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What are the trends in designer handbags as we head into the fall winter season? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has done the research and curated a list of the best luxury handbags of fall winter this year. She also painted the image above – the woman has mad skills!

what are the trends in designer handbags this fall winter?

The straw on our summer straw bags is starting to fray. You know, sort of like our dried-out, split-end pool hair. Our beach totes have been stretched out and stained, reminding us of all the adventures we’ve enjoyed in the hot summer sun. It’s time for a new bag. Good thing the Fall handbags have hit the stores!


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This season, there are so many novel pieces to choose from. There are no longer any “It” bags; the “It” bag is simply the one that suits your style and lifestyle.

And they run the gamut. From Jacquemus’ teeny tiny handbag that’s garnered so much press from fashion blogs, to the popularity of Dior’s embroidered and generous-sized Book Tote. There’s lot of cozy and furry bags from designers like Chanel and Fendi. But also sleek and smooth exotic skin bags from Bottega Veneta and Chloe.

As for color, luxury designers are issuing their iconic handbags in almost every color of the rainbow. Gabriela Hearst’s Nina Bag consistently has a wait list. And Mansur Gavriel’s minimalist styles that are the perfect vehicles for saturated hues.

the best luxury handbags of fall winter this year

With so many choices, the discerning, modern woman might feel giddy, like a kid in a candy store. Or paralyzed by too many choices and totally stressed out.

Wherever you fall on the spectrum, take a look at our picks for the best luxury Fall Winter 2019-20 handbags for some inspiration, guidance and eye candy.

1. The Bottega Veneta Marie 

Quilted leather is always synonymous with luxury. And we love Bottega Veneta’s treatment of it this season. The enlarged, chunky squares of the Marie Leather Shoulder Bag on a structured and geometric body look fresh, modern and chic. $4,850

2. The Chanel Shopper

It was hard to miss Spring’s Chanel double cross body bags. While we wouldn’t complain if anyone gifted them to us, we think this Small Shopping Bag is a lot more practical for the everyday. We especially appreciate its accessible front zippered compartment. Plus, the light grey leather with gold hardware works for all seasons, which is great when we’re talking Chanel prices. $4,400.

best luxury handbags fall winter

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Bottega Veneta, Chanel. Courtesy Photos.

3. The Mansur Gavriel Bucket

Cozy fabrications are everywhere. This Shearling Mini Bucket Bag from Mansur Gavriel is cute and luxurious. And it would beautifully soften the edges of your fall look. $595

4. The Saint Laurent Nolita

Not all furry bags have to resemble stuffed animals, though. Saint Laurent’s Nolita Shoulder Bag features shearling-trimmed black leather and a gunmetal chain and hardware. It has a rock and roll vibe that resembles your favorite leather jacket. $3,550

trends designer handbags fall winter

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Mansur Gavriel, Saint Laurent. Courtesy Photos.

5. The Gucci Rajah with Cloud Print

The opulence of Gucci’s Rajah Tote with Cloud Print is off the charts, with a striking velvet jacquard pattern and iconic crystal tiger. You can fit a laptop and your September reading inside. We’re in love. $2,400

6. The Prada Blossom

Dark romance was all over the Fall runways. Prada’s satin Blossom Handbag is embellished with elegant and whimsical tulips, and perfectly captures the mood. $1,690

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Gucci, Prada. Courtesy Photos.

7. The Louis Vuitton Onthego in Animal

Louis Vuitton’s Onthego Tote was first introduced in Spring/Summer 2019. It quickly became one of the best selling silhouettes in this storied brand’s history. For Fall, the over-sized monogram is given the wild animal treatment with leopard and zebra skin patterns. $2,440

8. The Wandler Hortensia in Zebra

Not a fan of logos but loving the animal print trend? No worries. Check out Wandler’s beloved Hortensia style fabricated in soft zebra print calf hair. $1,110

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Louis Vuitton, Wandler. Courtesy Photos.

9. The Gabriela Hearst Diana

The accordion style handheld bag from the always sophisticated Gabriela Hearst, the Diana Bag, comes with beautiful color blocking this season for a touch of whimsy. Cognac colored leather with a saffron stripe and gold hardware – classic and autumnal. $3,200

10. The Chloe Tess

Chloe’s Small Tess Bag reflects all of the season’s trends. Preppy styling and colors? Check. Animal inspired skins? Yes!. Mini size? That too. Pair it with a camel coat and jeans and you’re good to go. $2,090

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Gabriela Hearst, Chloe. Courtesy Photos.

11. The Mulberry Leighton in Houndstooth

Checks, plaids and houndstooth are this season’s favorite “prints.” Check out Mulberry’s Leighton bag in Houndstooth, made from interlocking leather. Far from traditional, this houndstooth has a vibrant, graphic look. $1,995

12. The Dior Book Tote

If there was an “It” bag, Dior’s Book Tote  would fit the bill. All summer, you couldn’t escape all the vacationing celebs carrying it as they documented their journeys on Instagram. For the fall, this boxy beauty is fabricated in one of this season’s most popular motifs- the buffalo check. $3,000

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: Mulberry, Dior. Courtesy Photos.

13. The Lunch Bag from The Row

Sweet and sleek, The Row’s Lunch Bag has a dual compartment and a light chain strap. It looks equally compelling during the day and the night. $1,490

14. The FENDI Peekaboo

We love the retro vibe and athleisure style of Fendi’s Perforated Peekaboo white calf leather handbag. Glossy brown leather trim and gold hardware give it polish and structure. $4,200

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20. Left to right: The Row, FENDI. Courtesy Photos.

15. The Jacquemus Le Chiquiti

“Bag” might be a misnomer for this accessory that may or may not be sufficiently large to hold your air pods. Nevertheless, we’d be remiss not to feature Jacquemus’ Le Chiquiti Leather Bag, the accessory that has the fashion world abuzz. Travel lightly, dear reader. $275

The best luxury handbags of fall-winter 2019-20: Jacquemus. Courtesy Photos.

the best luxury handbags of fall winter this year

That’s it! Our top 15 must-have or at least, must-know handbags for Fall 2019. Which one will you be stalking?

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.