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Spring 2024's Handbag Trends Offer Both Practicality and Play

 Graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends.
Graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends.

The trend cycle is always a fickle beast, but it can feel particularly unruly regarding handbags. One season, designers are sending out a slew of discreet, logo-less, quiet luxury bags, but the next, they're scaling up their totes to gargantuanous, "Look at me!" proportions. As is the case for this season, you'll even find two contrasting themes in play at once: Spring 2024's handbag trends operate between two oppositional extremes: functionality and the absurd.

As Jodi Kahn, Neiman Marcus’ vice president of luxury fashion, points out, some designers have even opted to engage with both concepts simultaneously. "This season, the bags will be practical with an unexpected twist," she articulates. Ranging from briefcases for the working girl, eclectic bags in sculptural forms, and multi-pocket purses adorned with bows and crystals, spring's bag trends are curiously complex.

But stay calm: with insight from Kahn and Ryan Kleman, the accessories director of Moda Operandi, we break down the leading silhouettes of the season into an easy-to-understand guide. Keep scrolling to discover the handbag silhouettes and styles that will define the season.

Pockets Galore

graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends
graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends

Spring 2024 brings a new meaning to the word pocketbook, with compartment-heavy cargo styles becoming increasingly popular. But that's not to say these are gorp-core and camping-ready styles—you'll still find that these multi-pocket bags feature plenty of fashion-forward flair. As Neiman Marcus' Kahn says, "The key is the practicality of the shape in statement-making materials or colors."

Black Classic Crossbody Bag
Black Classic Crossbody Bag

Simone Rocha Black Classic Crossbody Bag

Acne Studios Purple Multipocket Micro Bag
Acne Studios Purple Multipocket Micro Bag

Acne Studios Purple Multipocket Micro Bag

Fendi Multipocket Baguette
Fendi Multipocket Baguette

Fendi Multipocket Baguette

On the Go

graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends
graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends

On the Spring/Summer 2024 runways, designers paid homage to the busy bees. Bags bursting to the prim with life's daily essentials—like Miu Miu's overflowing boxy totes and Khaite's series of stuffed daily duffels—created a relatable, "Hey, that's me on Monday mornings!" sense but with a stylish slant. As Kleman describes, "On days you have to carry it all, find something that is light in weight but heavy in fashion."

Kahn, in particular, shouts out the ever-popular, supersized tote bag. "The tote will be the everyday must-have and continue to be the bag that consistently gets us where we need to go. Update your go-to tote with an energizing Jil Sander Vertigo Small Leather Tote Bag in red, which is a key color for spring," she says.

Gotham Duffle Bag
Gotham Duffle Bag

Coach Gotham Duffle Bag

Jil Sander Vertigo Small Leather Tote Bag
Jil Sander Vertigo Small Leather Tote Bag

Jil Sander Vertigo Small Leather Tote Bag

Park Place Large Caged Leather Tote Bag
Park Place Large Caged Leather Tote Bag

Altuzarra Park Place Large Caged Leather Tote Bag

Keep It Brief

graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends
graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends

On a similar note of everyday practicality, spring 2024 will see an increase in work-ready briefcases. Seen at Bally, Ferragamo, and Hermès, luxe leather rectangular carry-alls offered a more sophisticated alternative to carry your laptop in than a backpack on its last legs.

Midi Leather Tote Bag
Midi Leather Tote Bag

Strathberry Midi Leather Tote Bag

Private Eye suede tote
Private Eye suede tote

Metier Private Eye Suede Tote

Voyageur Sidney Leather Business Tote
Voyageur Sidney Leather Business Tote

Tumi Voyageur Sidney Leather Business Tote

Woven Bags

woven bag spring 2024 handbag trends
woven bag spring 2024 handbag trends

Following the theme of high-quality handiwork, spring 2024 sees a peak in popularity for woven bags. In addition to its striking appearance, Kleman points out the longevity of an intricately woven style. "Woven-by-hand ensures you can wear the bag the entirety of your life, both in function and fashion," he details, shouting out Bottega Venetta as the "undeniable leader" in the craft.

Kahn concurs with Kleman regarding the Italian fashion house: "Bottega Veneta continues to hone its skills in novelty craftsmanship with its Andiamo Bag highlighting its signature woven leather. This season, the highly sought-after bag will have an insanely chic gold chain strap added, which is a special extra touch we didn’t know we needed!"

Allington Straw Tote
Allington Straw Tote

All Saints Allington Straw Tote

Small Andiamo Intrecciato Leather Bag
Small Andiamo Intrecciato Leather Bag

Bottega Veneta Small Andiamo Intrecciato Leather Bag

Geo Macrame Mini Beach Tote
Geo Macrame Mini Beach Tote

Aje Geo Macrame Mini Beach Tote

Quirk You Can Carry

graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends
graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends

From Prada unveiling a clasp that's a teeny-tiny man’s head to Schiappareli's sculpted torso tote, spring 2024 revisits the wonder of a novelty bag. "Unexpected and unusual are the two best things to look for in a bag. You'll be surprised how many times you find a reason to wear them," says Kleman, highlighting the surprising wearability of this season's quirky-cool styles.

Kahn adds that it's not just silhouettes or shapes that qualify a bag as a novelty one but the colorways and fabrications, too. "There will be pops of bright colors such as red, metallics in silver and gold, and stamped and embossed leathers," she notes.

Molded Heart Chain Shoulder Bag
Molded Heart Chain Shoulder Bag

Simon Miller Molded Heart Chain Shoulder Bag

Violet Satin-Bow Crossbody Bag
Violet Satin-Bow Crossbody Bag

Loeffler Randall Violet Satin-Bow Crossbody Bag

Elephant Leather Pocket Pouch-On-Strap
Elephant Leather Pocket Pouch-On-Strap

Elephant Leather Pocket Pouch-On-Strap

Send a Love Letter

graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends
graphics of spring 2024 handbag trends

A wide envelope clutch makes for a more subtle method of carrying your daily essentials than an overfull carry-all. Like Moda Operandi's Kleman details, "Clutches aren't just for after dark. Choose ones with just enough room to take you through the day."

Uptown YSL Pouch in Grained Leather
Uptown YSL Pouch in Grained Leather

Uptown YSL Pouch in Grained Leather

crocodile-embossed envelope clutch bag
crocodile-embossed envelope clutch bag

crocodile-embossed envelope clutch bag

+ NET SUSTAIN London croc-effect leather clutch
+ NET SUSTAIN London croc-effect leather clutch

+ NET SUSTAIN London croc-effect leather clutch

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