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.