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The Baguette Bag Is Taking Over Our Closets

Somewhere between the resurgence of the Fendi Baguette and the Dior Saddle, bag seekers got hooked on an updated baguette style.

We can’t quite pinpoint the exact timeline for the rise of the baguette silhouette – think a pochette meets hobo style that you snugly tuck into your armpit. But the recent resurgence of cult shoulder bag classics like the Fendi Baguette and Dior Saddle has definitely spurred the popularity of the style.

While the O.G. of this style remains the one from Fendi, the numerous contemporary renditions of the baguette shape seem to point to three criteria that define the design: a compact size that can sit high on your shoulder, a minimalist aesthetic, and something hands-free.

It doesn’t hurt either that It brands of the moment like Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta and cult brands like Coperni and Yuzefi have all doled out their versions of the baguette. In fact, the London-based Yuzefi has introduced a new silhouette inspired by its popular Loaf bag this season dubbed the Baton with boasts a more elongated dimension.

On the Fall runways, Gucci’s new miniature take on its iconic Jackie hobo – christened the Jackie 1961 – segues nicely into the neo-baguette territory with its rainbow colour palette of lilac, butter, light blue and soft pink. Burberry’s debut of the Olympia also sits within this bag family with its adjustable strap that can be shortened to your shoulder level. The bag’s name and curved silhouette take inspiration from the distinctive barrel roof of London exhibition space Kensington Olympia where the Fall/Winter show 2020 was staged.

Above, some of our favourite picks.

Jackie 1961 mini leather bag, $2,400, Gucci
Prada Re-Edition 2006 nylon bag, $1,550, Prada
Ghost Sling Bag embossed calfskin bag, $1,690, Balenciaga
Ava canvas and leather bag, $1,700, Celine
Olympia leather bag, $2,850, Burberry
Hobo nappa leather bag, $8,930, Bottega Veneta
Baton leather bag, £445 (S$780), yuzefi.com
Lee Radziwill small embossed bag, $1,170, Tory Burch
Tod's C-Bag leather bag, $2,840, Tod's
Carmen leather bag, $389, Michael Kors
Neous Neptune leather bag, $827, www.net-a-porter.com
Coperni embossed calfskin, US$615 (S$837), www.modaoperandi.com
Darryl leather bag, $1,990, Chloe