Autumn Winter 2018's Hottest Handbags

The last few seasons have thrown up all manner of handbag trends – beaded box styles, sequinned pouches and architectural wooden structures have all been part of the fashion vernacular. But this autumn, those in the know are ditching maximalist styles in favour of a back-to-basics approach; gone are the fussy designs and impractical shapes, replaced by clean lines, classic colours and smart leather.

This doesn’t mean new season styles are all function over form; from bucket shapes to oversized totes, there’s an investment piece for everyone. And the best bit? There’s no danger of these designs going out of style. When classic becomes a trend itself, longevity is guaranteed. Need help deciding which to go for? Here are the brands, available at, who are nailing the look right now…



Ever since Mansur Gavriel propelled the bucket bag back into prominence, the shape has been a fashion-forward alternative to the conventional tote. Never a brand to shy away from a cult handbag, Chloé’s new Roy design has all the tropes of its most celebrated styles, with neutral shades, gold hardware and practical multi straps all featuring, but coming in a cute mini size and a two-tone palette, it ticks the trend boxes too.

Prices from £525


First came Burberry, then Gucci, and now Loewe is the latest brand to undergo a renaissance. Once considered a more under-the-radar name, the label has been propelled into the mainstream this year, thanks in large to a revamped accessories collection. Ok, there may have been some cult panda-shaped bags in the mix, but the designs we’re looking to are of the more practical variety – from the influencer-lauded Gate Leather crossbody to the new season Hammock style, these are handbags with personality and functionality in equal measure.

Prices from £850


These designs may not tick the classic box, but for a more directional take on minimalism, you can’t beat Dutch label Wandler’s winged mini bags. A street style favourite, the pink offerings get our vote – wear straight through winter for an easy trend-lead twist.

Prices from £400

Mansur Gavriel

Move aside, classic bucket bag – Mansur Gavriel is moving on from its roots with a selection of smart totes that have serious appeal for those always on the go. Large holdalls are smart, simple and fuss-free, making them ideal if you’re after something that will stand the test of time without any ostentation. Plus, if you’re after something a little more fun, the pink folded leather bag is a summer favourite of Sheerluxe’s Georgie.

Prices from £325


Joseph isn’t necessarily a name that springs to mind when it comes to handbags – in fact, the luxe Brit label only launched leather accessories last year. But with a strong design pedigree, it’s no surprise their smart, polished styles are an instant hit; we love their mini shapes, top handle detail and practical dark colour palette.

Prices from £425

Saint Laurent

There will always be a place in our heart for Saint Laurent’s classics quilted styles, but for a mature alternative try this season’s subtler brown offerings. Slick, practical and perfect for everyday, try crossbodies, totes and holdalls for a look you’ll wear for life.

Prices from £685

Nico Giani

Investing in a designer bag doesn’t have to cost the earth – new kid on the block Nico Giani’s pieces are available for under £300 and tap right into the minimalist-meets-quirky trend. Inspired by 50s and 60s architecture and interiors, their fun colours, structural shapes and unusual leather-bound hardware make them the perfect solution for fashion girls after something wearable.

Prices from £255

Sophie Hulme

These bucket styles are something of a departure for Sophie Hulme, who made her name with rectangular, top-handle designs with heavy enamel detailing. Another hero selection under £500, these classic leather pieces are guaranteed to stand the test of time, whilst the two-tone, calf hair style earns fashion forward points.

Prices from £375


Along with Dior and Burberry, the Fendi print is back on the agenda, with street style stars all spotted swinging their logo-laden handbags. But investing in the classic label doesn’t have to mean going full Carrie Bradshaw – the polished By The Way, with its practical, squat shape, top handle detailing and long strap, is the grown-up way to sport the back-in-favour brand.

Prices from £790


French label A.P.C is known in fashion circles for delivering on preppy, wearable classics, and these polished leather crossbodies confirm it’s still doing just that. The signature half-moon shape is now right on trend – plus, free from ostentatious labels and fussy details, their accessories are the hallmark of being a true fashion insider.

Prices from £345

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