that $5,000 LV satchel, I can just imagine Dad shaking his head and chucking.

  • ComeLetsTalk

    That Row is giving me life right now.

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