I don’t know about you, but there’s no better Sunday activity for me than people-watching for hours on end. All I need is a cozy corner table at a cafe on a busy street corner with an oat milk latte in hand, and I could honestly sit forever. While I’m sure everyone’s people-watching motives are different, mine are strictly style and fashion related. I get such a thrill, not to mention endless inspiration, from spotting fabulous outfits, and bags, IRL.
While yes, I live in New York, where there is an endless stream of great street style, I also get a thrill out of doing this in other places too. Over the summer, I traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, and Lisbon, Portugal, and I included some time to chill and style-watch. Tel-Aviv was giving stylish but casual, beachy vibes, and the designer bags were slim, but I did spot a bit of Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. This May, I’m heading to Paris with my mom for a girl’s trip, and I told her that our itinerary must include at least a day or two of strolling, which for me means shopping, cafe hopping, and people-watching, of course.
Bag-Watching in the Wild
I love comparing the styles and bags I see in New York to that of other places—both major cities and not. And even in New York, the styles change from one neighborhood to the next, which is part of why I really adore living in New York. People’s differing ways of dressing and styling their bags are unique and special. It’s those reasons, in part, why we started our Bags in the Wild series in the first place.
Unfortunately, we can’t have eyes everywhere and in every city, and I’m intrigued to know which bag brands you find the most ubiquitous where you live? Personally, living in downtown NYC, I see a lot of vintage bags from Gucci and Dior. Still, overwhelmingly, I see a ton of Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga (scandal or not, the Le Cagole is EVERYWHERE). Drop us a comment from your city, and let us know which brands reign supreme in your region!