I Found the Next It Bag, and Naturally NYC Girls Are Already All Over It


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I've always been fascinated by the style in New York. Even before I moved to the city, I always made a point of stalking what the stylish set was wearing and shopping. NYC girls are always first to test-drive the newest emerging trends, and the city is a breeding ground for fashion's latest It items. But as trendy as the style may be here, it's never not practical. So you can imagine that when I started seeing an It bag emerge as a favorite among my peers, I was all over it.

What's the next It bag that's winning over fashion people in New York? Meet Mansur Gavriel's Candy Bag. Launched amid New York Fashion Week's return to in-person shows last month, the bag could be seen on a number of editors and influencers running in between shows and appointments. I even got my hands on it, and I am pleased to share that it's quickly become my go-to. Not only does it fit all the essentials, but the patent finish makes it the perfect addition to any fall 'fit, and its midrange price tag makes it significantly more accessible than most designer It bags. As our senior editor Allyson Payer already noted, the Candy Bag is one we can see ourselves reaching for so often that we forget our other bags exist.

Without further ado, scroll down to see how fashion insiders are wearing the bag, shop the many colors it comes in, and see more mid-priced bags with It potential.


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The Candy bag is already a go-to style among top influencers like Alyssa Coscarelli.


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The fashion set has taken to styling the bag with a number of different outfits, from matching skirt sets to pretty dresses.


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The shoulder-bag shape holds a surprising amount, making it one of the more practical picks among all '90s-inspired bags.


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I opted to style the bag with a coordinating tailored vest and blazer.


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Simple basics like trousers and jersey tops are also favorite pieces to wear with the bag.


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I love how the patent finish really pulls any look together.


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The versatile shape works well with everything from more casual looks to dressier ensembles.


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But it plays especially well with fall-favorite knits.

Now, more mid-priced handbags with It potential:

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Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.