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I've already bought what will likely be my primary summer bag, and it's a Supreme fanny pack. Yeah, I know. I know! I've decided to partake in one of the more controversial bag trends in recent memory, and after taking the bag for its first test drive last night at the Lorde concert in Brooklyn, I don't regret it.
I'll have more on my new acquisition in the next couple weeks after I carry it more, but in the meantime, I've been taking note of all the bags out there that I'd want to get if I had an unlimited budget. For the first time in a couple seasons, there are a ton of them. Take a look at my favorites for spring below, and let me know what you'd pick up in the comments.
Balenciaga Extra Small Triange Square Bag
$1,890 via Nordstrom
I'm 50/50 on Demna Gvasalia's work at Balenciaga so far: some of it I think is both clever and chic, but he frequently strays into eye-roll territory for me, especially in handbags. I like some of the brand's simpler spring stuff a lot, though, including this little square design, a logo bag stripped down to its barest elements. The shape is one I like carrying, and although I'm sure I'd get it dirty immediately, the graphic white would be great for summer.
Céline Small Soft Cube Bag
$1,700 via Céline
I told you I like this bag structure a lot! It's convenient and functional, holding a fair bit without too much structural bulk. The mint green Céline is doing this season is very pretty, even if it's not really in my personal color palette.
Chanel Camera Bag
$3,900 via Chanel
I love a camera bag and always have; it's one of the styles I carry most frequently, especially in the summer. I love Chanel's flap bags, but for my own personal use, I feel like I'd get more mileage out of a style like this.
Danse Lente Mini Johnny Bucket Bag
$380 via Nordstrom
I've been really intrigued by Danse Lente since Net-a-Porter started carrying the bags last year because it seems like the brand gives you a really sophisticated look and finish for the money. The Johnny bag has been Danse Lente's most successful design (it even helped kick off a trend), and the shoulder strap and neat way that the top strap falls to the side of the bag make it far more useful than it looks like it might be at first.
Fendi Peekaboo Mini Bag
$3,700 via Fendi
I've always loved the Peekaboo, especially in this mini size, and I've always had a soft spot for silver accessories. Two birds, one stone.
Flynn Hampton Tote
$395 via Shopbop
Circle-handled market totes have become a slow-building trend with surprising staying power, and I'm absolutely obsessed with this particular floral print. The structure would probably prevent me from using the bag all that frequently, but the price is pretty reasonable and it'd be a super fun piece to have on hand for the right situations.
Gucci Guccy Mini Shoulder Bag
$1,790 via Gucci
I won't apologize for this and no one can make me!
Louis Vuitton Tuileries Besace Bag
$2,120 via Louis Vuitton
For a long time, I was sort of ambivalent to Louis Vuitton's monogram bags; I understood why the print was a classic and occasionally liked a bag in it, but overall, it wasn't for me. Lately, though, Nicolas Ghesquiere's penchant for mixing colored leathers with the standard monogram has helped me see it in a new, more modern light. I especially like this mix of cream, navy and burgundy on a super useful bag structure like the Tuileries Besace.
Nico Giani Tunilla Bag
$550 via Net-a-Porter
I like the idea of canvas or straw bags for spring and summer, but usually, I have a hard time seeing how they'd fit naturally into my wardrobe, which is heavily black. This bag's tailored shape and
Off-White Binder Clip Bag
$820 via Net-a-Porter
I'm admittedly kind of a hypebeast (I already told you about the Supreme fanny pack), and that means I'm into Virgil Abloh and his work for Off-White. I like the black and white design of this bag, but I especially like the strap.
Prada Studded Nylon Messenger Bag
$1,950 via Neiman Marcus
I was a high school punk in the early 2000s, but that was also the time I really started to develop an interest in handbags, so as you can imagine, a studded Prada nylon messenger hits me directly in the nostalgic sweet spot.
Proenza Schouler Mini Hex Tote
$795 via Nordstrom
My Proenza Schouler PS1 is still one of my all-time favorite bags, but it's been a while since the brand debuted something that truly interested me. For some reason, the littlest option of the tote version of the Hex bag (you got all that?) is pushing my buttons; it looks like it'd be the sort of bag I'd be throwing my stuff into all the time. I'd probably use it more in a different color, but this is the only one I could find in this size.
Saint Laurent Sunset Python Bag
$2,450 via Neiman Marcus
I just love the treatment on this python. I'd want any bag made in it.
Studio 33 Slay Camera Bag
$95 via Shopbop
Not only do I love anything color-shifting or iridescent, but an increasing number of concert, sporting events and similar occasions require a transparent bag. Why not get a super cute one?
Welden Sonder Tote
$595 via Shopbop
Handheld totes are a huge trend right now (more on that next week), and this one's medium size and optional shoulder strap make it more broadly useful than most. I love the texture and geometric shape, and the off-white color is perfect for warm weather.
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