(can you guess the designers of each bag? scroll down to see if you’re right)
I forget where I read it recently, but lately, it’s been all about the “anti-it” bag, the anonymous handbag. You know it when you see it: that bag you see on the most stylish woman that looks simultaneously like something she could have picked up from a leather craftsman in Italy or she got it from Barney’s and it costs more than your rent. It doesn’t matter though, you have to find out which it is, so you chase her until you find out. And about 50% of the time, it’s a no-name bag, and no where to be found.
But those are the best bags. The bag that only YOU know the provenance of…it’s special to you, and meaningful to you only, it wouldn’t mean much to anyone else. Maybe it was expensive, maybe it wasn’t, but it of the highest quality. The brand is not easily identifiable, and even the most bag-obsessed would be hard-pressed to recognize it. These bags don’t have any bling, no logos, they’re usually a little slouchy and have a great worn-in look. They will last forever, and are the type of bag you want to carry every day, like my beloved tote by my friend at Admonish.
Only a few brands perfect that look in my opinion, first, is The Row. I mean, those Olson twins sure know how to spend their money. The Elizabeth & James line sort of accomplishes this, but I find that the pieces include a few too many frivolous zippers and shiny bits. It’s also why I love Comme des Garcons so much; the wallets are superb, but anonymous. Hope does great weathered totes, Maison Martin Margiela (and MM6) is known for his avant garde, but still relatively anonymous bags (especially the iconic shopper tote). Valextra, Marni, Isaac Reina, Anya Hindmarch, and il Bisonte are a few other brands that do anonymous well.
Here are the bags pictured above. Did you guess any correctly??
1 il Bisonte Bobo bag in black | $348 at Mill
2 Kallia leather sling bag | $215 via Etsy
3 Everlane Petra Portfolio tote | $425 at Everlane
4 AANDD leather bag | $322 at Totokaelo
5 Admonish distressed charcoal tote | $400
6 MM6 Leather shopper | $695 at Shopbop
7 The Row sling bag | $2,600 at Barney’s
Even more anonymous bags. Which is your favorite? Do you carry an anonymous bag?