4 Aug

5 First Designer Bag Recommendations

So you saved/inherited/legally received an amount of money, and you’re looking for your first fashion investment: welcome because this article is written specifically for you! Since the choice seems to be endless, we made a list of first designer bag recommendations. Don’t expect Birkins or Classic Flap bags in this list, we’re not going to leave you financially ruined. Scroll down for our top five.

Louis Vuitton — Speedy 25 Bandoulière

Vuitton’s Speedy bag goes back all the way to 1930 and was designed as a smaller version of the popular Keepall bag. Its original size is 30 cm wide, which makes it quite roomy by modern-day standards. It was only in 1959 that the Speedy 25 was introduced, thanks to Audrey Hepburn who requested a miniaturized day bag that she could carry regularly. In 2011 another significant alteration was added: the Speedy Bandoulière with its detachable shoulder strap, making it more practical to wear.

Why we’d recommend this as your first designer bag? The Speedy 25 Bandoulière really keeps its value, the price is manageable, it’s quite spacious but not too big, and you can wear it with almost everything.

Shop the Speedy Badoulière 25 via the Louis Vuitton webshop.



Balenciaga — Le Cagole

Le Cagole, launched in pre-fall 2021, is a remake of Balenciaga’s it-purse that dominated the 2000s: the Motorcycle bag. It was first introduced by Nicolas Ghesquire in 2001 and became insanely popular thanks to celebrities such as Nicole Richie and the Olsen twins. The bag never really disappeared in the past 21 years and remained a cult item among fans.

Recently Demna has taken some of the features of the original Motorcycle bag to create Le Cagole. The half-moon-shaped design is made of soft leather, full of buckles, the square mirror returned in a heart shape, and the iconic studs are also back.

We guess we don’t have to explain why this bag made it to the list. It has that ideal combo of class and edge that not many bags possess.

Shop Le Cagole via the Balenciaga webshop.


Loewe — The Puzzle Bag

The Puzzle Bag was the first new bag designed by Jonathan Anderson for Loewe. It was introduced in June 2014 at the men’s S/S 15 collection presentation during Paris Fashion Week. The bag’s original origami shape turned it into one of the most wanted bags, up till now.

What we adore about the Puzzle bag is that it has never been a mega hype such as certain Dior, Vuitton, or Bottega Veneta bags. For some reason, it always remained classy and exclusive. There are different versions on the market, so you can really choose which size suits your needs best, and it literally goes with every outfit.

Shop the Puzzle bags on the Loewe e-shop.



Celine — Triomphe Bag

When Hedi Slimane became artistic director at Celine he started digging in the archives and re-introduced the iconic Triomphe logo. Inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, it’s rooted in the history of the maison since 1972.

In the current collection, you’ll find both the printed toile bags and the leather bags with the Triomphe logo in golden hardware or leather. The toile bags have a more ’70s Parisian boho look and feel while the leather bags really look luxurious. What we like about all Triomphe bags is that, even though they’re gaining lots of notoriety, they haven’t lost their exclusive character.

Shop the Triomphe bags via the Celine webshop.


Prada — Mini Saffiano Leather Bag

Last on our list, there’s the Saffiano leather shoulder bag from Prada. More or less the same model called re-edition 2000 also exists in nylon, but we kind of have a thing for Prada’s iconic Saffiano leather. It just has that little extra luxurious look and feel, and one major advantage: you can adjust the shoulder strap.

What we like about this Prada bag is that it just goes with anything. You can wear it with an evening gown or sweatpants; it will look good either way.

Shop the shoulder bag via the Prada webshop.


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