The Editor-in-Chief of the country’s best fashion magazine tells us which luxury bags to invest in right now
No matter the season, bags are essential to our lives. Who hasn’t seen a woman out and about without carrying one? Of course, bags should not only house necessities. There is a reason luxury fashion houses produce the most sophisticated and functional bags that style enthusiasts couldn’t wait to get to their hands on. MEGA Magazine Editor-in-Chief Peewee Reyes-Isidro shares a similar sentiment, understanding the value of investing in designer bags that show off personal style and help out a busy lifestyle. We sit down with the MEGA EIC as she tells us the luxury bags to own right now.
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LOUIS VUITTON Vanity Case Bag
Peewee’s latest obsession comes in the form of the chic and novel Vanity Case Bag. It is highly different from the brand’s recognizable styles of Speedy, Alma, and Papillon. “If you own these, it is best to have something nouveau, something with a different shape,” Peewee advises. After all, Louis Vuitton had been adventurous in coming up with creative silhouettes like the Hat Box and Multi Pochette. Although they are exploring new shapes, they never veer away from the heritage design and thus, a reimagined Vanity Case is indeed a must-addition to your collection.
Recent style trends have been returning to the phenomena of the past. Ask any fashion enthusiast about the 1990s and they will tell you Prada, the quintessential brand for the sophisticated, is at its prime. Recently, they released its Re-Edition Bag in nylon to make it easier to maintain its quality. What is good with the new version is apart from the sling and a shorter chain link, it has a phone case, an essential feature for the busy career woman.
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BALENCIAGA Hourglass Bag
One look at the Hourglass Bag and you can see its modern and sophisticated design. After all, the brand’s Creative Director Demna Gvasalia has a taste for street culture. You can notice it with how the bag takes its shape from the brand’s signature blazers. With a top handle, sling, and the new Balenciaga logo, this bag is perfect for a sleek and sharp look.
Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele returned to the heritage brand’s archives in designing 1955. Among the house’s trademark is the golden-hued horsebit. This decorative element is an ode to the style trends of the 1970s and Alessandro brings this back with Gucci 1955. Whether you take the monogram or simple leather design, the bag remains a classic for day-to-day life.
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BOTTEGA VENETA Cassette Padded
Having been under the apprenticeship of Creative Director Phoebe Philo, the new creative director of Bottega Veneta, Daniel Lee, envisioned a new emblematic design for the heritage brand. While the house is known for its iconic intrecciato weave, Daniel incorporated modern minimalism to its bags. Peewee recommends getting the Bottega Cassette Padded. Apart from increasing the size of the intrecciato weave, the bag remains chic as you wear it in ways as a sling or as a clutch when gracing evening affairs.
The classic Chanel 2.55 inspired this new design. With its chunky strap and generous space, it can carry many necessities. Aside from the original lambskin and leather, Chanel 19 has new materials like tweed and nylon. It also differs from 2.55’s shape with its curved flap, turning it into a beautiful reimagined 2.55. As Peewee says, “Anything Chanel is worth keeping. It is a good investment.”
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Anyone who has watched Sex in the City has spotted Sarah Jessica Parker carrying what would then be an icon of Fendi. The Baguette is a multifunctional bag that almost any stylish woman has to own. With a short and long strap, you can wear it in two ways, especially as a mini bag for night-outs. It is also perfect for those with a taste for brands as the bag carries a subtle logo design.