I was talking with a friend last night about when she used to be a personal shopper and bought a bunch of bags for people in the “it bag” heyday. Those days have left us now, and the most recent bag or designer that could be considered anything close to an “it bag” is Mansur Gavriel.

I remember certain bags over the years that I saw and I had to have. It was this deep yearning in my soul for the bag and I would obsess over it, research it, talk to people on PurseForum about it and, if I was lucky, end up buying it. So much has changed over the years; mainly, I’ve grown up a bit and been much more thoughtful with my purchases (ugh, adulthood), but also, specific designer handbags don’t quite reach that immense fandom that they once did. Overall, shoppers are much more thoughtful about their purchases and want to make sure they are making the right decision when it comes to buying a new bag.

I was thinking about this top and if I were to buy a bag right now, what bag would I buy, and I ended up having to pause to really consider it. There are some bags I like right now, including this Saint Laurent bag, and I’m drawn to Dior bags, but I can’t say there is a bag that is pulling at my heartstrings.

So it got me thinking: what is the last bag that made you say “I have to have it!”

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  • Moesha75

    The Valentino My Rockstud Striped bag. The black and white and the multicolored bags are so beautiful.

  • bir

    Chanel evening bag in the shape of the makeup and powder cases i adore them

    • Yep, I’ve seen these and I love them!

    • Jerri R

      Recently saw that at a Neiman Marcus and fell in love with it! But didn’t have $8500 on me :(

  • Stina Sias

    Loewe puzzle… I went from wanting to know more to buying one in about 5 seconds.

    • Amommy

      Yes, me too! Currently stalking pink!

      • Stina Sias

        That’s what I bought! I’m glad I’m not the only person who likes this bag there hasn’t been much buzz about it

      • It’s under the radar, but quite beautiful!

      • Stina Sias

        Thanks Megs, having your endorsement makes me feel really confident about my choice :D

      • Goober

        I recently purchased a puzzle in tan. For years I’ve known my next bag would be a Veneta. Until I saw the puzzle and couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s just the perfect bag.

      • Stina Sias

        Right?? Imo it even looks better when it loses its shape and slouches a little.

      • Stina Sias

        did you get the suede tan one?

      • Stina Sias

        Did you get the tan suede one?

  • Dylan Propst

    The prada fringed cervo tote. So beautiful.

    • I love something different, that is a good bag and the fringe is special!

  • Jonas Wa

    Fendi monster studded backpack

  • I was a bit late to the party but I had to have the Celine Edge, finally got one in black and emerald. Next on my must have list is a Be Dior and the small Gucci interlocking bag. Then Hermes Kelly.

  • TexasST

    I am so bummed I missed out on the Anya Hindmarch Stickers Ebury 35cm bag. The only ones I can find now are the maxi which is way too big. Looks like I will have to try to find one on the resale market someday and settle for a Stickers Journal to tide me over, LOL.

    • I really wanted a Balenciaga City with a floral leather print – I missed it and started to obsess over it really bad afterward!

  • JaneH

    A Bao Bao Prism tote by Issey Miyake! I don’t know why, I just really want one.

    • Maya

      Because it’s a great bag:)))

    • Sparky

      I saw them when I was in Japan a few years ago. Wonderful bag.

    • Very interesting bag!

  • Suzanne

    I would also say the Valentino black-and-white striped B Rockstud bag. In general those B Rockstuds have a great shape, amazing leather, and are just TDF.

    Unfortunately they are also quite expensive.

  • Kari

    Fendi monster peekaboo…. so much attitude and class at the same time

  • Pearlacces.com

    I would say Givenchy Antigona bag in black color. It looks beautiful and well fitted in daily wear.

  • ElainePG

    My Marc Jacobs Mini54 bag in Flame (a gorgeous shade of red). It’s no longer made, but I planned for it for several months, and had my Nordstrom SA special-order it for me. I realize it’s nothing like an “it” bag, and it’s nearly 2 years old, but I still get loads of compliments on it!

  • leechiyong

    Saint Laurent SDJ Toy-size

  • FashionableLena

    Valentino rockstud shoulder bag in any color but black. Ladylike and edgy.

  • Sparky

    More than one:
    Python Boy. Valentino Lock shoulder. Fendi Monster or Bug. Valextra Manzoni. Judith Leiber lion.

  • JH

    A multi-colored Antigona, a Boy Bag and a Capucines.

  • Nic

    The LV Montaigne GM.

  • Cello82

    Prada inside bag in ostrich leather (Blue or Cloudy grey). It’s new, limited, and it’s ostrich leather!!

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  • Nor Kam

    Saint Lauren Sac De Jour in lipstick red

  • Jess

    I love the Chloé Drew but I don’t have to have it as my shopping habits have changed. On my current wishlist are only bags I would consider as classics. Chanel Reissue, Chanel Boy, Chanel Classic Mini, Delvaux Tempête and my holy grail – Hermès Kelly.

  • Maya

    Mark Cross Grace Bag:)

  • crescent

    I was a fan of the Gucci Disco bag and managed to buy one only last month. The bag I’ve obsessed about for years is the Proenza Schouler PS1. I haven’t pulled the trigger on that yet.

    • elisabeth kartika

      I have a couple of PS1 and are always very pleasant of them! It is a great bag. You should just pull the trigger ;)

  • MicheSheri

    Miche interchangeable purses. I can’t get enough of them!! http://youtu.be/uNpDnRq03T0. Sheristanton.miche.com

    • anon

      LOL. This is such an obvious plug in.

  • Sofie Bergqvist

    Hermes Birkin. I just bougt a black Kelly. At this Point in my life, I go after the classics. Then I mix it up with Prada (Im still in love with Prada Double Bag)

  • justa9url

    Balenciaga ME Velo (black w/ ghw)…I fell in love with the ME after seeing it online not knowing it was available in a Velo (bag of choice). When I saw it in person, I had to have it.

  • Lisa

    Chanel jumbo in dark metallic silver caviar with RHW. Criminally expensive but… I had to have it :-)

    • Mmmm yep that sounds delicious!

      • Lisa

        Sadly, this happens all too often :-) I’m definitely a Chanelaholic!

  • Amalié

    I’ve been wanting Loewe’s small Amazona in black suede for a while. But now I just found this one from Rodtnes. And I love it!!

  • Helene Gardner Kaufman

    A multi-colored or black Antigona or soft Ricky for every day, and a Dior or Chanel wallet on chain in an outrageous color for fun!

  • Amazona

    I feel like there’s always something I have to have. :D

    The last bag I had to have was a black and gold Pure Collection hobo. A year back, I thought I had found the perfect hobo but it had a defect and I had to return it. A couple months back, I came across a gorgeous black hobo with pretty gold HW and a braided leather handle, and that was it. I got so obsessed with it, my BF decided get it for me as an early Christmas present.
    Not so amny designer bags have done this for me lately.

    • Amazona

      Except maybe the large DvF Ready To Go tote.

  • Lina Lee

    I have 2 bags. Chanel reissue flap bag size 226 and Bottega Veneta Nero Intrecciato Napa tote bag in small not in the big size.

  • Stefanie

    The last bag I bought was the Saint Laurent SdJ in grained black leather with silver hardware. I always liked the bag, but when I say that they came out with a grained leather version in addition to the smooth one, I caved and bought it. Most of my bags have gold hardware, so the silver details also “forced” me to purchase it! You know how it is…

  • Porsche Girl

    I had been thinking about getting a Birkin for some time but nothing sang to me until I saw the tricolor ostrich. Bag in Cognac and Saffron, straps in Rouge Vif. OMG!

  • John

    Fendi Monster Nylon bag! First time I saw the tote, I just had to have it (and I do now!)

  • Jazzy

    Fendi 3Jours–bright golden yellow with cobalt blue flaps. My heart dropped into my stomach when I turned the corner at the store and it wasn’t there. Turned out it was moved to another display case. I bought it then and there. Oh yeah, I’m a huge Golden State Warriors fan (team colors!) and I wore that bag to every game throughout their Playoffs run. Go Warriors!

  • Bag lady

    Any of les petits joueurs bags or saint laurent sac du jour nano…girl needs fund!

  • pinkngreenpurse

    The new Coach spring saddlebags….

  • Imgoingbroke

    The brand spanking new Gucci GG Marmont Leather Shoulder Bag. I MUST own it soon! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b299c0680ba78ba6e9bfa8c79d41379dae4740ed5b2aa761a9974b40a48a7c1b.jpg

  • Tracey L.

    LV hand luggage, Grey Lady Dior, Brown Ostrich Birkin and Red Hermes Kelly in that order :)

  • Rashmi

    For me it was the Fendi 3 jours in a beautiful fuschia red with the croco tail!! “I had to have it” therefore I bought it 3 months ago! :)

    Nice topic Megs!

  • Jess

    I have lusted and loved the Givenchy Antigona forever and a day. Then when it finally came to having hte money to buy one (this week). What happens?! I purchased the Pandora :) I realised the Antigona was too structured and I wanted something a bit more casual, and the Pandora is just that. So it’s funny how your feelings can change when you actually go to purchase and it’s business time! A bit of cat and mouse maybe. The chase is finally over, and it’s not so desireable!

  • Jess

    Oh and then I got my second Nina Ricci Marche bag in the small. I have the mini and they’re the most beautifully made bags on the planet. That was a real ‘have to have it’ because I knew it was amazing already! Having two of the same bag in a different size says a lot!

    • beastlybeauty

      This was my last “had to have” purchase too! I really didn’t expect to find another fan of the Marche bag on this thread :)

      • Jess

        Oh my goodness, neither!!! How incredible are they. It’s so wonderful to meet someone who really understands my love for the Marche!!!! Like has nobody noticed how great this bag is. I saw it on Kylie Minogue (obsessed with her) and was like I want a piece of that!!!! Olivia Palermo also works it well. Some celebrities are getting them personalised and choose their own materials.

  • Goober

    Already replied to a comment down thread but the Loewe puzzle in tan. It is my love.

  • Vicky

    Celine Luggage Tote in chocolate grain leather.

  • Nini Kaferle

    The last one is the Kate Spade SS ’16 bee bag ! I already have the snail from SS ’15 so I guess they’ll be friends :-)
    Thankfully, it’s not too spendy and I’ll be able to actually add it to my collection…