Ah summer in the city. There’s nothing quite like it and if you’re a native New Yorker, a transplant or you’ve ever visited the concrete jungle you know what I’m talking about. It’s unbearably hot, sticky and smelly but in the best possible way because summer in the city is magical. From impromptu run-ins with friends on the street that turn into tacos and margaritas al fresco, to trips to the park and early morning walks when the sun is not fully our yet, summer in New York is unparalleled, much like the fashion in the city.

One of the best neighborhoods for long summer days spent strolling is the West Village. Home to restaurants, shops, Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment and some of the cutest tree-lined streets in all of the city, the West Village is also a great place to spot some great bags. We spent an afternoon strolling around the neighborhood last month to see what people were carrying.

The Classics

When it comes to the WV, it’s a bit less eclectic than say the Lower East Side or Brooklyn, and the style isn’t far from what you’d typically spot in SoHo, but slightly less touristy. When it comes to the classics, we saw mostly trendier of-the-moment bags but we did spot an iconic Chanel Flap and a classic Louis Vuitton Neverfull in the wild…

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Chanel Flap

Gucci Gang

Gucci, it seems, is a favorite among our West Village bag lovers. From Marmont bags to a Dionysus and even a rare vintage carry, Gucci was the popular pick amongst West Village goers.

Gucci Marmont and Prada Re-Edition Gucci Marmont WOC Gucci Dionysus Gucci Marmont Flap Gucci Vintage Bamboo

Dior and More

Dior was a close runner up, with street stylers pairing their denim and sneakers with the latest and greatest from Dior. We spotted two Saddle bags IRL alongside a Fendi Baguette and a couple of picks from Saint Laurent.

Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag Dior Saddle Bag
Dior Saddle Bag
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Dior Saddle Bag
Dior Saddle Bag
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Vintage Dior Oblique Tote
Dior Vintage Oblique Tote
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Fendi Baguette
Fendi Baguette
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Saint Laurent Monogram Bag Bottega Veneta Pouch Saint Laurent Lou Camera Bag
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Mari
Mari
5 months ago

To me these photos are more interesting than the ones with “celebrities”. I appreciate them more because they’re people, doing their thing, without pretense.

psny1217
psny1217
5 months ago
Reply to  Mari

i agree, loved this post and way better than the endless Kardashian posts

Adele
Adele
5 months ago
Reply to  Mari

Agreed. And they paid for it themselves. With celebs, I often wonder how many in the pics we see were given to them for free.

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Adele

Yes, that is a big part of it too! These are people who picked and purchased these bags so there is a different level of realness in the photos!

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Mari

While I love to see what celebs wear and carry, I always find that more aspirational – because they have a stylist, hair/makeup team, etc. I love to see everyday people and what they carry and how they style it!

Dina
Dina
5 months ago

Please have more of these contents – normal, everyday folks in normal, everyday clothing doing normal, everyday activities with interesting bags

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Dina

We’ll be featuring street style posts more frequently going forward!

Tiffany
Tiffany
5 months ago

While a piece of me wonders about the consent when taking these pics (would love if you could please share!), I loved seeing normal, everyday folks in normal, every day clothes & bodies with interesting bags.

Jay
Jay
4 months ago
Reply to  Tiffany

I completely agree Tiffany. It does feel like a violation. Particularly when so many faces are shown. I dont understand why the faces would not be cropped. Just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t make it right…

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tiffany

Glad you asked. In the US we do not require consent to photograph people in public settings, like a street. Sometimes we may shoot some candids, other times we may approach a person and ask them if we could take their photo. Depends on the specific situation.

For the most part we like to omit people’s faces and make the bag and outfit the focus of the image.

Last edited 5 months ago by Vlad Dusil
Sandy
Sandy
5 months ago

I like the fact that you are taking photos of people on the street without warning, this is true street style. Celebrities and street style at fashion week are so staged, I find it a bit comical how they pose and wait for their picture to be taken. (Although at times I do get fashion inspiration from them.). Great post!

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

That is why they labeled it “peacocking”. A lot of influencers walk slowly in circles waiting to be snapped!

Amy
Amy
5 months ago

Lovely post, I always get so excited when I see a rare/ interesting bag in the wild, being used and carried with pride!!

lalarey
lalarey
5 months ago
Reply to  Amy

yes cool bags in the wild bring me JOY one of the fun parts of living in NYC

Bex
Bex
5 months ago

Do you guys think we will ever stop wearing white sneakers? EVERYONE is wearing them with EVERYTHING…must get old one of these days. But what could possibly replace them?

Jerri R
Jerri R
4 months ago
Reply to  Bex

Black ballet flats, I hope

Shopper
Shopper
5 months ago
Reply to  Bex

I hate sneakers

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Shopper

Ha, I love them! But I’ve never been a more formal shoe kinda gal

kemilia
kemilia
5 months ago
Reply to  Shopper

I’m with you on this!

Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Bex

I don’t know – but I do love a good pair of light sneakers!

Sas
Sas
5 months ago

I think white sneakers have now become a wardrobe staple.

Slim
Slim
5 months ago

As a former New Yorker, favorite time was lunch, eating outside and people watching. The fashion was like no other city, always fun and inspirational!

Jaime
Jaime
5 months ago

Love street style. Is that the Bottega Mini pouch or the Mini Bulb? There is more volume on this bag. But this might be my favorite…Street Style. Real purses not just the people we know we can afford these bags.

anon
anon
5 months ago

It’s not a dior 30 montaigne micro bag, but actually a dior 30 montaigne box bag

Jen
Jen
5 months ago

Carrie Bradshaw, the character, lived on the Upper East Side. The building used as Carrie’s apartment is located in the West Village. Yes, I’m a super S&TC fan.

Stefanie
Stefanie
5 months ago

I loved this!! Great and interesting street style pics!

Luna
Luna
5 months ago

I love love love this article…”seen in the wild…” lol

I rather see more articles like this than celebrity centric pictures with generally unattainable collections.

psny1217
psny1217
5 months ago

love love love this post – thank you meg and vlad!

poppy
poppy
5 months ago

love, love love these types of photos! real people in real situations with their own bag/purse choices.

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