Trust Me—These Are the Most Important Designer Bags of the Year

There's very little that unites the vast array of beautiful designer handbags for 2019 apart from the fact they are, indeed, beautiful designer handbags. These days, rather than one overarching silhouette or finish leading the charge for all bags everywhere, you'll find that each high-fashion brand has the style that most suits their unique aesthetic. So forget the notion that only satchels can be stylish when shoulder bags are out or that bucket drawstring totes are the only thing to be seen carrying. Trust us—there's a deluxe bag out there for everyone.

If you like your investments to be loud, flashy and conspicuous, it's likely you'll be drawn to Fendi's new embellished Baguettes. If you're still adhering to the Phoebe Philo school of hushed luxury, Chloé's simple shoulder bag may become your new go-to thanks to its minimal detailing and chic "C" logo. It looks like the interest in backpacks has waned slightly, and clutches continue have grown in popularity thanks to Bottega Veneta, but the runways of autumn/winter 2019 do play host to a wide array of new ideas if you're looking for something subtle but unusual.

Keep reading to discover the chief designer bags of 2019, and then shop a few...

BOTTEGA VENETA: POUCH

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There is a lot of buzz surrounding Bottega Veneta this season thanks to the new creative director Daniel Lee, who has debuted two new bags for the house, the Maxi and the Pouch. This oversized slouchy clutch bag was a real hit at fashion month—especially the stone colour Pernille Teisbaek is carrying below. Since then celebs have taken to it (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in particular) and it's been near-impossible to find them in stock. 

JACQUEMUS: LE CHIQUITO

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Barely a bag, struggling to even be a purse, somehow the world's teeniest, tiniest mini tote from Jacquemus has proven to be a big smash. Le Chiquitos sell out as soon as they drop online and have a following that expands way beyond the UK and Europe—this is Instagram and collectable fashion fodder as it's most ironic, and that's before we get to the necklace version…

CHLOÉ: C BAG

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Chloé's new bag, the C, might be our favourite of the Parisian's brands many It bags to date. Featuring a jumbo "C" on the front (how'd you guess?), this elegant new range includes flap-fronted messengers, shoulder bags and clutches in all of those sumptuous, earthy colours you'd associate with a catwalk full of #ChloéGirls.

FENDI: BAGUETTE BAG

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Finally, our prayers have been answered. The Baguette is back with a big, loud bang. Whether rendered in denim with fluoro stitching or embellished up to its eyeballs in beading, these new Baguettes are not for the shy and retiring. Fashion girls everywhere have been snapping up secondhand versions, but now that the brand is re-releasing them, there's a chance to grab a box-fresh version all over again.

This bag comes in lots of colours and bold prints. 

PRADA: SIDONIE BAG

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Tapping into that '90s nostalgia for teeny-tiny shoulder bags, Prada has created the ultimate option for a girl in 2019: the Sidonie. It comes in a vast range of colours and colour-blocked options, with the primary brights looking particularly spectacular both on and off the runway. This style has started for cruise 2019 but continues on into the spring/summer collections, and I have a feeling it will become a collector's item of the future.

MULBERRY: KEELEY BAG

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Mulberry's chain-fastened Keeley bag has proven to be a hit inside the Who What Wear office, particularly in the more adventurous colours and finishes, like this dreamy blue. You can get it in multiple sizes (but even the small one can carry a lot) and we're also keen on the lizard print as well as the more crafty woven styles.

CHANEL: SIDE PACK BAG

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What's better than one Chanel bag? Two. There are many magnificent new styles to choose from the spring/summer 2019 seaside-inspired collection, but we have a strong feeling this will be the street styler's option of choice. The Side Packs are "carried in duo, crossing over each hip introducing a new way of being worn," according to a press release. They also featured handy little hooks for carrying your summer sandals during those moments where you simply have to go barefoot.

DIOR: SADDLE BAG

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Following a huge comeback in 2018, it's no wonder that Dior's Saddle bag is coming out in many new versions this year, as well as more of the classic styles you'll know and love. From the instantly recognisable Oblique monogrammed shoulder bag to fresher styles in mini and midi sizes with jazzed-up, embellished straps, there's a Saddle for all—if you've got the money to burn. J'Dior, indeed.

BY FAR: RACHEL BAG

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There's no end to the '90s revivals on planet fashion but this little bag has to be the chicest part of the comeback overall. The Rachel bag from accessories label By Far has been picked up by literally every influencer going, and spawned many a copycat on the high street. It's been hard work tracking down both the plain tan version and its mock-croc iteration as those two finishes have been the most popular of all, but there are more coming onto By Far's own website soon.

LOUIS VUITTON: NEW WAVE BAG

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As seen on the runways and an elite selection of celebrities (such as Chloë Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning), Louis Vuitton's curvy New Wave bag is now being constantly redesigned as part of the heritage brand's The Icons collection. There are many colourways from the latest drop, but I have to admit I'm a sucker for the really OTT printed and monogrammed versions, like the option below.

LOEWE: BASKET BAGS

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Last summer, Loewe saw a great deal of success with their jumbo, super-luxe, leather logo basket bags—no influencer holiday was complete without one. Creative director Jonathan Anderson has wisely taken this popular style and developed on it even further for spring/summer 2019. You'll find new versions with cool handle detailing (like the chain option above), alternative straw weaves and even raffia take on the brand's street style–adored Gate bag.

GUCCI: ARLI BAG

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There are so many coveted styled in Gucci's handbag famiglia that it can be hard to keep up. All the pieces that have been created under Alessandro Michele still stand up as worthwhile investment pieces, but if you're looking for the latest and greatest, you need to know about the horse-bit adorned collection of Zumi handbags. They're inspired by a Gucci bag from the 1960s and you'll find it in different styles, from this neat cross-body to more elaborate totes.

CELINE: C BAG

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From the first Celine collection of new creative director Hedi Slimane comes a different era for the French brand's accessories department. His designs are sturdier and fiercer. Take this already celebrity-endorsed "C" bag as a prime example of what we're talking about.

PACO RABANNE: ICONIC CHAIN BAG

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As the brand buyers have been raving about (they all fell head-over-heels for the spring 2019 show), you'll start to see the Paco Rabanne more from here on out. Signature chainmail from the '60s is being reworked for the modern age, and every cool girl is trying to get their hands on the silver or gold Iconic bags. 

ELLEME: RAISIN AND BAOZI BAGS

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I was pleased as punch when I managed to get hold of a Baozi bag from new French handbag brand, Elleme, before they were available in the UK. They were still relatively unknown at the beginning of the year, but thanks to Instagram these little beauties have become a cult hit among the style set. The circular handle and raffia finish make both trending pieces instantly recognisable, but there are many different iterations to discover in their full collection. FYI, the Baozi is a slightly smaller version of the Raisin.

JW ANDERSON: KEYTS BAG

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JW Anderson's key bag for spring summer 2019 is the Keyts, a classic leather shoulder bag with an interesting gold lock and key fastening on the flap.

BURBERRY: TB BAG

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Burberry's leather TB crossbody bag is bound to become a new classic. It's an elegant and timeless shape, and the TB monogram is a nod to the founder Thomas Burberry. It was designed by the English graphic designer Peter Saville.

Next up, your guide to all the 2019 shoe trends.

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.