If there’s one thing 2023 has proven, it’s that an “it” bag doesn’t have to have a huge logo on it. Quite the opposite, actually – the quieter, the better. Think minimalist designs adorned with very little hardware, timeless silhouettes that never go out of fashion and, in general, focus on quality materials and craftsmanship over loud branding.
But don’t get me wrong, 2023 has also seen quite a few statement styles, incl. a fair share of vintage revivals taking over our social feeds. Not even to mention that certain bags have emerged as genuine icons, gracing timelines across all major platforms. Ahead, the top 5 designer it bags of 2023, from Gucci’s trendy Horsebit Chain Shoulder Bag to Bottega Veneta’s new Andiamo tote.
1. Gucci Horsebit Chain Shoulder Bag
Kicking off the list of 2023’s it-bags with the bag influencers were actually buying in 2023: the Gucci Horsebit Chain Shoulder Bag. Yes, you’ve heard it right, Gucci allegedly didn’t send this one out to influencers, which is a tactic luxury brands often employ when releasing new styles. However, it’s not like this design is entirely new. In fact, it’s a re-release of a popular Y2K-era Tom Ford for Gucci design, which is also the reason why the bag instantly shot to popularity.
2. Loro Piana Extra Pocket L19 Pouch
Is it just me, or Loro Piana’s Extra Pocket L19 Pouch has taken the Hermès Mini Kelly’s spot as the top summer it-bag? Seriously, nearly every influencer summer photo I’ve seen this year was with this bag. But hey, I am not complaining. I actually think that it was a good time to swap out the Mini Kelly for something else (just way too much of it on social media the past few years). And the Loro Piana Extra Pocket L19 Pouch seems like an excellent substitute, with its compact silhouette and an array of gorgeous colors available.
3. Chanel Nano Shopping tote a.k.a. Party Kelly
Have your bag associated with one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year and it’s certain to get tons of attention. But it’s not like without the Barbie movie Chanel’s new Nano Shopping Tote wouldn’t be a success. I mean, the bag’s vintage versions (yep, this bag is a vintage revival) are still in high demand till this day and resell for incredible amounts though the pre-loved market (like this rare vintage Party Kelly in caviar). Not even to mention that it’s a super cute bag to begin with, boasting all of Chanel’s timeless style codes, incl. the iconic diamond quilting.
4. Louis Vuitton Camera Box
A 2023 reinterpretation of a Louis Vuitton runway design from 2016, the Louis Vuitton Camera Box has instantly caught the eyes of many top celebs. Among them Taylor Swift, Millie Bobby Brown and even Blake Lively. But what’s so special about this bag you may ask? Well, the thing is that, it’s just like the Petite Malle, but in a vertical form. Yes, all of the signature details of the Petite Malle are there, incl. the S-lock and the mix of Monogram and Reverse Monogram Canvas. Furthermore, the pivoting top handle adds an extra wear option.
5. Bottega Veneta Andiamo Tote
Spotted on everyone from Rosie Hungtington-Whitely to Jacob Elordi, the Bottega Veneta Andiamo Tote is the unisex it bag we didn’t know we needed. Arriving in the brand’s timeless intrecciato with rounded edges and a metal knot detail in the front, the bag is a tribute to going places and the concept of craft in motion. It also comes in an array of sizes with all of them eligible for Bottega’s Certificate of Craft, i.e. lifetime warranty.