From Balenciaga to Mango, Edgy Handbags are Taking Over Fall ’22

When it comes to designer It bags, nothing will ever replicate the original. But in the wake of Balenciaga‘s Le Cagole handbags and their meteoric rise to fame this year, an entire suite of edgy styles has been left in its wake. When the brand released the 2022 update to its beloved Y2K-era City Bag, the fashion world embraced it at full force. Suddenly, we spotted it in the hands of celebrities all over the world and graduated to It-item status almost as soon as it hit the shelves.

In fact, so much so that it’s led to a spike in interest in heavily hardwared handbags full of buckles, clasps, and clips of all kinds. And with so many options to choose from, there’s most certainly a style for everyone regardless of whether you’d consider your style lean grungy or not. From Balenciaga’s world-famous shoulder bag to the more affordable options Mango and Zara are serving, keep scrolling to see the edgy handbags that are defining cool carryalls for 2022 (and likely beyond).

After the popularity of Balenciaga’s heavily embellished Le Cagole line, its sleeker and more minimal Lindsay Bag feels especially fresh.

BY FAR is another fashion-person source for edgy bags right now. 

If you’re looking for a classic black bag that’s non-boring, this is it.

Well done, Zara, this buckled bag could pass as designer.

The hardware-laden bag that sparked a movement.

And, of course, the O.G. 2000s-era bag that started it all.

This slouchy shape is ideal for as an everyday carryall.

A secondhand gem that won’t be on the market for much longer.

Time to channel your inner angsty teenager.

I think about this cool shape at least once per week.

Warning: sharp objects.

Studded to the max.

A micro bag that packs a punch.

Cool, on-trend, and completely wearable.

You’ll own it for years and years.

Take off the chain for a more streamlined look or keep it on for an eye-catching detail.

Just when I thought I’d seen ever Cagole bag on the planet.

An affordable fave.

Somehow sophisticated and edgy at the same time.

Vintage Prada always.

Buckles, grommets, and studs galore.

All about that chunky chain.

She’s unique.

Straight fire.

Small but mighty.

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