A coveted, au courant designer bag, contrary to popular belief, does not have to come emblazoned with a blaring logo on every available square inch. Loud, interlocking initials and generously-splashed monograms may undeniably be The Thing right now, but if you're more the understated and minimalist type, know that there are still sought-after numbers that speak volumes sans actual noise. Here, six options that are sleek, chic, and, to the sartorially-trained eye, easily identifiable...because sometimes, all you really need is simple, exquisite, signature design for a branded purse to stand out.
1. By Far Mini
Liz Uy isn't the only fan of Australian label By Far's oft-mimicked Mini. (We dare you to scroll through Instagram and count exactly how many copies it's already spawned!) Count among its famous admirers Sarah Lahbati and Aimee Song, both of whom are certified style stars who prefer this versatile, '90s flavored top handle in its candy-colored, croc-embossed iterations. Internationally, tastemakers Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, and K-pop group Blackpink's Jennie Kim wear this brand from Down Under on the reg.
2. Bottega Veneta Pouch
We're starting to very firmly believe that for every microscopic tote that appears on the market, there's begun to rise a rebel movement of sorts—enter the impending dawn of the oversized clutch. Bottega Veneta's Pouch, designed by Phoebe Philo's protege Daniel Lee and resembling a serene giant clam, has shucked open hearts the world over. Even the fabulous, formidable likes of Iza Calzado ain't immune. Personally, yours truly, completely sparkle-mad, drools over it in crinkled, ocean blue metallic lambskin; still, Iza's nice, smooth olive or even a luxuriant burgundy Intrecciato weave is just as gorgeous.
3. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
The very epitome of no-nonsense smoothness, the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag has actually been hot for quite a long minute (we remember coveting it even back at the height of 2015's normcore, mandal-obsessesed minimalism mania), but it remains relevant and hands-down desired to this day. Maybe it's the fact that it's so damn basic...and in the best way possible. This guy's a proven investment you'll happily carry into forever and beyond. Forgo the past seasons' tired, sombre, muted hues and select a sugary, of-the-moment lavender or blush. Martine Cajucom picks the latter in a too-cool backpack silhouette.
4. Danse Lente Johnny
Yet another pail to love! The major difference is that the structured Danse Lente Johnny is modern and architectural, where the aforementioned Mansur is classic and string-drawn. Meant to dangle daintily from your hand like a large trapezoidal wristlet, Johnny's girl is the kind who sees absolutely zero sense in flitting from sack to sack in the interest of saving those precious, elusive morning minutes. Why not just invest in a roomy, single one that goes effortlessly with an entire closetful of clothes? It's just the right mix of subtle and statement, we think. Camille Co easily echoes the sentiment. Great minds think alike.
5. Polene Numero Six
Just when you thought the fanny pack was seeing its final twilight moments, the tasteful, understated little Numero Six from rising Parisian name Polene comes out to play. We occasionally like being proven wrong! A restrained and elegant take on an accessory most associated with tourist dads, the street scene, and those skateboarding kids circa The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it's an interpretation beloved by the ladylike leanings of Bela Padilla and Sarah Lahbati. Speaking of which, loop yours around a pinstriped, pad shouldered blazer for an instant, exaggerated, wasp waist hourglass. Further proof that belts do far more for an OOTD than merely anchoring your distressed mom jeans firmly in place.
6. Marc Jacobs Pillow Bag
Introducing the newest addition to the logo-free lineup! The aptly named Pillow Bag from the always innovative Marc Jacobs only recently hit the 'gram with a resounding bang, mirroring the earthquake inducing debut of Dior's 30 Montaigne, albeit with the comparative hush of a plusher piece. It's nearly too literal to be true—you're guaranteed sweet dreams and feather-light leather on a chunky chain strap that's perfect for naptime on the go. Wafting aimlessly between appointments? Lay your head down, honey. You'll never lack for beauty sleep now.
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