Each new year means a new crop of bags to marvel over, and as we reach the end of 2022, we thought it would be fun to recap some of the year’s biggest new handbag releases. The introduction of a new bag line can make or break a brand’s entire year, and there are times when a new release is a pivotal point for a brand, changing its direction and increasing its demand and desirability. Today, we’re here to focus on the most significant bag debuts of 2022, including some brand-new debuts as well as refreshed versions of old favorites. Check out our picks below (in no particular order!), and let us know if you’ve scored any of these bags.

Chanel 22

The Chanel 22 Bag typically elicits one of two responses: you either like it or loathe it. But regardless of how you feel about the bag, it is an important marker in the direction of Chanel’s post-Lagerfeld era. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, when a House like Chanel puts the entirety of its marketing resources towards a new bag launch, we have to pay attention. Similar to the releases of both the Chanel 19 bag and the Chanel Gabrielle, the Chanel 22 continues the Houses’ newfound direction towards focusing its big bag pushes on more trend-driven silhouettes than classic pieces. The Chanel 22 will continue to be a focus for the brand next year, appearing most recently on the runway for Pre-Fall 2023.

Meet the Chanel 22 Bag 1

Gucci Blondie

The Gucci Blondie was released back in May following the massive successes of other House revivals like the Gucci Diana and the Gucci Jackie 1961. An ode to Gucci’s iconic House history, the bag is defined by its round signature, Interlocking G, which can be traced back to patent documents filed by the House of Gucci in the early 1970s. The new Blondie Bag feels reflective of Gucci’s storied heritage without feeling stuffy. With news of Alessandro Michele’s departure, the Gucci Blondie Bag likely marks Michele’s last archival revival for the House, making this bag an important part of his tenure.

LFW Street Style Bags Day 1 Gucci Blondie

Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping Tote

The Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping tote made the rounds on social media when it was released earlier this year. Spotted first on Zoe Kravtiz, it was later worn by Hailey Bieber, causing quite a stir when it first debuted. The Icare Maxi Shopping Tote saw a return to the era of the big bag, eliciting quite a bit of nostalgia for the carry-everything-and-the-kitchen-sink days of the 2010s. Additionally, its release marked an important time for the brand as its buzz felt reminiscent of the YSL It-bags of yesteryear.

Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag on Marble Table

Bottega Veneta Sardine Bag

One of the biggest debuts of the year occurred back in February when Matthieu Blazy’s first collection for Bottega Veneta was presented on the runway. A seismic shift was felt when Blazy’s predecessor Daniel Lee abruptly departed the brand, and fashion fans eagerly waited to see what was next. The Sardine Bag marked a pivotal time of transition for the House, and with this debut, it was clear that Blazy would continue Lee’s tradition of exploring Bottega Veneta’s historical attention to details and craft.

Bottega Veneta Sardine Bag
Bottega Veneta Sardine Bag
via Bottega Veneta

Miu Miu Miu Wander Bag

It’s no secret that Miu Miu has had quite a year, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Miu Miu’s strategy when it comes to handbags is far different from other brands, with new bags released sporadically versus seasonally. The Miu Wander bag is a return to Miu Miu’s roots, a new take on iconic Matelassé; the bag signifies a new era for Miu Miu. First released in nylon to much fanfare, it later appeared in leather, in a wide range of youthful, fun colors which re-explore the identity of Miu Miu from a new lens.

Miu Miu Wander Bag
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psny15
psny15
1 month ago

Mirror mirror on the wall who is the ugliest of them all is what comes to my mind when I see these hideous bags

Zoe
Zoe
1 month ago
Reply to  psny15

so true!

Gayle
Gayle
1 month ago
Reply to  psny15

Cant stop laughing!!! Very well said!!

Kelleypuppy
Kelleypuppy
1 month ago

So, 3 of the 5 bags on here are owned by the company that promotes pedophilia. They are important bags, though. So, whatever.

psny15
psny15
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelleypuppy

Yes I am so turned off by both Kering and Lvmh

PizzaParlor
PizzaParlor
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelleypuppy

🙄🙄🙄

Amphiie
Amphiie
1 month ago
Reply to  PizzaParlor

Coco Chanel was a literal Nazi, so lets keep the same energy if youre going to call that out yeah?

All these brands were incredibly influential, Including Balenciaga before the Cancellation, the Le Cagole was undeniably one of the best selling bags of the year, like it or not. whilst some brands cocked up seriously and made some incredibly stupid decisions, you might want to research your untouchable favourites a bit more first before you start putting some on pedestals 🙂

Jend
Jend
1 month ago
Reply to  Amphiie

Chanel is currently a Jewish owned company. She tried to screw over the family during the holocaust and lost and now they privately own her whole company.

Kelleypuppy
Kelleypuppy
1 month ago
Reply to  Amphiie

This isn’t the flex you think it is. It seems you are using this as an excuse to continue to buy their products. This company is promoting something vile. Something dangerous. Something truly harmful to children TODAY. NOW. Maybe, don’t try to make excuses for it and take a moral stance.

Sego-irm
Sego-irm
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelleypuppy

Wait, do you think that Nazism just stopped after WW2? Are you saying that anti-semitism isn’t an issue TODAY. NOW?

Kelleypuppy
Kelleypuppy
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelleypuppy

Oh, and if you don’t want to buy Chanel, or BMW, or VW or Hugo Boss, more power to you, I suppose. That won’t fix the evils of today. You could, however, not purchase luxury items that are cool with promoting abusing kids.

PizzaParlor
PizzaParlor
1 month ago
Reply to  Amphiie

You just proved your gullibility and your inability to examine facts in a nuanced and informed way.

Chasing Clouds
Chasing Clouds
1 month ago
Reply to  PizzaParlor

Your only contribution to the conversation was an eye roll emoji and a tired “wokeism is bad” comment. Very nuanced, informed statements on your own position, indeed.

Amphiie
Amphiie
1 month ago
Reply to  PizzaParlor

How so? I mean i also admit that Balenciaga has done a disasterous thing this year, but i think to relate one brands actions to its sister brands belittles the facts you wish for me to examine from your point of view?

If you wish to talk about examining facts in a nuanced and informed way, i believe your gullibility speaks volumes if you dont educate yourself on the concerning actions of multiple other brands in history.

Ergo, Chanel. Infact i shall list them so you can educate yourself further.

Prada – Created a racist campaign with animal forms that resembled an incredibly terrible stereotypical view of people of a specific ethnicity.

Louis vuitton – created pieced that were reminiscent of traditional palestinian clothing in the colours of the israeli flag.

Dolce and gabbana – speaks for itself really the numerous racist and offensive things that have been said about communities.

Chanel – as stated before, not the nicest of people and the power of that name should really be held in regard for those who wear her initials on there clothing. Similar thing can be said for Hugo Boss, Adidas, Puma and several other brands that are connected so intrinsically to society. I digress though.

Even several brands issued apolgies to China for stopping using Xinjiang cotton because of the backlash from the Chinese population even though the cotton is fundimentally unethical.

At the end of the day like who you like and boycott whomever you wish to boycott, but at the end of the day, lets give the brands an opportunity to correct the mistakes, especially when some haven’t accepted or even acknowledged their past.

PizzaParlor
PizzaParlor
1 month ago
Reply to  Amphiie

Wokeism at its worse.

Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 month ago

It’s no doubt that these were the most important purse-releases of 2022 in the sense that they were most reflective of the handbag vibes of the year – namely, one of archival revivals.
I would, however, say that the Prada Re-Edition 1995 is an important release too, especially for the coming year, as I feel we will be seeing much more of it next year.

pinksky777
pinksky777
1 month ago

Omg who is doing these articles lately?! These were not the most “important” or influential bags by far… all basic a** bags, and tbh I had never even heard of the Gucci blondie lol You guys really need to step up the game on here or purseblog will be a thing of the past guaranteed. The forum already went to sh*t.

Olivia P.
Olivia P.
1 month ago
Reply to  pinksky777

“Most important bags” does not mean “bags you personally like and find attractive”. I think the Chanel 22 and Icare are ugly, but I can’t deny the incredible amount of attention they received.

Mel
Mel
1 month ago
Reply to  pinksky777

Your aggression is really unbecoming.

Sam
Sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Mel

And unnecessary.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  pinksky777

Which new bag releases were more important this year, in your opinion?

Zoe
Zoe
1 month ago
Reply to  Vlad Dusil

not the chanel 22 for sure…

Mcsweet
Mcsweet
1 month ago
Reply to  Vlad Dusil

Don’t get her started. The majority of PF know just how self obsessed, condescending she is with this topic. She ALWAYS knows and buys the “IT” items before everyone else. It’s going to be a long winded comment about Bottega and Balenciaga 🙄

Ed B
Ed B
1 month ago

It’s weird that both the YSL tote and the Chanel…whatever you’d call that made the same PR moves, around the same time, all influencers wearing them etc etc and yet the Chanel one I still hate and YSL has grown on me a little. Not enough to buy my own but I’ve seen it in the wild multiple times and don’t mind the look at all.

Sophia
Sophia
1 month ago

So over these giant monopolies of a brand (with the exception of Miu Miu), nearly all of them have seriously screwed up morals/ethicals and could give a sh*t about their customers. Also, it is such as easy choice to make their production/ use materials and packaging that are sustainable and they consistently make the wrong choice.

cloe
cloe
1 month ago
Reply to  Sophia

MiuMiu is owned by Prada.

MariaP
MariaP
1 month ago

Chanel cruise collection , when will it arrive?
Looking for small clutch on chain

GG Pastel