Dress The Part: The Handbag Index

Do brisk sales in luxury leather goods indicate a Handbag Bubble? We couldn’t get an economist to comment, but excited retailers tell us the appetite for the trophy bag is voracious.


At a recent fashion show, we marvelled at the parade of spectacular handbag designs, not on the catwalk but in the laps and on the shoulders of the guests. Clutches, cross-bodies, and bags the size of duffles stole the show and spoke volumes about what the coming seasons would hold, despite the runway show going on before our very eyes. Everyone knows its streetwear as bold as this that trickles onto the runways only months later. What industry women wear now is what the rest of the world will adore later. Thankfully, there is nothing trendy about a quality statement bag: that kind of luxury is beyond of-the-moment fashion fantasies. It is here to stay.

“It’s an investment,” said one businesswoman of her Louis Vuitton Capucines in black python, as we looked on with narrowed and frankly dubious eyes. “You won’t sell it, though will you?” “I might,” she said, “I think I can get my money back if I flip it in Paris or New York in a year or two. Plus, I save a fortune on blow-dries. No-one’s looking at my hair when I have this baby under my arm.”


The hottest handbag for A/W15?

The Prada Inside Bag. An iconic design comprised of two separate bags and supple leather lining. This season’s It Bag comes in a number of combinations of material, including crocodile, ostrich, and calf leather. This bag is essential for anyone seeking gorgeous craftsmanship and a unique piece that is simultaneously timeless.

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Find the Prada Inside Bag at prada.com.


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