While designer handbag trends don’t fluctuate as much as, say, clothing, they do change from time to time. Inspired by catwalks, social media, and even television, handbag shoppers can go for retro shapes or go neutral colors, depending on what’s in fashion right now.
Rebag, one of the leading leather goods, watches and jewelry resale sites, has been watching buying trends go up and down for almost a decade. And in 2019, the brand made it official with the launch of Clair (Comprehensive Luxury Assessment Index for Resale), a tool designed to help buyers and sellers determine the current resale value of their most coveted luxury items.
Based on the purchasing data generated by this tool, Rebag publishes an annual report on items that are selling and those that are discontinued.
This year, as you might expect, everything revolves around 2000s fashion, a trend we’ve seen reflected everywhere from the catwalk to the red carpet. Bustle sat down with Charles Gorra, Founder and CEO of Rebag, to dig deeper into the data and find out which bags will be trending in the New Year.
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2000s style handbags
With a return to movies, TV shows and 2000s fashion, it’s no surprise that designer bags are following suit. “There is increased interest in the Prada Re-Nylon Re-Edition hobo, which may be due to the brand’s recent early re-releases,” Gorra said. “The Fendi Baguette is also doing well, thanks to Fendi’s 2019 revival of the iconic bag and And just like that. “Balenciaga City, Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessories and the Fendi Vintage Tote are also experiencing renewed interest.
The classics forever
Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Chanel are in high demand by buyers and sellers, and Gorra says that won’t change anytime soon. “It’s no surprise that the Hermès Birkin, Louis Vuitton Neverfull and Chanel Classic Flap consistently remain among Rebag’s best sellers. The bags prove that they stand the test of time, whatever the trends of the moment.
Neutral colored handbags
Handbags that add a splash of color to your outfit are officially on the way out. “Our customers are drawn to neutral colors that go with everything,” says Gorra. The most popular colors, regardless of the brand or style of handbag, are consistently brown, black and blue.
“Less is more” logos
While the 90s logo-mania surely had its heyday, understated logos are more sought after today. Think: classic, iconic, and “not too loud,” according to Gorra.
Although they haven’t yet hit their peak, Rebag has seen a growing love for oversized bags. So next year you might consider the larger size handbags instead of the micro minis. “We could see oversized tote bags and hobos becoming big trends,” says Gorra. “Hobos like the Prada Cleo or a similar leather silhouette are seeing a comeback.”