The idea of the IT bag is both a blessing and a curse. Worshipping one accessory for a season means better appreciating the craftsmanship and design of the world’s biggest fashion houses. But IT bags don’t stay IT for very long. Just as soon as they’re thrown into the spotlight and tucked under arms are they pulled from shoulders and replaced by something fresher.

But the years of the one-bag-wonder are gone, and we’re not too sad about it. Over recent seasons, the bag game has been blown wide open. Messengers, shoppers, crossbody, and even "cassette" bags, are all on display. All at the same time. And for everyone. Menswear has finally started to accept bags, of all kinds, with outstretched arms.

Scroll on for a brief guide to the best bags around right now.

Marni Panelled Shell Cross-Body Bag

Panelled Shell Cross-Body Bag

$335

Marni

Free Shipping On All Orders Within The USA Over $250

Free Shipping On All Orders Within The USA Over $250

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Marni puts its signature playful twist on the shoulder bag with this colorful iteration. A single shoulder strap harks back to early '00s style and offers you an alternative to the canvas top handles.

Prada Nylon Bag

Nylon Bag

Nylon Bag

$975

Prada

Buy at Farfetch

If it works, why fix it? This pared-back black shoulder bag is functional and brimming with self-confidence. Prada branding graces the woven strap as well as the front panel.

Bally Trezzini

Trezzini

Trezzini

from $362

Bally

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Bally shows its experience with this super simple option that features the storied House's famous stripe. Cut from premium leather, this is a luxurious companion for everyday trips.

Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Bag

Padded Cassette Bag

Padded Cassette Bag

from $2215

Bottega Veneta

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

Bottega Veneta's famous and highly covetable woven leather typifies this bag. A sleek all-black colorway shows the power of simplicity.

Burberry Logo Canvas Check Freddie Messenger Bag

Logo Canvas Check Freddie Messenger Bag

Logo Canvas Check Freddie Messenger Bag

$870

Burberry

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Buy at Luisaviaroma

The world-famous Nova Check highlights this practical shoulder bag as a bastion of luxury. The Freddie messenger stands as a symbol of how a legendary fashion house has adapted to keep up with the times.

Gucci Off The Grid GG Supreme Phone Pouch

Off The Grid GG Supreme Phone Pouch

Off The Grid GG Supreme Phone Pouch

from $690

Gucci

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Gilded Gucci branding to the front of this small shoulder bag is accompanied by a woven monogram motif throughout. This phone pouch is a great way to add a pop of color to your everyday looks.

Balenciaga Tour D'Eiffel Printed Nylon Crossbody

Tour D'Eiffel Printed Nylon Crossbody

Tour D'Eiffel Printed Nylon Crossbody

$680

Balenciaga

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $500

Buy at Luisaviaroma

In true Gvasalia style, this Balenciaga bag takes inspiration from the swathes of cheap souvenir bags on sale in the French capital, transposing the concepts of mass production and luxury style.

Off-White™ Logo Strap Leather Cross Body Bag

Logo Strap Leather Cross Body Bag

$620

Off-White™

10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

Buy at Browns

One of the quieter components of the Off-White™ collection, this leather crossbody bag displays Virgil Abloh's diverse know-how. The premium leather construction is backed up by a black-on-black version of the industrial strap that we've all come to know and love by Off-White™.

Maison Margiela 4-Stitches Cross Body Bag

4-Stitches Cross Body Bag

4-Stitches Cross Body Bag

$665

Maison Margiela

10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

Buy at Browns

Understated but packing a punch, this Margiela crossbody bag will elevate even the most relaxed fits. From the famous four-stitch logo to the white pop-stud hang tag, this accessory proves that it's all about subtle details.

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