As you probably know, I’ve been looking into what bag to add to my collection next. If you’ve read my ‘5 Designer/Luxury Bags That Fit A Laptop’ post, you’ll have seen that I’m interested in adding either a smaller crossbody, or a larger work bag that can fit both of my laptops inside. I’ve got a total of 5 bags that I’m keeping an eye on at the moment. I normally tend to leave it at least a month or two before deciding to buy a luxury bag, to make sure it isn’t an impulse purchase and that I’m not getting swept up in a new trend.
These are the 5 bags I’ve got my eye on at the moment:
Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Black/Ballerina Regular & Cammello/Rosa Mini
This is kind of cheating by specifying two versions (and on the first bag on my list!), but I’ve been looking at the bucket bag in both the Black/Ballerina regular size, and the Cammello/Rosa mini size. I think the black regular version could be great for work, it’s big enough to fit all my essentials in (not big enough for a laptop though), and the nude lining is a great neutral combined with the black. Then for a summer bag, I think the cammello/rosa mini could be an amazing option. The smaller size works better for summer as I don’t need to carry a scarf, gloves, hat, etc. like I do in winter, and it’d fit my everything I need while I’m not at work, i.e. my camera, purse, phone and sunglasses. I don’t like using big bags at the weekend or while I’m not at work, I feel like they get in the way too much. Which is also why I gravitate more towards crossbody bags.
Anya Hindmarch Crossbody Black
I’ve got a few smaller crossbodys I use in different colours, and I recently bought a similarly-sized Zara bag to the Anya Hindmarch Smiley to test out how much I can fit in and whether I gravitate towards this style and actually use the bag. I really like the black version with the smiley dotted face (rather than the winking face), especially as it’ll go with the majority of my wardrobe. The quality of the leather and the stitching looks amazing, and I love how ‘sleek’ the bag looks, but with the quirky smiley face on the front, injecting a bit of fun into the design.
Celine Trapeze Medium
Celine has always been my favourite luxury brand for bags, but it’s also more on the expensive side. I’ve found a few Trapeze bags on Vestiaire Collective for under £900, which makes them a bit more affordable than the retail price tag. I love the look of the Phantom (see my post here on the Green Stripe Phantom I’m lusting after) and the Luggage, but that they don’t come with a shoulder strap makes them not a practical option for me at the moment. So I looked more towards the Phantom, with it’s detachable shoulder strap, and fell in love. I love the black version with the gold hardware, and the taupe suede colour way too, so I’m deciding between which one would be a better option for my small, but growing, collection.
Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Navy
I’ve been watching loads of unboxing videos of this bag on Youtube recently, and I’ve fallen in love. It’s a similar size to the Anya Hindmarch crossbody, maybe slightly bigger, although the shape is more square than rectangular. I think the detailing with the zips and the texture just works so well together, and also makes the bag more practical. I have heard that the opening and closing of the bag is a bit of a hassle compared to other zip opening bags though, so that’s something I need to keep in mind when potentially buying.
Balenciaga City Bag Grey
The last bag on my list, which maybe isn’t as ‘on trend’ at the moment, but still remains a classic in my eyes. I really like the slouchy-ness of this bag; I sometimes use a similarly slouchy bag from Stradivarius, so I know I would get a lot of use out of this style. I know the more popular colour is the standard black, but I actually really like this grey version. I think it makes the bag look more modern and up-to-date, and because the colour’s so versatile, I know it would go with a lot of my wardrobe and transition nicely from winter into summer. It also fits a 13” laptop in, which means it fits my criteria for a work and travel bag.
What bags do you have your eye on at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!