We know and love the LBD – little black dress – for its versatility to carry us through most, if not all, social events, and its timeless design that eschews fickle fashion trends. Similarly, black bags are the LBDs of the bag world. Whether you’re going to work, heading out with the family in tow or meeting your girlfriends for brunch, the LBB (yes, we are coining the term) will always be there. And if you’re looking to invest in these workhorses, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favourite mid-range bags below.
Sift & Pick is a local online shopping platform that retails independent brands from all over the world. For example, Darker Than Black is a Taipei-based label founded in 2017. This Valley Cube design is created with 100 percent Italian Nappa leather, which makes it both comfortable and durable.
Relaxed with a touch of slouchy, this matte leather handbag is spacious while the drawstring design adds elegance and uniqueness. We also love the gold-tone stud detailing along the perimeter.
This Rectangular Bucket Bag adopts minimalist design lines and a rectangle silhouette. The adjustable shoulder strap allows you to carry it as a backpack or a shoulder bag, changing according to your OOTD and what you have to carry that day.
This is an ingenious design that can be carried two ways – one as a shoulder bag and another as beltpack. And while it looks like two mini bags stuck together, the interior reviews a unified singular bag. Fun fact: This bag was awarded the 2019 IDA Design Award (USA) and Golden Pin Design (Taiwan).
Studio Smoll is another label that hails from Taiwan. Made with eco-conscious intentions, a technique similar to folding paper to mould and shape vegetable-tanned leather is used to create this bag. This modular method allows for partial repairs when the bag is damaged, thereby prolonging its lifecycle. Moreover, you will have to DIY this bag (with about 40 to 60 minutes of your time) as you’ll receive the leather, tools and instructions necessary. Not only is this a unique experience, it also teaches you how to repair and maintain the bag.
Rebecca Minkoff is an American label that has recently launched its local shopping platform. Not only are you able to shop straight from their site, but it also lists their prices in Singapore dollars. This quilted chevron design is rather reminiscent of Gucci’s GG Marmont collection, don’t you think?
The bags created by Rebecca Minkoff are both stylish and functional, perfect to be your next work bag. This understated, sleek all-black design is made for minimalists.
The Michael Michael Kors Cece bag has been spotted on Korean celeb Yoona and Japanese model Tsubasa Honda. The elegant envelope silhouette juxtaposed against the gold hardware makes it a head-turning piece despite its classic colour combination.
The Tory Burch Fleming bag has an elegant appearance, and thanks to the quilted pattern, it also has an eye-catching three-dimensional texture that’s attractive and feels nice to the touch.
With its small portable design, camera bags are widely popular with many brands creating their own spin. It is especially favoured among the younger set as an everyday bag. Tory Burch added their own touch with plush quilting and contrasting gold hardware, resulting in a design that transcends time and trends.
Furla has launched a series of fun colourful Metropolis bags, which each shade denoting different stages of romance. Other colours include electric blue, bright yellow, creamy white and bold red.
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Translation and additional reporting: Ho Guo Xiong