It’s less than 40 days to a whole new year. We daresay we all deserve some champagne and a pat on the back for making it through the wild ride that is 2020. And some retail therapy wouldn’t hurt either.
On that last note, we have got our eyes on some new arm candies to swing through the year-end period with grace and poise. Shop our top picks just in time for the low-key Christmas dinners or local staycations you may have planned ahead!
In the 1990s, there was the Prada nylon bag. Now meet its predecessor, the Prada Cleo, that’s quickly becoming the brand’s new it-bag. Arriving in a similar classic, curved silhouette but with a classier, glossy finish, the Cleo is one of the first accessories born from Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ joint creative reins of the house. The sleek shoulder bag is available with or without a flap, accented by an enamel triangle logo at the front. It comes in 4 modern shades such as Orchidea Blush and Prada Acqua, as well as the no-fail black and white. W Wprada.com
Gucci Jackie 1961
Who can forget one of the most iconic bags of all time, named after former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy? Paying tribute to the original while getting a makeover for today, the reimagined Jackie 1961 hobo bag features a detachable shoulder strap that allows it to be worn two ways – top-handle or crossbody. It also comes in fresh pastel hues, phyton prints and the trademark GG Supreme canvas in the standard medium size, or more petite small and mini versions. W gucci.com
Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines
If you’re looking for a handbag that doubles as a work of art, there’s the ArtyCapucines for you. In the second wave of Louis Vuitton’s answer to Dior’s Lady Dior Art, the Maison has collaborated with 6 contemporary artists including Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao, all of whom have given the Capucines bag their own spin. Each collection will be released in a limited edition of 200 in selected stores worldwide, so owners will earn bragging rights for getting one of these beautiful pieces of savoir faire. W louisvuitton.com
Taking cue from Nike – no, not the sportswear brand, but the Greek goddess of victory – the new Bonia Samothrace features the mythical being’s winged silhouette. Crafted locally with quality leather, the bag symbolises the statue’s ideal of victory – finding strength in oneself to take flight and overcome obstacles in daily life. The bag comes in a range of soft, pastel colours in three sizes: XS, S and M. W bonia.com
To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, Mulberry is bringing back its iconic Alexa bag with key sustainable updates. Staying true to the original satchel design of 2010 that was inspired by Alexa Chung’s laid-back confidence, the revisited silhouette is now made with gold-standard leather from environmentally accredited tanneries and is crafted at the brand’s carbon neutral UK factories. On top of the signature Mulberry palette (Mulberry Green, Deep Amber and Black), the new range will also feature festive hues and earthy neutrals in a trio of sizes: mini, classic and oversized. W mulberry.com
Saint Laurent Carre
Whilst the Solferino won hearts during the Pre-Fall season, Saint Laurent’s Carre is taking the lead as winter approaches. It is defined by a boxy outline crafted using painstaking traditions of maroquinerie (leather making), complemented by an engravable square clasp on the flap that departs from the brand’s usual logo hardware. Keeping with its timeless appeal, the bag comes in perennial colours like Black, Sapphire Blue, Rouge Opium and Dark Sun. W ysl.com
Chloe Darryl Saddle
Joining Chloe’s Darryl family of bags is a new compact saddle that exudes a unique ‘70s spirit rooted in the brand’s DNA. Like its older siblings, the Darryl Saddle features equestrian-inspired elements and interlaced ring details with a subtle logo on its front flap. White top-stitching on the small grain leather completes its look. Reflecting the shades of autumn, the range is available in muted tones such as army khaki, sepia brown, peach bloom, light cloud, motty gray and black. W chloe.com
An exclusive video (see below) follows the launch of Tod’s Holly bag, depicting the handcrafted journey that goes into the making of the new signature. Dubbed Hollyworld, the imaginary story illustrated by artist Andrea Tarella highlights the careful selection of leather, the seamless stitching and dyeing process before it materialises into the contemporary top handle Holly bag in all its beauty. The resulting line comes in a rainbow of vivid colours, textures and prints – ideal for the modern woman. W tods.com
Featured image: Bonia Samothrace
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