The Bags That Defined 2019


Deep breaths. It’s the first day of 2020, and our minds are a tangle of nostalgia for the 2010s, excitement for the new decade, and, as always, bags. At PurseBop, the year isn’t truly complete until we recap the last 365 days in bags.

After much thought, IG scrolling, BopTalk browsing, and—we admit—a few heated debates, we’ve come up with a list of the bags that defined 2019. In no particular order, these are the 8 lucky bags that made the list.


Hermès Mini Kelly

2019 is the year the Hermès Mini Kelly made its comeback. But wait, you say—the mini Kelly II was released a few years ago! Collectors went crazy! This is all true, and yet…the excitement waned rather quickly.

The mini Kelly certainly had its detractors. People complained that the stiff sellier K was too small, too impractical, too expensive for its size. Mini bags became slightly less in vogue. Well, the pendulum has swung back the other way—the mini K is in, in, in, as 2019 proved.

Read more about the mini Kelly:

The Hermès Kelly 20 is Hot (Again)
Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Exotic Mini Kelly in Black Croc
Kylie Jenner Reserves a Mini Kelly for Baby Stormi


Dior Book Tote

There’s no doubt you’ve seen the Book Tote all over, well, anywhere really. This bold bag is about as ubiquitous as it gets—the Book Tote completely dominated the fashion scene in 2019, and we’re curious to see how it fares in 2020.

Over a year after its release in Dior’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, the Book Tote now comes in a variety of patterns, colors, sizes, and even materials (in fact a leather version now exists)!

Read more about the Book Tote:

Ode to the Dior Book Tote
A Favorite Dior Tote is About to Get Smaller
Dior Spring 2020 Brings Us the Book Tote in a Smaller Size
Dior Continues with Saddles, Book Totes, Logos and More for Fall/Winter 2019


Chanel 19 Flap

2019 is the year Karl Lagerfeld passed and left Chanel in the hands of creative director Virginie Viard. Before he died on February 19, Lagerfeld oversaw the creation of a bag that would later be named the “Chanel 19” Flap. (The flap was part of his last runway collection.) A new take on the bag he made classic—the Classic Flap—the Chanel 19 became an instant hit.

Read more about the Chanel 19 Flap:

Is This the New Chanel “It” Bag? Meet the Chanel 19


Louis Vuitton Camera Bag

Are you surprised to find a camera bag on this list? Almost every brand makes them, but Louis Vuitton’s latest take on the classic “camera bag” was a special hit this year. This summer, LV released a version of its Santa Monica bag in Damier canvas (it’s also available in Monogram Vernis!). We think its success might lie in the bag’s resemblance to classic LV heritage luggage…

Read more about the Louis Vuitton Santa Monica Camera Bag:

Louis Vuitton Reimagines its Santa Monica Camera Bag for Summer 2019


Chanel Vanity Case in Rattan

One of the hottest and most Instagrammed bags of the Summer of 2019 was a wicker version of Chanel’s beloved Vanity Case. Some dubbed it a “lunchbox,” for its picnic-style take on the classic boxy bag. But we choose to see this nickname as a loving one—after all, Chanel does what so many brands try and fail to do: it brings together disparate elements to create what we’d consider striking and unusual pieces of art.

Read more about the Vanity Case:

A Look at the Iridescent Chanel Vanity Case
Chanel Airlines Vanity Case Takes Us Back In Time


Hermès Evelyne

The Evelyne is always in fashion, but it showed no signs of waning this past year. In fact, we wrote an updated Hermès 101 guide for the classic saddle bag, and one of our writers shared a “day out” with the Evelyne, allowing readers to experience what it’s like to go about your day with the trusty bag.

Read more about the Evelyne:

Hermès 101: The Evelyne Bag
Experience the Hermès Evelyne – Could It Be the Perfect Bag For You?


Bottega Veneta The Pouch

In our opinion, this is the real surprise of the list. While Bottega Veneta is certainly a venerable brand, it doesn’t tend to be as handbag-focused as other luxury designers. But over the summer, Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch became the rogue “It” Bag—if those can even still be said to exist—of the year.

The Pouch took over street style, celebrity style, and the opinions of fashion editors worldwide, which is all quite a feat for a handbag that is essentially an oversized, buttery clutch!

Read more about The Pouch:

THE Designer Bag of the Summer, According to Fashion Editors


Hermès Mini Lindy

This mini version of the Lindy, which features an extended strap, was released as part of Hermès’ Fall-Winter 2019 collection. And we can’t overemphasize how excited the handbag community became when the bag made its debut. It was absolute mania!

The mini Lindy can be worn crossbody and is simply adorable. So adorable that it can be near-impossible to get your hands on it in H boutiques. Even actress Laura Dern has been spotted with the newly covetable H bag.

Read more about the Lindy:

Did You See The Little Lindy?
Hermès 101: Hermès Lindy Bag
8 Reasons We Love the Hermès Lindy

Photo courtesy of Hermès

What are your thoughts on our list? Are there any other bags you would have included? Do you have any predictions (or even just inklings) about the bags that might top the list in 2020?

Join the conversation and share your personal favorites of 2019 on BopTalk and Instagram with the hashtag #bagsof2019forpursebop. We’ll make sure to share your photos on the BopTalk IG & our IG stories.

Read related articles:

What Bags Did You Buy in 2018?
The Bags You Bagged in 2017
PurseBop’s Top 10 Bags of 2016

Love, PurseBop

Published: December 31st, 2019
Updated: January 1st, 2020

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