The rise of the saddle bag…
Remember the early 2000’s? When the “it” bag first created year long waiting lists and fashion was fun, colourful, and defined by eccentricity? I’m talking the likes of Galliano’s Saddle bag at Dior, Multicolour monogram at Vuitton, the Spy bag followed by the B bag at Fendi, and the now forgettable Chloe Paddington. It was a time where bags got weird, more expensive, more embellished and far more desirable than ever before. It was a decade that changed the accessories market forever, and personally a decade in fashion that I’ll always treasure. Mainly because it was the decade that has defined my love of fashion. I started secondary school in 2003, and spent my teenage years lusting over the “it” bags of the time, and spending endless hours online researching the Multicolour line at Vuitton and who was carrying it.
(From the top: Dior Saddle Bag, Louis Vuitton Multicolour Speedy, Fendi Spy)
That was then, now fast forward a decade and you’ll no longer see a Chloe Padding anywhere nor would you find anyone that would openly admit to carrying one. The high-streets are now void of all Fendi B Bags and even Louis Vuitton Multicolour pieces, that still have a strong following, are hardly seeing the light of day. I have always been a fan of these items, minus that ugly & extremely heavy Paddington, and because of this, have been collecting the odd piece to add to my collection. I must admit, with the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior bringing back its monogram and more quirky pieces in the last few seasons, I have been increasingly using my carefully chosen vintage finds within my everyday wardrobe and receiving many complements.
It was at St Pancras station that I first noticed that something was happening. A business women, in a black dress & 3 inch patent heels ran to make her connection, she was late twenties/early thirties and fabulous, with long brown hair and skinny size 8 waist. As my eye glanced down I spotted a silver CD under her arm and the silhouette of a legend. She was carrying a black leather Christian Dior saddle bag with silver hardware. It was the first time in many years I had seen the saddle bag being worn with pride among today’s fashionable proportions. Three months following my chance encounter at St Pancras station I have noticed that the Saddle Bag really is growing a following. It’s being featured more on Instagram and street style stars like DJ Mazurbate and Chaelin Lee are sporting the Saddle Bag. News that vintage stores and designer consignments are selling out of the Saddle bags just as quickly as they are coming in shows that the love of the 2000’s Galliano creation isn’t just something I have felt, its reiterated around the fashion world. After a quick google I noticed that Vogue earlier in the year also mentioned the rise of the saddle bag, but why?
Maybe it’s because the quirky bags fit the current trends and feeling of the moment, maybe it’s because people are bored of todays all leather selection at Dior. Or maybe because people like me, who have grown up loving these items through childhood now have the disposable income to buy the pieces they once lusted over and still adore. Either way, long after they were discontinued, the Christian Dior Saddle Bag is just as popular as ever.