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On Trend:     The It Bags of 2020

On Trend: The It Bags of 2020

Every year, along come a collection of handbags that are truly special. Gathering a legion of fans, they start to be seen on the shoulders of the fash pack, taking over our Instagram feeds and touted by the rich and famous. They command year-long waiting lists and faster than you can blink sell outs. This year was no exception. Amidst the turmoil, there emerged a smattering of cool new bags that would be remembered for years to come. People - meet the It bags of 2020, featuring Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, Loewe and Prada.

Gucci Horsebit Top Handle bag

THE HORSEBIT TOP HANDLE BAG

A Gucci handbag is the stalwart of any collection and for 2020, it was all about the Horsebit Top Handle iteration. Made up of Gucci’s iconic GG Supreme canvas, it features the brand’s signature gold ‘horsebit’ bar and smart leather top handles.

By Gucci

Prada black Nylon Shoulder Bag

THE NYLON SHOULDER BAG

You couldn’t escape Prada’s Nylon collection this year. Packing serious nostalgia, the fabric was reworked into skirts, jackets and everything in between. But by far the standout piece of the season was the ‘00s-inspired shoulder bag that harked back to that noughties style we can't get enough of.

By Prada

Balenciaga black Hourglass small handbag

THE HOURGLASS HANDBAG

Having truly mastered the art of creating standout pieces with worldwide appeal, Balenciaga’s Hourglass bag is no different. With a striking curved underside and instantly recognisable B logo clasp, it plays on the traditional handbag shapes to offer the perfect solution for those who want something timeless but unique.

By Balenciaga

 A Gucci jacquard knit sweater in blue, mustard yellow, orange, white and red with a GG intarsia pattern and the slogan Gucci Band written in two stripes

THE PUZZLE SOFT BAG

Loewe’s hold over the fashion industry shows no sign of abating (and why the hell should it?). For 2020, it was all about the Puzzle bag. The perfect size for touting your essentials (face mask, sanitizer, phone, cards, and keys – there are a few these days) but small enough to not feel cumbersome, all wrapped up in beautiful soft leather.

By Loewe

Alexander McQueen The Story Small Bag in black

THE STORY

At the end of 2019, Alexander McQueen introduced us to ‘The Story’, a classic cross-body bag with just the right amount of detailing to keep things interesting. From the ladylike top handle to its metal hardware on the front, it’s found fans in everyone from Kaia Gerber to Naomi Campbell.

By Alexander McQueen