Which Vintage Bags Will Trend Next?

It’s time for a new army of retro revivals

Dior Saddle, Fendi Baguette, Balenciaga City, Louis Vuitton Multicolore Monogram – you’re no doubt aware of the vintage handbags which have made their way back into the fashion spotlight in recent years. With retro trends at an all-time high, the resurgence of these styles, mostly hailing from the 1990s and early 2000s has been hard to miss.

But their reign over our handbag wish lists must come to an end. And with vintage fashion becoming increasingly sought after, not to mention profitable for resale platforms and collectors alike, the question on our lips is unsurprising. Which vintage bags will trend next?

That’s right. Fashion is set to usher in a new wave of vintage bag designs for the industry to collectively fawn over. So, read on for those handbag aficionados eager to discover the soon-to-be sought-after retro finds that are best investing in now.

YSL Mombasa

Saint Laurent Mombasa
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YSL Mombasa
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Think you’ve seen the last of returning Y2K shoulder bags? Think again. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mombasa bag is quite unlike many of the underarm bags from the early aughts that you’ve no doubt come across.

Instead of an assortment of statement embellishments, the Mombasa style stands out thanks to its distinctive horn handle made from naturally shed deer horns and decorated with metal. Crafted to a smooth, curved hobo silhouette with paneled stitching, the Mombasa’s easy-to-love functional shape made it an instant hit.

Designed by Tom Ford in 2001, the bag was part of his YSL rebrand and helped to imbue covetable appeal back into the famed, yet stalling, fashion house at the time.

The Mombasa’s magic lies in its absence of logos, monogram detailing, or design features that would otherwise intrinsically tie it to the flashy Y2K style. While the coveted hobo shape is a throwback to the 2000s, the style’s clean-cut lines and minimalist flair are set to make the Mombasa a revival bag you won’t be sick of any time soon.

Balenciaga Midday

Balenciaga Midday Bag

If you’re a fan of the Kate Moss-approved Balenciaga City, or perhaps the label’s latest reincarnation of the famous model-off-duty meets biker chic aesthetic – the Le Cagole shoulder bag, then you’re sure to be on board with this next style.

Let us reintroduce you to the Balenciaga Midday. Also hailing from Balenciaga’s line of Motorcycle bags that first garnered cult status during the early 2000s, the Midday offers the famous distressed leather and studded embellishments in the form of a spacious round bowling bag.

Celine Luggage Tote

No bag encapsulates the designer handbag fervor of the 2010s quite like the Celine Luggage Tote. Debuting at the start of the decade, Phoebe Philo’s structured yet roomy tote for Celine signaled a clear breakaway from the itty-bitty, logo-clad styles of the Y2K fashion phenomenon. Instead, they ushered in a new era of handbag designs.

The Luggage Tote’s bold shape, complete with structured handles and curved paneling, has made the design instantly recognizable as a Celine classic despite minimal logo lettering. While the style has remained a house classic since its inception, the returning era of tote bag love is set to make this spacious favorite a must-have spotted in street-style snaps and atop handbag wish lists alike.

Colorful Louis Vuitton Leather

The revival of vintage Louis Vuitton bags is nothing new. A slew of eye-catching designs sporting the Parisian house’s famous LV insignia has become wildly sought after and enjoyed a surge in resale value in recent years. But now it’s time to turn to the label’s colorful leather styles.

You’ll find leather in vibrant hues in lieu of Louis Vuitton’s famous Monogram print. Think classics like the iconic Speedy in bright yellow Epi leather or the Alma top handle in patent red. It’s all about bold colors and showing a little love for Louis Vuitton’s often-overlooked leather styles.

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

Remembering Chanel Grand Shopping Tote

Since being discontinued in 2015, the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote has garnered many mourners amongst the designer handbag fanbase. Synonymous with functionality while remaining loyal to Chanel’s iconic diamond-stitched quilting, leather-interwoven chain, and, of course, CC insignia, it was the tote that everyone couldn’t keep their hands off.

The boxy yet comfortable style enjoyed three decades in the limelight, and after a brief hiatus, it seems the fan-favorite carry-all looks as if it could be back for another run. Combining the sleek minimalism of the 1990s, the logomania of the early aughts, and the 2010s’ tote obsession, what’s not to love?


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  1. Dionelliys Avatar

    Did people even stop wearing the luggage tote yet? Jikes, time flies.

    It’s still on my whishlist that I wrote what feels like just a few years ago. When the tote first gained popularity that is… 😅

    1. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar
      Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Hoping it comes back with a vengeance because I bought 3 in a short span of time and I need them to look super cool again! Ha

      1. Dionelliys Avatar

        I feel you, haha. What colors and sizes did you buy? 😍 Do you still wear them, or are they just in storage waiting for their moment?

    2. Kaly Avatar

      I have lusted for one as well and this blue color in particular!! Maybe this is a sign that it’s time for us to pull the trigger and buy one??! 😉

      1. Dionelliys Avatar

        I don’t know but I think we should interpret it as one. 😌🌟 What size are you contemplating? 🙊 I have been set on the small crossbody due to it’s lighter weight but what my heart truly desires is a phantom… 🥹

      2. Kaly Avatar

        I’m so with you! I tend to go crossbody as it’s much more user friendly BUT a BIG phantom really gets my heart rate up! 💓

    3. FashionableLena Avatar

      I see them where I live all of the time. I recently saw one for sale at Neiman’s in taupe with contrast stitching. It’s beautiful. If you like it, buy it. Who cares if it’s in style?

  2. Antonia Avatar

    Love that Balenciaga Murier bag…it’s like the XL version of the Velo-more room if you need it. No strap though.

  3. Evergreen602 Avatar

    Givenchy Antigona, anyone? Every couple of years it seems this bag is declared over, yet it is still around. I have one, and admit I would love to get one more.

  4. Krissy Avatar

    And once more, I regret selling my Celine. *sigh*

  5. Jerri R Avatar
    Jerri R

    Vuitton Babylone in Mono Canvas!!!

  6. Slim Avatar

    I have the Celine luggage and Chanel tote, never giving up and still rocking both!

  7. jiljenner Avatar

    Celine’s Soft Cube has a near cult-like following, so although it may not technically be vintage, I could see it gaining new traction.

    I’ve also seen more Louis Vuitton Speedies this year, size 30 in particular, than I recall in the recent past. However, I acknowledge that those may not have gone off-trend, to then re-trend.

    Personally, I would love to see a revival amongst the youth of the colorful monogram bags from Coach and Dooney & Bourke in the early aughts. I thought those were so fun!

  8. Pic1632 Avatar

    Lv wilshire pm. Just the best bag in great colors and vernis is still luxe. I bought 2 I love it so much. Plus it holds so much while carrying light.

    1. Gayle Avatar

      This was my first LV bag that i got brand new was a bday gift from my mom. Still had the receipt inside and year was 2008. Not selling it because of sentimental reasons. I havent used it in awhile though.

  9. FashionableLena Avatar

    I would like to see the YSL Muse and Muse II come back in a range of sizes.

  10. Qmanh Avatar

    I remember having my nano luggage tote sent from Nordstrom over 10 years ago. Now that was the best size! The robot face always seemed to be smiling at me. I haven’t carried it for years because I’ve switched to crossbody, but no new purse has given me such a thrill since. I hope Celine will do a similar size with straps.

  11. Jenny Avatar

    I would love to see the Chanel PST along with the GST. I still have my black with gold hardware PST and I still love it, though I don’t use often. It is the perfect day to night bag.

  12. Carm Avatar

    I’ve been HERE for all of these!!! except the GST i prefer the petite size 😉

  13. Passerine Avatar

    I believe we will see more classic LVs in circulation. Not Speedys and Neverfulls but bags like the Pont Neuf in Epi shown in this column, the Alma PM in Amarante Vernis and in various Epi colors, the Ellipse (love that darker, caramel colored leather trim), the Galliera, etc. While strolling around the rue du Bac, rue de Varenne, Blvd Raspail, ue de Commaille, rue de la Planche, etc last month I noticed many Parisian women carrying these older bags instead of the newest models (with some exceptions of course). A few reasons: the bags are well made. They still look great. And they are “value priced” compared to the increasingly stratospheric prices of new premium designer bags.