“Luxury bags make your life more enjoyable, make you dream, give you confidence and show your neighbors that you are doing well,” Karl Lagerfeld once said. For those on the hunt for the hottest designer handbags of 2022, we’ve rounded up a list of It-bags worth investing in.
Balenciaga’s Cagole bag has been a favorite of many celebrities, as has JW Anderson’s Bumper and Prada’s Cleo. Crescent-shaped silhouettes dominate this season, as evidenced by the Loewe Luna and Louis Vuitton Loop, as well as the Fendi Fendigraphy. Other notable names include Chanel 22, Givenchy Kenny, Gucci Jackie, Miu Miu Top Handle and Prada Femme bags.
Keep scrolling to see the It-bags of 2022. While you’re at it, learn all about Balenciaga’s motorcycle bag history.
Balenciaga Le Cagole
Spotted on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Alexa Demie, the Cagole bag is undeniably the most popular handbag this season. The design is one of many motorcycle-inspired styles from Balenciaga and comes in a variety of colorways from black and white to neon yellow and pink. The piece takes on a crescent shape and comes with a mini heart-shaped mirror and a hanging pouch on the handle.
Virginie Viard made her debut with the 22 bag during the spring-summer 2022 fashion show inspired by Chanel’s photography. Named after the year 2022, the bag references the No. 22 fragrance launched in 1922 as the house’s second fragrance after the iconic No. 5. The bag-like shape is available in small, medium and great options, and is also available in a backpack version for casual looks.
The Fendigraphy bag is one of the must-haves from the latest collection of Fendi handbags. The style, which was spotted in Hypebae’s Spring 2022 digital cover story featuring the K-pop star CL, features a circular shape that’s highlighted by large Fendi branding at the bottom. The piece is offered in nano sizes, as well as larger options for convenience.
Givenchy Kenny bag
Matthew M. Williams was inspired by his close friend and muse Kendall Jenner for Givenchy’s new handbag style. The purse is aptly named Kenny and comes in the form of a clutch inspired by the 1940s drape from the fashion house’s SS22 collection. Givenchy’s 4G locking hardware sets off the look, along with a metallic chain handle.
Gucci Little Jackie 1961
The 1961 Jackie, which made a comeback in 2020, continues to be a staple in all seasons. The timeless design was recently given a mini-size makeover on Gucci’s Fall ’22 runway in a bold red hue.
JW Anderson bumper
The Bumper is JW Anderson’s latest it-bag with famous fans like Dua Lipa. The silhouette, which debuted in September 2021 in a series of images shot by Juergen Teller, comes in a half-moon, baguette and hobo, with bold contrast piping detail on the bottom. The bag was recently included in the fashion brand’s collaboration with South Korean retro manga, Run Hany.
As its name suggests, the Luna bag is designed in the shape of a crescent moon. The structured piece is an upgraded take on the hobo bag and comes in a variety of iterations including black, green and gray colourways, as well as jacquard versions featuring Loewe’s signature Anagram pattern.
Louis Vuitton buckle
Another crescent-shaped It-bag of the year, Louis Vuitton’s Loop bag debuted on the fashion house’s Cruise 2022 show by Nicolas Ghesquière. The half-moon handbag is a compact design with the brand’s signature monogram printed throughout, while the leather shoulder strap is accompanied by a shorter chain strap.
Miu Miu handbag
Miu Miu’s Top Handle bags are for practical fashionistas. The style arrives in a simple sport-inspired shape, with Miu Miu’s logo embossed throughout. The design comes in a wide range of iterations, including larger and smaller sizing options, as well as Quilted iterations. For FW22, Miuccia Prada gave the bag a distressed leather update, which we’re looking to add to our baskets later this year.
The Cleo bag made its return to Raf Simons’ debut collection for Prada and has since become a staple. The style is both chic and versatile, and can serve as a statement with pops of color in red, green and more.
Elongated shapes are another trend for handbags this year. The Prada Femme is a rectangular piece that takes inspiration from the 90s, with the house’s iconic triangular logo taking center stage. The simple bag is completed with a tone-on-tone shoulder strap.