While dresses and jeans possibly cannot adapt to the whims of the human body, a bag is able to remain as a faithful ally, resisting the inclemencies of time and boasting of being a timeless investment.

In recent years I’ve noticed how it bags -the bags that pop culture has immortalise, are growing in economic value and, apparently, turned out to be a better investment than buying shares in the stock market– little by little are being replaced by bags that offer more artistic and particular proposals for a third of the price, which have found their inspiration in unexpected stories: from the experience of going to a Parisian market in an idealised past, to the glamorisation of our childhood times.

The proposal of this new generation of bags? To prepend values such as originality over economic status.

THE BUCKET __ [buhk-it]

And specifically the bucket bag by the brand Mansur Gavriel, which in an exercise of creativity marked the beginning of this new generation of bags, running out of stock and being cataloged by publishers in 2013 as the first “it bag” after the global financial crisis of 2008.

Complying with the features of an accessory that can last a lifetime but proposing a minimalist and functional design that for its price ($595) can find a balance between the limits of affordable and luxury, and which has also served as an inspiration for newer brands such as Staud or Cafuné.

THE MICRO __ [mahy-kroh]

All of us have something that is impractical but its aesthetic value keeps up from donating it to a garage sale. Classic handbags recognisable by fashionistas in a dwarf version where you can’t even carry a phone or a wallet. The advantage? They help you to be aware of what is truly essential for your daily life.

Some brands recognise they have launched these tiny bags to attract younger customers and sell them at a more affordable price. Ultimately, they’re an ornament or a small piece of collection where the least important aspect is their utilitarian sense.

THE NET __ [net] 

France continues to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration and what was originally used by fishermen and then became a staple to go shopping to Parisian markets, today is the star of street style pictures. Following a new user manual, the net bag didn’t make its first appearance on the runway but on Instagram photos.

In an ideal world we would fill our net bags with a flower bouquet and a loaf of bread, but city life has been experimenting new ways to use the net bag outside the beach and the market by placing a second bag inside it to fulfil the biggest challenge: to avoid the keys or the coin purse slip through the net, otherwise everything would end in a bitter anecdote.

THE ARTISTIC __ [ahr-tis-tik] 

Halfway between an artistic object and a functional accessory, brands such as Cult Gaia offer handbags that enhance craftsmanship and natural textures, with affordable prices ($150-250) if you compare it with similar brands. And if we add that Instagram likes have pointed it out as the object of desire, the advantages increase.

Perhaps one of the keys to the success of this kind of bags is that they work as decorative pieces and their possibilities go beyond carrying your parking tickets and your hand cream, in addition to transporting the longed-for-summer-style to the asphalt of any chaotic city, ignoring the discomfort of its rigidity in modern life.

More than standing out for its functionality, these bags satisfy our aesthetics needs and we end up sacrificing the small comfort that comes with taking them out. If Cult Gaia had started producing only artistic shoes, they wouldn’t have been so successful.

THE PLASTIC __ [plas-tik] 

For some people, an object of collection and for others, one of the jokes that have generated a big debate in blogs and social media. Céline‘s transparent plastic bag can elevate any mundane visit to your trusted supermarket to the luxury category for only $590.

Fortunately, there are always more affordable options to transport your daily vegetable intake. I recommend searching on EtsyeBay or independent stores for similar styles. Of course, do not be surprised if your things end up wrapped in a plastic smell.

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Mango beaded bag
THE BEADED __ [bee-did]

What came first? The egg or the chicken? We do not know if it was the British brand Shrimps or the vintage treasure hunters who put the beaded bag under the spotlight (of course on Instagram, our favorite trend incubator) with a nostalgic call to our childhood times.

A midpoint between kitsch and elegancy. If brands like Susan AlexandraShrimps or Inditex replicas do not convince you, you can sharpen your vision of treasure hunter in a secondhand market or resort to your grandmother’s wardrobe. Lesson: never get rid of things because fashion is cyclical.

Do we buy purses for their primary function of carrying our belongings or for the sentimental value and the stories that can be created around them?

While an investment of 500 euros can be a feasible goal compared to the 4,000 euros of a Chanel, today it’s possible to dream of high-end bags without having to get rid of the savings of a lifetime. Although, if you analyse the trends from recent months, it’s possible that the next trend is hidden within the attic of your parents’ house.


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  1. Amo el diccionario que hicieron, pero se prestan un poco más a las tendencias actuales que a algunos clásicos que me hubiera encantado ver, espero que le den seguimiento para estar más enterado de que es lo que viene en las bolsas y quizás un poco más en otros accesorios!