Everyone has baggage, but here at Sift & Pick, there’s only the good kind – stylish and classic bag designs set to get hearts racing as you ooh and ahh over our curated international selections.
Finding that perfect arm candy complement isn’t as bank-breaking as you may think. So here we present, our style guide for bag trends that have scored tens, tens, tens across the board! (And like all good movies – in two parts! Stay tuned for the sequel.😎) Move over designer bags – we’ve got your next fashion statement piece, literally in the bag.
The Ever Dependable Crossbody Sling Bags
When it comes to zipping about work or simply toting items for a fun day out, you know you can always count on this one particular bag trend – the crossbody sling. It is fast becoming a fave due to its functionality and endless design options.
Steering away from the usual soft bags, this structured Bello Mini Crossbody Bag from Tuo is a sturdy and semi round with a flap. Its colourful strap and pastel hue combi is sure to comfortably blend into your wardrobe as well.
New York based brand CARLYN aims to achieve modern and timeless designs for the cosmopolitan woman’s bag needs. Its Newhester bag hits home and elevates your whole look to effortless chic with a classic square frame in an irresistible ivory shade.
A hardy bag that can survive getting roughed up yet remain looking understated is always a plus in our books. Consider RAWROW’s Square Messenger 600 Cordura – a tasteful and durable bag that comes with dual compartments to keep your items organised while traipsing through town.
If you like being light on your feet, feast your eyes on MARHEN.J’s Billy Pink – a slim, crossbody sling with separate compartments and a zipper closure to secure your necessities. Go for hikes or strolls with your dog feeling like you’re carrying nothing at all with this underrated, trendy bag.
Leather it up!
Let us head back to basics! It’s no doubt that one of the earliest used materials for bags is leather; go ahead and take a leap of faith with us as we scope out the next big thing for leather bags.
A best-seller in Japan, the TOPKAPI Scotch Gain Tote Bag is known for its synthetic textured leather being resistant to rain, humidity and scratches. Extremely ideal for the humid Southeast Asian weather, this roomy bag is also popular amongst the working ladies.
For a more secure crossbody leather bag option, Hong Kong brand Rabeanco’s Mika Tote ticks all the right boxes. Featuring both a spacious top and front pocket with zips, the tote is a shoe-in for all your work needs. Not to mention its buttery soft leather material – you may find it hard to keep your hands off it!
If a genuine leather option is what you’re looking for, check out the Lana Bag from Kickstarter success story – Linjer, without the luxury markup. A feel of the Lana bag’s milled leather and the quality suede lining will have you fooled that it’s not from a high-end fashion label. Exclusively available at our Flagship Store here.
For a twist on the classic material of leather, take a gander at PACHA from Thailand. The Jupiter Tote is designed with contemporary details – a circular cut-out that can double up as a handle. This tote is set to fly off shelves with its stocky compartment and thoughtful detailings.
The Bag Lady
Give the term Bag Lady a positive spin by being known as THE Bag Lady who is impeccably dressed and always having her finger on the pulse with fashion trends. Here’s how you can stand out as one with these effeminate and sophisticated options.
Advocating through its functional and unique designs, Korean contemporary brand KOIMOOI stands out with simple touches to otherwise classic silhouettes. The well-built boxy Mini Nana Bag is testament to this. Try adding a quirkier touch to the fun, girly bag with a Beads Top Handle!
Monday blues begone! Start your work week on a sweet note with Bangkok-based Sugar Monday’s Round Handle Bag. Available in five versatile shades, their dainty design in muted hues and nifty size come with a hard handle and crossbody chain. No doubt this sweetie is a keeper!
Need a more refined option that would take you from the board room to a night out? Australia brand Belle&Bloom is on it with their feminine, smart casual genuine leather bags. The Over You Leather Cross-Body Bag tips the “formal corporate attire” scale nicely with subtle nuances such as its pastel Orchid hue, and braided top handle.
A nod to minimalism, Thai brand LUNNE OFFICIAL teases the imagination by adding simple embellishments to its Majour 7.0. Think structured top handle bag with painted edges and adorned with a single gold moon-shaped hardware for its clasp.
The Bucket List Bag
Need a bag style that transcends time? First made famous by Louis Vuitton in the 1930s, the classic Bucket Bag was initially designed for a Champagne producer who wanted a sturdy, stylish bag to transort five bottles of bubbly!
If you were to ask your grandmother whether she had a bucket bag, chances are they’ve probably had one too! The cylindrical carrier kept resurfacing every decade, albeit with a few twists – let’s explore them together!
Known for its exquisite craftsmanship by selected Japanese ateliers and using quality genuine leather, LANDI bags are practically heirlooms with proper care.
Straying away from the norm of a pliable cylindrical body, LANDI’s one-of-a-kind NOA Bucket Bag broke the mold by crafting a literal sturdy bucket compartment that retains the signature bucket bag tie closure.
Melding couture and street fashion can be tricky, but Korean designer duo – SAMO ONDOH, has got it down pat. The 33° Bucket Black Rose Bag lends its owner legit street cred while maintaining elegance with the bag’s sleek silhouette and juxtaposed embroidered rose.
Inject some fun into your collection! Look no further than ANODDS – a Korean Normcore brand that explores colours and concepts. With a splash of lime green, the label’s Kave Bucket Bag in Navy stripe is the perfect dipping toe when exploring brighter tones in your style palette.
Want an adorable, lightweight bucket bag for tea or brunch dates with the girls? A Pale Petal’s aPacklet Handbag in Sand is the icing on the cake for your outfit pairing! Part of the signature line of pleated bags, the aPacklet bag fits all your essentials neatly while looking effortlessly polished.
Crikey! No Crocs or Snakes Were Harmed
Tactile pieces of fashion have always been an endearing trend throughout history. Try your hand at pulling off embossed pieces with the below pickings! Don’t worry, no crocodiles or snakes were harmed while attaining these beautiful textured bags here.
A simple squarish flap bag accentuated with crocodile embossment all over, the ITSBAG Loca Croc Shoulder Bag is sure to turn heads upon entering a room. Featuring a minimalistic silhouette, all eyes are focused only on the bag’s glossy embossed texture.
Need a hard case bag to carry more fragile items? Korean brand COSMOLOGY’s Angler case bag features brushed gold plated hardware with the option of changing things up with an Acrylic Strap in Milk Tea to add a quirky personalisation to it.
Take it slow with Thai brand Beliene Studio’s Terra Bag in Milk Tea! A highly versatile nude shade reminiscent of one of Asia’s favourite beverages, the Terra bag features two textures of premium PU leather with the snakeskin embossment on its flap.
There you have it! Bag these babies yourself and rock these bag trends of the decade, without the astronomical price tags. Have your pick of arm candies and more on Sift & Pick today. Remember to stay tuned for the sequel!
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