One of the best things about this time of year is the new handbag styles that come with it. As we settle into Autumn it’s already clear there’s five silhouettes taking the season by storm – and what better time to invest in one than National Handbag Day!
Yes, believe it or not, 10th October is officially National Handbag Day and, as experts in all things handbags, it just happens to be one of our favourite days of the year.
Whether you’re looking for a style update or something new to carry from work to weekend, our round up of the season’s trending handbags has you covered. Keep scrolling for the five key bag shapes you need to know now.
1. The Oversized Tote Bag
With extra room for new essentials – we’re talking sanitisers, hand creams and spare masks – tote bags are big news for Autumn Winter 2020. This season’s theme? The bigger, the better.
Our new Abingdon Road tote – crafted in strong, grain leather with spacious interior and a protective laptop sleeve – is where fashion meets function. From commutes to local cafés, it’s the working week essential every wardrobe needs.
And for that post-work work out? Look to Finsbury Park, the first style in our new Radley Responsible range. Crafted with sustainable materials – including recycled nylon and water-based PU – our versatile tote bags the ultimate everyday accessory.
2. The Quilted Bag
Since 1955, when Coco Chanel first introduced her signature 2.55 design, quilted bags have become a timeless fashion staple. The spotlight is shining on them again for AW20 – from London to Paris, the season’s runways were lined with seamed accessories of all shades and sizes.
Conceptualised in our London Design Studio, the new Wood Street Quilt collection is a beautifully modern take on one of our bestselling ranges. Whether you choose a large tote or cross body bag (every fashion editor’s favourite), the iconic style is sure to last you a lifetime.
3. The Bucket Bag
The first bucket bag was designed in 1932 with one purpose in mind: to carry champagne without breaking the bottles. The handbag has become a staple style since then and this season’s no different – bucket bags were spotted on catwalks all across the globe.
Complete with a relaxed silhouette – another key trend for AW20 – our bucket-shaped Ada Street bag ticks every box. Crafted from grain leather, it’s sleek, versatile and features a detachable shoulder strap so you can go everywhere in style.
4. The ‘90s Shoulder Bag
Loved by celebrities and street fashion stars alike, ‘90s-style shoulder bags are well and truly back for Autumn. While traditional shapes remain popular, modern takes on the rectangular-flapped bags have adopted softer edges, for more laid-back styling.
Enter Vale Close: our heritage-inspired design crafted in luxuriously smooth leather. If you’re looking to add a hands-free accessory to your repertoire, this classic handbag is a winner. Plus, you can choose from two day-to-night sizes.
5. The Saddle Bag
Rounding up our edit of core silhouettes is the ‘70s-style saddle bag you keep seeing everywhere. Championed by style all the major fashion houses, the half-moon hero is set to stay for many more seasons to come.
Our best-loved Pocket Bag’s contemporary update, London Pockets brings an elevated touch to every outfit. Effortless to wear with sleek design, the new cross body is a true investment piece. Buy it now and treasure it forever.
Why Not Try To Win One?
To celebrate National Handbag Day, we’re giving one lucky person the opportunity to win a handbag from our latest collection, From London with Love.
Don’t worry if you’re still deciding on your favourite – it took us a while too! – you have until midnight 17th October to enter. Just make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram; everything you need to know is there. Wishing you the best of luck!
For the latest handbags and purses, keep an eye on our New In page. And, remember to show us your style by sharing photos of your Radley handbags on Instagram with the tag @RadleyLondon – we love seeing how you wear them.