Ah, handbags. There’s nothing that excites me more. Fashion people say you fall into one of two categories—bags or shoes—and I have never been more sure of something in my life when I say that I am firmly in the bag camp.
There have been plenty of statement brands, shapes, colours and styles that have reflected certain moments, seasons and moods over the years. The ’50s were all about the Hermès Birkin, the 2010s saw the rise of the Celine (then Céline) Luggage tote, and the pandemic years were cushioned by cloud-like pillowy styles (think Bottega Veneta’s iconic pouch) and logo-emblazoned basket bags (thank you, Loewe). But there’s one perennial style that stands the test of time: the crossbody. Sure, it gets refreshed as the seasons tick by, but its versatility and practicality ensure it remains a wardrobe staple.
But what should one consider before investing in a new designer bag? “If you’re being mindful about value over time, then do your research about which brands hold their value long-term,” says Cocoon Club co-founder, CEO and all-round handbag expert Ceanne Fernandes-Wong. “Consider what is likely to stay in fashion. Core ranges and recognisable silhouettes from brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent will never go out of style,” she continues, before adding that materials should also be considered, especially if you’re thinking that one day you might like to sell your designer bag.
So to help you decide which long-strapped bag to invest in, I’ve sorted through some of the best designer brands to find the classic styles that you’ll reach for time and again. Scroll down to discover my ultimate list of the best designer crossbody bags.