Trust Me, This Is One Designer Bag You’ll Never Regret Investing In

Ah, handbags. There’s nothing that excites me more. Fashion people say you fall into one of two categories—bags or shoes—and I have never been more sure of something in my life when I say that I am firmly in the bag camp. 

There have been plenty of statement brands, shapes, colours and styles that have reflected certain moments, seasons and moods over the years. The '90s were all about the Hermès Birkin, the 2010s saw the rise of the Celine (then Céline) Luggage tote, and the last few years have been cushioned by cloud-like pillowy styles (think Bottega Veneta's iconic pouch) and logo-emblazoned basket bags (thank you, Loewe). But there’s one perennial style that stands the test of time: the crossbody. Sure, it gets refreshed as the seasons tick by, but its versatility and practicality ensure it remains a wardrobe staple. 

But what should one consider before investing in a new designer bag? "If you're being mindful about value over time, then do your research about which brands hold their value long-term," says COCOON co-founder, CEO and all-round handbag expert Ceanne Fernandes-Wong. "Consider what is likely to stay in fashion. Core ranges and recognisable silhouettes from brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent will never go out of style," she continues. All points that suggest a classic crossbody is always going to be a smart decision. 

So, to help you decide which long-strapped style to invest in, I've sorted through some of the best designer brands to find the timeless styles that you’ll reach for time and again. Scroll down to discover my ultimate list of the best designer crossbody bags. 




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Style Notes: Who can deny the quality and sumptuousness of a Loewe bag? It's a firm favourite among fashion girls, and I love every one of the brand's styles, from the ultra-popular Puzzle to the Goya. Pick a bold colour to help brighten a spring outfit. Rainbow colours work well in summer with white and pastels, too. 

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Style Notes: Gucci always gets the balance between classic and modern right. Some of the brand's most popular styles include the Horsebit 1955 (as modelled here by Francesca), the GG Marmont (choose from leather or velvet fabrications) and the iconic Soho Disco, which you can find on most resale sites.

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Style Notes: Luxury Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta continues to lead the way when it comes to elegant yet cool handbags that feel on-trend with timeless appeal. Along with the Cassette, popular crossbody styles include the Loop, the Pouch and the Jodie, which has recently been updated to feature a handy crossbody chain. Monikh wears one of the newer styles - the Sardine Mini Intrecciato Leather Bag which features a Cross-Body Strap.

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Style Notes: Chances are you've spotted The Row's sleek banana crossbody bag on multiple influencers and industry insiders over the last few years, as it's a staple in any minimalist's wardrobe. I love how relaxed it looks when worn over coats and knits. Take cues from Chiara and wear it with other simple yet sleek essentials like stripes and denim.

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Style Notes: Saint Laurent was founded in 1962 and 60 years later is still one of the top designer brands of choice for those looking to invest. I love Sam's Lou Lou bag, which will go with just about everything in your wardrobe. Other favourites of mine include the Solferino, the Lou camera bag and the Kaia.

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Style Notes: Celine rarely puts a foot wrong. Known for its minimalist, French-girl style, the brand's bags are made from high-quality materials, which are cut in simple shapes that ensure they hold their value well over time. 

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Style Notes: Wandler—which was founded in 2017— is a great choice if you're looking for a designer brand that is slightly more affordable. Elegant and modern, the brand was first known for its Hortensia bag, which is crafted from supple leather in a sculpted silhouette. 

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

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Poppy Nash
Managing Editor

Poppy joined the Who What Wear UK team as managing editor in 2022. After graduating from university with a degree in English literature, she worked for a number of print and digital publications, including Women's Health, The Times, Hello! and Marie Claire. In these roles she assisted the fashion teams with print content as well as digital shopping features, shoots and celebrity news.

Prior to Who What Wear, Poppy worked at SheerLuxe as the commercial content manager. There she oversaw all paid-for site content and inclusions, managed the visual assets and briefs for branded content, and ensured all content—whether editorial or commercial—was in line with overall brand guidelines and tone. She also supported the editorial team by looking after visual merchandising on site and reviewing the brand’s daily newsletters.

As WWW UK’s managing editor, Poppy spends most of her time looking after the content calendar and all output across the brand, in addition to working with contributors, supporting with social media planning, assisting with branded content and contributing to brand strategy. Poppy prides herself on being organised, and a keen eye for detail means she oversees the production of tentpole moments such as Who What Wear’s quarterly celebrity covers, the Wedding Issue, team shoots, events, industry-facing moments, gift guides and more. In addition to this, Poppy ensures processes across the brand are efficient and effective, and is always on the lookout for ways the team can work smarter, not harder! As someone who works behind the scenes (Poppy loves a spreadsheet!), you won’t find many articles by Poppy on site, but when you do there’s no doubt they will either be focused on dresses, handbags or classic high-street buys. Or better yet, all three!

Born and raised in London, Poppy is a true city girl. When she's not thinking about clothes (or raiding her mum’s wardrobe), Poppy fills her time walking along the river with her 11-year-old labradoodle, getting stuck in a good book and enjoying as many of the city’s amazing restaurants and bars as her purse will allow! Her favourite London spots are Caravel for dinner, the Ham Yard Hotel for a fancy pre-theatre drink, Daunt Books for a new read, 26Grains for breakfast and Coal Drop's Yard for a spot of shopping.