By 2000, the It-bag reigned supreme and it was common practice for the most anticipated bag launches to command a lengthy wait list.
But for those lucky enough to snag a so-called It-bag, the desire was not necessarily practicality. Chloé’s sought-after Paddington weighted over 1kg when empty, thanks in no small part to the weighty, decorative padlock that swung from the front. (yet all 8000 sold out before hitting stores in 2005) The same goes for Alexander Wang’s tough-luxe Rocco, which was swung over the arm of many an off-duty model, despite its incredibly heavy stud-embellished base.
Perhaps one of the most iconic silhouettes to emerge from the 2000s was the Dior Saddle, (recently resurrected by Maria Grazia Chiuri.) John Galliano’s cult creation arrived in endless iterations, from logo-emblazoned newspaper print to utilitarian camouflage and reality tv-star friendly baby pink. Other notable slices of 00’s handbag history include Louis Vuitton’s revered collaborations with Takashi Murukami, which saw those iconic rainbow-hued monograms swung from the arms of everyone from Paris Hilton to Beyoncé, and Balenciaga’s Motorcycle bag, which almost didn’t make it into production (it was originally dismissed as too soft and slouchy, until it caught the eye of Kate Moss, who instantly projected it to covetable status.)