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).