The 9 best classic handbags to invest in this summer

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Structured saddle bags and boxy cross-body styles made a return to the catwalk for s/s 2019. Invest now and carry forever.

A new sophisticated mood reigned supreme at the Spring Summer 2019 shows, and what better way to celebrate this chic, pared-back style than with a new investment handbag. 

Luxe leather was a trend that spanned ready-to-wear and accessories and Dior and Burberry have created it-bags of the season in an array of classic and contemporary shades. Emerging label DeMellier is fast becoming a fashion-insider favourite and Sandro, Coach and Charles and Keith offer more affordable options for everyday. 

From satchels that nod to the seventies to minimal leather crossbody bags and practical, roomy totes, here’s Stylist’s edit of the best new classic bags available to shop now.

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  • Sandro Pépita Bag

    Sandro saddle bag with gold hardware designer handbag accessories fashion style high street

    This medium-sized black saddle bag from Sandro, with its ring-lock fastening detail, is the perfect wear-with-everything style.

    Saddle bag, £315, Sandro

  • Charles & Keith Chain Strap Shoulder Bag

    New cult high street accessories brand Charles & Keith’s chic navy tote is a practical choice for day-to-day.

    Navy chain strap handbag, £95, Charles & Keith

  • DeMellier Oslo Bag

    Contemporary accessories label DeMellier counts Beyonce, Emily Blunt and Meghan Markle amongst it’s fans, thanks to it’s feminine designs and minimal branding. The Oslo comes in 20 colourways and optional complimentary monogramming too.

    Leather crossbody bag, £335, DeMellier

  • Burberry TB Bag

    Burberry TB leather shoulder bag black leather designer classic luxury practical accessories handbag

    Burberry’s monogram TB bag is up there as one of the most covetable of the season. First seen on the catwalk of Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry it references the initials of the fashion house’s founder, Thomas Burberry and is the perfect mix of timelessness and statement style.

    TB monogram bag, £1,490, Burberry (

  • Coach Parker Top Handle Tote

    Coach Parker Top Handle black leather tote handbag bag accessories designer luxury

    This doctor’s-style top-handle tote is a stylish and roomy option for work. Wear it crossbody over a t-shirt and jeans at the weekend or with longline tailoring for the office.

    Top handle tote, £350, Coach

  • Gucci Arli medium suede shoulder bag

    Gucci suede monogram satchel bag burgundy suede

    Gucci’s nostalgic, heritage-inspired handbags have become nothing short of cult. This burgundy suede Arli bag is the ultimate in timeless, classic style.

    Suede shoulder bag, £1,770, Gucci (

  • Celine Besace 16 Bag

    Celine SMALL BESACE 16 BAG IN SATINATED CALFSKIN designer luxury handbag accessories fashion style

    Celine’s slick, statement handbags are the ultimate in both aesthetics and construction. This leather shoulder bag is the perfect addition to your wardrobe; wear it with everything from printed midi dresses and sandals to jeans and boots.

    Grey calfskin bag, £1,550, Celine

  • Longchamp Madeleine top handle bag

    LONGCHAMP MADELEINE TOP HANDLE BAG Medium caramel luxury designer accessories fashion style shopping

    This stylish and refined tote from Longchamp is the perfect travel companion. The iconic signature bamboo clasp adds a contemporary twist to a traditional Longchamp classic. 

    Tan leather tote, £805, Longchamp

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