This just might be the year that the It bag evolved into something entirely new. This year we witnessed a bag so popular even we couldn’t get our hands on it, iconic designs resurrected from decades earlier, and affordable purses with a cult following that rival designs 10 times their price. We also saw just-launched brands become popular overnight thanks in part to Instagram and its power to elicit discovery on a global scale.
What we have in 2019 is a group of It bags that include many of the key luxury brands you would normally expect, but also bags from on-the-rise labels that are reaching cult status in a way that they haven’t in the past. Ahead, discover the 13 popular purses that have defined the meaning of It bag in 2019 (so far). Keep scrolling to find out why each of these bags made the cut and shop our edit.
With Julien Dossena at the helm of Paco Rabanne, the iconic brand has again become as in demand as it was decades ago. Among its most cult-worthy items? The brand's signature chainmail bags that were originally designed in the 1960s.
As we move into fall, the oversize bag trend will really find its footing. Margiela's puffy clutches were everywhere on the street style scene during Paris couture week and stye style's popularity will no doubt continue as we approach fashion month.
The fashion world can't stop talking about the big bag trend, but the Jacquemus Le Chiquito is the popular mini that proves tiny bags still have legs. And yes, there's a teenier, tinier version you can order that measures just two inches across.
With a $325 price point, Staud's Rey bag is the affordable It bag to know about. With a refined silhouette and faux-crocodile finish, it taps into the sophistication that will define fashion for the second half of 2019.
This fall, frame bags are set to take over as polished style comes into focus. Leading the pack? The Twin Frame Bag from Ratio et Motus. While this vintage-inspired tote has already established itself as a cult item in 2019, we only expect it to gain popularity as the year continues.
Get ready to know Lola, Burberry's just-launched bag that we're already awarding It status. Its chunky chain strap lines up with fall's chunky jewelry trend and is balanced out by an elegant quilted finish.
If there are two things that define Chanel more than anything else, it's tweed and pearls. Those two details are the focus on Chanel's latest must-buy bag, which has a luxe tweed finish in pink or black and a handle crafted from XL faux pearls.
Leave it to Nicholas Ghesquière to design a bag that exhibits all of Louis Vuitton's core design principles in an entirely new and modern way with the Dauphine bag. The flap bag is finished with a leather and chain strap and comes in the classic LV monogram as well as solid color versions.
Here's the cool bag that's basically a grown-up version of a shopping bag updated with a luxe leather finish. With a wide range of shades, Madea's totes are the easy not-really-trying bags to pair with anything in your wardrobe.