Bags In The Wild

The Best Street Style Bags We Spotted in the Upper East Side

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Summer is coming and going faster than you can blink, but before we move on to covering fall fashion, we’ve got a few more warm-weather installments of Bags in the wild for you all. This summer, we spent a lot of time scouring (and walking) the city streets of New York to bring you the best street-style bags. We’ve conquered SoHo and the West Village, so we thought it was time to head all the way uptown to Gossip Girl’s territory: The Upper East Side.

Sporty and Chic

The Upper East Side breeds a completely different set of bag-lovers. Home to some of The Real Housewives of New York, The Met Museum, Central Park, and famed Madison Avenue, we were excited to see which bags everyday fashion lovers would be carrying in the UES. We were not disappointed, but we were surprised to see a slew of sporty yet trendy silhouettes.

Burberry Belt Bag

Prada Re-Edition 2000

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Poche Documents

What’s better than one eye-catching designer bag…two! This show-stopping duo was almost too good to be true. The Chanel Double Flap is what caught our eye first, but we soon realized that its owner’s equally stylish and sporty friend was wearing a Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag.

Prada Re-Edition and Chanel Flap

Edgy and Eye-Catching

While sporty nylon was a popular choice for Upper East Sider’s on one of the hottest days of the year, edgy and on-trend revivals were just as beloved this summer. From the Dior Saddle bag to the Balenciaga Neo Classic, what’s old is definitely new again, and no, it’s not just gossip; it is actually true!

Gucci Marmont Bag

Fendi Micro Croissant Bag

Fendi Mini Croissant Bag
via Vestiaire Collective

Balenciaga Mini Neo Classic Bag

Dior Saddle Bag

Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette

Easy Breezy

On a hot summer day in August, we weren’t surprised to see a slew of easy-breezy outfits paired with bags that make grabbing and going look effortless. Unsurprisingly, Louis Vuitton seemed to be a favorite, and we were thrilled to see a more under-the-radar LV uptown, the Louis Vuitton Girolata.

What’s better than a duo? A trio! This Palm Springs Mini really caught our eye as did its wearer’s bag-loving pals, who were seen carrying some great eye candy from Celine and Gucci.


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  1. SHANNON Avatar

    love love love these. So fun to see REAL people wearing bags that have to be used for real (as opposed to celebrities who may just carry bags to carry them).

    1. Vlad Dusil Avatar
      Vlad Dusil

      Yes!! We are going to make this a regular feature on PB going forward. I am also itching to head down to Miami and do some shooting myself!

      1. Nyp1217 Avatar

        Bravo Vlad 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

      2. Nyp1217 Avatar

        Hi Vlad,
        Can you please fix the login issue I keep having? I am unable to login as usual

      3. Vlad Dusil Avatar
        Vlad Dusil

        Did you previously log in with Disqus? We got rid of that service for our blog, but you can still log in with Disqus using the ‘D’ icon by the login link up top.

      4. psny15 Avatar

        Yes I logged in with disquis and it seems to be working – thank you very much – tried RI create a WordPress but it just doesn’t work

      5. Charuta Avatar

        Yay Miami!! To gawk at all bags I wanna flaunt but can never pull off! Me thinks the vibe could be bright/white Versace & spiky Valentino and bold D&G?

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  2. Nyp1217 Avatar

    Gosh these are some of my favorites posts – Bravo 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    I love the casual summer vibe of our city

  3. thefashionableteacher Avatar

    This post reminded me that I still want a Gucci Marmont flap bag.

  4. Sandy Avatar

    Great post! I agree with everyone, this is so much better than the staged BS we get from influencers and celebrities!

  5. Olivia Capers Avatar
    Olivia Capers

    Just a note…the Met is on the Upper WEST Side.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      The Met is the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper EAST Side.

      1. Olivia Capers Avatar
        Olivia Capers

        The Metropolitan Museum of Art is, and always has been, on the Upper WEST Side. It is on Fifth, west of the park.

  6. Jay Avatar

    Do you ask to take people’s pictures?

    1. Vlad Dusil Avatar
      Vlad Dusil

      Sometimes, other times we shoot candids.