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Top Buyers Share the Grails of this Season’s Bags


From totes to backpacks; side bags to duffels, with every season comes a new bag trend. For SS19 we were presented with more diversity than ever before, and following their insights into the best jackets, pants, tees, and more, we’ve called on the industry experts to share their take on the very best now hitting the shelves of luxury retailers.

Calling on everyone from the main players in luxury fashion e-commerce to boutique stores such as London’s MACHINE-A and Stockholm’s TRÈS BIEN, the round-up below is sure to have a bag for every aesthetic, each blending functionality with some seriously high fashion clout.

Most notably, the bags of Belgian fashion house Maison Margiela have been selected by three out of the nine buyers we talked to, a testament to just how iconic its transparent PVC totes have become since they debuted on the runway. Other buyers opted for the SS19 highlights of Raf Simons poster backpacks, signature OFF-WHITE side bag, and classic Burberry check duffel.

See the full selection below.


“This OFF-WHITE bag is a worldwide exclusive at Browns, only available in all black anywhere else. The instantly recognizable yellow belt makes this bag pop.”

Lee Goldup, menswear buyer at Browns Fashion


“If you’re not doing a clear bag, are you even doing bags? Seriously though, this Italian-made PVC piece has more to it than you think, with a removable interior zip pouch and iconic numerical branding.”

Buying team at END.


“I like the way this collaboration channels street-led cool and youth culture. 7 Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara gives a cult-worthy, Japanese edge to the outerwear giant and the result is my favorite from the collectio – this backpack! Wear it with anything and everything for instant credibility.”

Lisa Wuerzinger, buyer at STYLEBOP.com


“The Eastpak collaboration is a must have each season. Each one features a punk photo print that has been featured on cutaway t-shirts in the main SS19 collection.”

Buying team at MACHINE-A


“The ultimate travel bag that just has it all: great design, practicality and unbeatable quality.”

Thibaud Guyonnet, buyer at Voo Store


“This functional leather pouch by Maison Margiela can be strapped around the leg or arm – it’s an elevated alternative to the more conventional waist bag or side bag we’ve seen a lot of for several seasons.”

Damien Paul, head of menswear at MATCHESFASHION


“Good news if you’re bored of backpacks: retro-style barrel bags are making a comeback.”

Robert Nowill, global content and style editor at Farfetch


“Transparency is key. What better way to show what you got than with this PVC tote?”

Buying team at Italist


“We’re excited to start stocking NYC brand Telfar, which has been making these faux leather tote bags for years. This season, Telfar introduced a new color – forest green – for the first time. The bags are affordable, versatile, and a great alternative to the omnipresent cross-body.”

Jesse Hudnutt, buyer at TRÈS BIEN

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