11 Quiet-Luxury Bags That Are Low-Key, Anti-Trend, and Peak Cool

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Conversations about designer handbags typically revolve around one specific phrase: "It bags." That saying has been less prominent recently, though, replaced by "quiet-luxury bags" that combine ease, subtlety, and quality craftsmanship without prominent logos. Such discussions are unfolding everywhere from our editor Slack channels to TikTok to The Wall Street Journal. But this isn't to say that these bags are completely unidentifiable despite a lack of branding. Rather, they have details such as signature clasps and unique silhouettes that only astute fashion observers would recognize.

Though there are a number of cult bags that fall into the camp of quiet luxury, Savette is a noteworthy newcomer. According to Net-a-Porter Market Director Libby Page, sleek silhouettes from Savette are resonating with shoppers, making it one of the only brands to successfully break into the luxury-bag market across the retailer in a long time. This signals a rise in the quiet-luxury category overall, as the label joins the leagues of investment brands such as Hermès, Khaite, Celine, and Prada that are as quiet as they are cool. Here, see the low-key luxury bags that are primed to be in your closet for many years ahead.

Savette Symmetry Bag

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One of the breakout brands from the last several years, Savette—the brainchild of founder and designer Amy Zurek—is known for its logoless bags that are finished with its signature metal hardware.

Hermès bags are famous for their long waiting lists and mysterious buying practices as much as they're known for their cult status among fashion's most in-the-know insiders. Kelly bags, in particular, are a style that is practically free of branding and known for their expert craftsmanship.

Celine Triomphe Bag

The metal clasp on Celine's Triomphe bags takes inspiration from the metal chain surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Otherwise, the bags retain clean and sleek lines, making them seasonless, functional, and beautiful pieces.

The Row '90s Bag

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The '90s are a time defined by pared-back minimalism. That has been distilled into The Row's '90s bag—an unfussy, simple leather baguette that has been in such high demand that it now requires a preorder and months-long wait to receive one.

Totême T-Lock Bag

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Inconspicuous, elegant, and unrecognizable except for the subtle "T" clasp, Totême's T-Lock bag is one of the most notable bag launches in recent memory.

Prada Re-Edition 1995 Bag

The Prada Re-Edition 1995 bag was famously carried by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy—a fashion icon known for her quiet-luxury style. It was brought back by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, and the co-designers ushered the timeless bag back into the fashion space, making it one of the key investment buys to own.

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At Khaite, Cate Holstein designs pieces for New York women. Among them is the Olivia bag, a style that masters the balance of simplicity and modern cool.

Bottega Veneta Arco Bag

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With Matthieu Blazy at the helm of Bottega Veneta, the brand has reached a new level of buzz and has distilled some of its archival design elements (including woven leather) into some truly seasonless bags, including the Arco Tote.

Métier Perriand Bag

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With a line of expertly crafted travel-inspired luxury leather goods, London-based brand Métier should be on the top of your radar for timeless pieces to bring on a flight or road trip.

Like the city it's named for, Saint Laurent's Manhattan bag is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless.

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Bag

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Named after Lee Radziwill, the eponymous Tory Burch bag mirrors the late fashion icon's style with its structured silhouette, top handle, and timeless design.