While the crossbody bag isn’t anything new, there’s no denying that it is both functional and fashionable. Originally known as the utility bag, the style can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was first used by one of America’s historical institutions, the Pony Express. Prized for its practical design, the classic silhouette has endured the test of time.
Hands-free and fuss-free, the magic of the crossbody bag is that you never have to actually hold it, unlike a tote or a top-handle, and it won’t slip off your arm, unlike a shoulder bag, so you can do whatever you like and not be hampered. It also puts less strain on your neck and back since the weight of what you carry is distributed more evenly. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite crossbody renditions below:
Versace Virtus Crossbody
First spotted in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2019 show, the Virtus takes its name from the Roman deity of courage and strength. The bag is easily identified by the large metallic V that adorns the front of each design, embellished with intricate acanthus leaves in the Barocco style.
Celine Triomphe Canvas Folco
Celine’s Triomphe Canvas collection is a masterclass in haute maroquinerie. Each piece is embossed with Celine’s historic monogram – a link motif inspired by the chains encircling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Folco bag comes in natural cotton weave with vegetal leather finishings.
Kate Spade Romy Crossbody
The Romy crossbody is the embodiment of the fun and functional Kate Spade aesthetic. With a mix of smooth and pebbled leather for a textured feel, a spacious interior lined with microsuede, and a Spade heart twistlock closure, the Romy will take you seamlessly from day to night.
Gucci Ophidia Messenger Bag
The Gucci Ophidia Messenger may technically be a men’s bag, but we have no qualms claiming for our own. Referencing a classic ‘80s streetwear silhouette, there’s no mistaking this bag with its GG Supreme canvas, Web stripe, and Double G hardware.
Saint Laurent Betty Satchel
The line of Betty accessories takes its name from Betty Catroux, the long-time muse to Yves Saint Laurent, who remained so close to the couturier that she used to be known as his ‘twin’. The Betty Satchel is just about as effortlessly chic as its namesake, with a sleek design that’s sure to add an edge of Saint Laurent ‘cool’ to any outfit.
Burberry Monogram Crossbody Bag
When Riccardo Tisci took the reins of Burberry last year, he ushered in a new chapter for the heritage house, including a fresh monogram that pays homage to the brand’s founder – Thomas Burberry. The updated ‘TB’ motif is splashed across this slim crossbody bag, made special with sustainably-produced and environmentally-friendly canvas, and accented with a bright racing stripe.