Given that the year has only just begun, most things in 2020 are uncertain. We can’t be sure whether we’ll get a good summer, what the year’s most popular album will be, or what will be 2020’s answer to Fleabag, but when it comes to fashion, designers give us a lot of spoilers for the year ahead. Fashion trends and key buys tend to be mapped out at least six months in advance, so we can with some authority tell you the designer handbags that will dominate in 2020, and it’s not just guesswork. Of course, cult buys and new brands can emerge at any moment, surprising even the most seasoned of fashion buyers and editors, but there are certain new styles that I guarantee we’ll be talking about as 2020’s hero buys come next December.
There’s a new handbag from Chanel that just might become as iconic as the legendary 2.55 bag, and Bottega Veneta is set to have a year just as golden as the last. Every buyer I speak to tells me they just can’t order enough Bottega bags. When it comes to street style endorsement, one pearl handbag by Simone Rocha is destined to have a fair number of outings at fashion week in 2020, while Katie Holmes’s favorite label Khaite has released a practical tote that makes teeny-tiny mini bags look sillier than ever.
A mood we are seeing across the fashion world for S/S 20 is a desire for classic, timeless pieces, and fashion houses like Gucci and Celine are definitely applying this approach to their accessories department, delving through the archive to create handbags that will be just as loved in 2020 as they were in 1950. Keep scrolling to see the new handbags from Chanel, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and more.