For us, a beautifully crafted bag is a better investment than any individual garment. It goes without saying that we adore clothes, but a handbag, which is carried most days and often stores our most valued possessions, is an instant indication of your style. Revisited throughout the year (and potentially over decades), your go-to carryall is a part of your daily uniform, your armor; it's one of the first things we present to the world of the aesthetic we wish to project. Compact and chic, oversized and ostentatious, practical and minimal, a bag can become an extension of ourselves.
Conversely, if you see a bag as a just playful accessory to switch up constantly and add drama to your look, then even more reason for it to be directional, fun, and functional. And if you consider a bag to be purely practical, well, now may be the time to look away. Because the five trends ahead — what we're calling the most ubiquitous of 2017 — are anything but boring.