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FW21: Key Bags

Dressy Details and Purposeful Design

For bags of the next FW21 season, it is important to embrace the two factors of functional purpose and enchanting novelty. As a pendant to the fur coat, Furry Bags have invaded the fashion scene, experiencing a growth index of +525% compared to FW20. Those hyper-tactile bags satisfy the desire for soft-handles and touch while adding a rather fun nod. The soft-volume aesthetic of quilted bags (+38% growth) and puffy/padded folded bags and clutches is celebrating the cocooning idea of volume and puffiness as well. For those new must-have clutches, interpretations range from casual and more minimal leather and nylon styles to glossy and printed occasion-ready designs.

Adding a more utilitarian edge to the idea of purpose, bags with detachable, modular mini-elements are providing the ideal look for returning-commuter lifestyles. Modular bags are embracing functionality, which is becoming increasingly important as outdoors themes grow n relevance with the prospect of returning travel. Returning travel and new nomadic, home-office lifestyles also boost angular suitcase and briefcase bags for FW21. This more literal adaption of travel, sparks hope to rapidly return to normal after the recent lockdowns have ended.

With chunky chain bags, an important jewelry trend of the season: bold metal chains, and the bedazzling and glamorous concept of  jeweleryfication, it comes as no surprise that bold chain handles have been a favoured detail for bag designers as well. The chain element adds a twist of dressiness, however, it does not seem frivolous but rather strong and empowering. Another must-have bag for FW21 is the upcycled styles. As the appeal of handcrafted and recycled design has spread widely especially along Millenials and Gen-Z, those bags are hitting the zeitgeist. Following a more purposeful and sustainable agenda is undeniable, especially for leather products that often include ethical questions or questionable chemical treatment. Make sure to consider those aspects as well.

Furry Bags


Folded Bag


Quilted & Padded


Utility Bags


Briefcase Bag


Chunky Chain Details


Upcycled Styles


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These are the top trends according to Livetrend data. The Furry Bag can be considered the novelty for FW21 season that you cannot miss, but there are strong trends to invest in. Recycled Materials are strongly emerging and every brand is looking to use dead-stocks  and new leather alternatives as apple and mushroom leather substitutes for example (feel free to ask more information and supplier contacts via the chat).
With the expectation of traveling again, all travel-related accessories such as travel bags and utility bags will be present in the assortments, even if only as an inspiration. Squarer shapes, large and capacious bags, essential and passe-partout shapes suitable from the weekend to the office. So Brief-case, Utility and Modular bags are detected as an increasing trend, that will reach its apogee in fall winter 22.
Wishing FW21 will put occasionwear back in our life, your collection plan should include appropriate designs such as Clutches and Minibags.
Quilted bags remain a safe investment and you can challenge your creativity starting designing new stitching on your essentials.

On the bottom left you can find the index of growth of each trend YoY. On the bottom right you can find the Livetrend Stamp including the information on the trends potential and risk.

Make sure to to check the other FW21 reports on Shoes and Accessories to stay updated with more information.