Sometimes it takes a trend a couple tries to get off the ground. Several years ago, velvet was all over fall runways, but it seemed like buyers for retail stores weren’t, well, buying it–the velvet pieces went largely unproduced and, in turn, shoppers focused on other things. Now, though, brands are giving velvet another shot, and for Fall 2016, it feels like the time is right for accessories in this plush fabric.

We’re seeing a lot of velvet in both bags and shoes, but today, we’re here to focus on bags. (More on the shoes next week!) When it comes to luxury goods, velvet has a few obvious advantages: First, it’s incredibly luxe-looking and pleasant to touch, which makes it a much more fitting leather alternative for high-end pieces than most other fabrics. Second, velvet bags are usually a bit less expensive than their leather counterparts, which is great when you’re going for a seasonal look.

Fall and winter dressing are all about layering rich textures and colors, and velvet is an ideal way to spruce up your average jeans-and-sweater combo. Below, check out our favorite velvet bags from the season so far.

Bottega Veneta Olimpia Velvet and Watersnake Clutch
$1,800 via Net-a-Porter


Dries van Noten Velvet Shoulder Bag
$1,704 via Bergdorf Goodman


Edie Parker Melissa Velvet Crossbody Bag
$1,595 via Shopbop


Fendi Velvet Peekaboo Bag
$9,900 via Nordstrom


Givenchy Velvet Backpack
$1,730 via Neiman Marcus


Gucci Marmont Velvet Shoulder Bag
$1,790 via Gucci


Jimmy Choo Lockett Petite Velvet Bag
$1,995 via Net-a-Porter


Lanvin Sugar Velvet Shoulder Bag
$1,395 via Saks


Loewe T Large Velvet Pouch
$750 via Barneys


Miu Miu Velutto Top Handle Bag
$2,160 via Nordstrom


Moschino Velvet Convertible Shoulder Bag
$1,050 via Nordstrom


Prada Pionnière Velvet Saddle Bag
$1,770 via Saks


Ralph Lauren Tiffin Velvet Bag
$2,250 via Bergdorf Goodman


Saint Laurent Monogram Medium Velvet Shoulder Bag
$1,990 via Bergdorf Goodman


Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Beaded Shoulder Bag
$1,790 via Bloomingdale’s


See by Chloé Vicki Evening Bucket Bag
$320 via Bloomingdale’s


Stella McCartney Velvet Falabella Bag
$850 via Nordstrom


Zilla Barrel Clutch
$458 via

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6 years ago

But velvet is such a dust magnet!

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6 years ago

And velvet does not age well…

6 years ago

That velvet Givency backpack is amazing!!!

6 years ago

Chanel has a gorgeous velvet bag this season too. And I found a great priced Calvin Klein on Amazon that is super cute. I am going to check out the Gucci this weekend.

6 years ago
Reply to  Lori

Oooh, I love velvet bags and I would be very happy to own a Chanel camera bag in a rich jewel-toned color or black with gold trim. Or maybe a velvet Boy. Of the selection here, the Gucci is the most appealing. I like the Jimmy Choo bag too, but have found the Lockett a PIA to open and close.

Thinking of the earlier LV thread on that awful new bag, if LV’s going to experiment, they should do a small collection of really beautiful ELEGANT bags in velvet. Not oversized bags — maybe the Croisette, the Capucines BB, the Eva, Favorite, or St. Germain. And not go OTT with design elements — just a beautiful velvet fabric, top quality workmanship and some subtle sparkles or gold hardware.

But FWIW, I have yet to see a velvet bag I like better than this gorgeous D&G velvet beauty I saw last December in Milan. The quality of the velvet was amazing and the detailing was exquisite. By the time I’d made up my mind to splurge for it, they were already sold out 🙁

6 years ago

i’m feeling pretty excited about having bought a chanel velvet flap earlier this year! hopefully i’m all set for fall!

6 years ago

I love all of these so much but it is such a waste of money in my opinion because velvet does not age well and always looks kinda bad after a while.

6 years ago

I can’t imagine spending 2k on a velvet bag. They may be “in” now; but they will soon be over.
That said, I totally love that D&G leopard—would wear much better than a solid colour, and would always look stylish.

5 years ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE velvet bags, but would never pay these prices. Way too expensive for something that isn’t top-of-the-line, actual leather. While I agree that they can be dust magnets/etc even while wearing them (which IS annoying), they can be really luxe looking – and a dust roll brush can easily pick off a lint to take care of a less expensive velvet bag.

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