Posted on: December 14, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

The Luxury List is a monthly column on all things luxury, exploring cult items from heritage brands, tapping the foremost experts in the fashion space, and doing deep dives into the investment pieces that are worth it.

Conversations about designer handbags typically revolve around one specific phrase: “It bags.” That saying has been less prominent recently, though, replaced by “quiet-luxury bags” that combine ease, subtlety, and quality craftsmanship without prominent logos. Such discussions are unfolding everywhere from our editor Slack channels to TikTok to The Wall Street Journal. But this isn’t to say that these bags are completely unidentifiable despite a lack of branding. Rather, they have details such as signature clasps and unique silhouettes that only astute fashion observers would recognise.

Though there are a number of cult bags that fall into the camp of quiet luxury, Savette is a noteworthy newcomer. According to Net-a-Porter Market Director Libby Page, sleek silhouettes from Savette are resonating with shoppers, making it one of the only brands to successfully break into the luxury-bag market across the retailer in a long time. This signals a rise in the quiet-luxury category overall, as the label joins the leagues of investment brands such as Hermès, Khaite, Celine, and Prada that are as quiet as they are cool. Here, see the best low-key quiet-luxury bags that are primed to be in your wardrobe for many years ahead.

One of the breakout brands from the last several years, Savette—the brainchild of founder and designer Amy Zurek—is known for its logoless bags that are finished with its signature metal hardware.

Crafted to fit all the essentials. 

The slightly elongated style looks incredibly sleek. 

This smooth cream version will work hard in any classic wardrobe. 

Hermès bags are famous for their long waiting lists and mysterious buying practices as much as they’re known for their cult status among fashion’s most in-the-know insiders. Kelly bags, in particular, are a style that is practically free of branding and known for their expert craftsmanship.

This vintage Kelly is a real gem. 

Such a unique colour. 

Truly beautiful. 

The metal clasp on Celine’s Triomphe bags takes inspiration from the metal chain surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Otherwise, the bags retain clean and sleek lines, making them seasonless, functional, and beautiful pieces.

An elegant and sleek addition to any handbag collection. 

Only in-the-know fashionista’s will know this motif. 

A truly timeless investment piece. 

The Row’s signature understated minimalism has been distilled into the brand’s latest Sofia bag—an unfussy, simple leather crossbody bag that is already cropping up in the most luxurious (and stylish) closets. 

The perfect elevated everyday bag.

The top-handle version is so elegant. 

Inconspicuous, elegant, and unrecognizable except for the subtle “T” clasp, Toteme’s T-Lock bag is one of the most notable bag launches in recent memory.

On first seeing this, we knew it would be a classic. 

The curved shape is perfectly formed for ease of wear. 

This clutch version is ideal for an evening out.

The Prada Re-Edition 1995 bag was famously carried by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy—a fashion icon known for her quiet-luxury style. It was brought back by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, and the co-designers ushered the timeless bag back into the fashion space, making it one of the key investment buys to own.

So sophisticated. 

Baby pink is a fun addition to any outfit.

The sharp structure adds to the elevated feel of this bag. 

At Khaite, Cate Holstein designs pieces for New York women. Among them is the Olivia bag, a style that masters the balance of simplicity and modern cool.

The definition of quiet luxury. 

This is what dreams are made of. 

This relaxed bag has forever appeal. 

With Matthieu Blazy at the helm of Bottega Veneta, the brand has reached a new level of buzz and has distilled some of its archival design elements (including woven leather) into some truly seasonless bags, including the Arco Tote.

A spacious interior to carry all your essentials and more. 

This is sure to sell out. 

This colour is just as versatile as black, white or brown. 

With a line of expertly crafted travel-inspired luxury leather goods, London-based brand Métier should be on the top of your radar for timeless pieces to bring on a flight or road trip.

Note the braided handle. 

Each bag is skilfully handcrafted. 

The suede version is seriously elevated. 

Like the city it’s named for, Saint Laurent’s Manhattan bag is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless.

An elegant shoulder bag for all occasions. 

The elongated shape of the clutch version will always feel fashion forward. 

This one will endure trends and seasons.

Named after Lee Radziwill, the eponymous Tory Burch bag mirrors the late fashion icon’s style with its structured silhouette, top handle, and timeless design.

The colour is so luxe-looking. 

This mini iteration really caught our eye. 

The design lends itself to be worn open, semi-buttoned or closed. 

This story originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

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