Call It By Its Name

Coming soon to a store near you: the latest sequel to the designer bags that have stood the test of time and are so well-loved that we know them on a first-name basis.

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(Clockwise from left) Gucci’s Sylvie: The granny style top-handle resurrected from the brand’s 1960s archives three years ago gets an erotic edge with all-over patent leather; its signature red-and-green webbing now removed. Hermes’ Constance: As classic as it might look, the latest edition of this 50-year-old design comes with a glow-in-the-dark clasp, the result of a coat of phosphorescent lacquer. Dior’s Lady Dior: Launched in 1994, this signature tote with a distinct Cannage-patterned quilting now comes in a youthful denim blue, a nod to the wardrobe of the Teddy Girl movement that inspired the brand’s F/W ’19 collection.

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Fendi’s Baguette: This famous ’90s-born pochette has been adapted to come with a detachable leather base complete with handles so that it can also be carried as a tote. Just note the slight name change with this rendition: It’s the Baguette Case. Chanel’s 2.55: Now available in zingy neon orange quilted leather – the brand went all alpine chic for F/W ’19, and the shade is meant to evoke the rush of skiing down snowy mountains.

Text Imran Jalal