New month, new bags: October ’21 edition—from Balenciaga, Fendi, Kate Spade and more


By Kelly Lim

New month, new bags: October ’21 edition—from Balenciaga, Fendi, Kate Spade and more

Alongside the latest releases from the AW21 runways, this month’s launches of designer bags include the debut of a polished top-handle from Kate Spade and updated editions of everyday icons from both Fendi and Louis Vuitton. Whether you’re shopping early for end-of-year festivities or simply on the hunt for new arm candy, read on for the brand new accessories hitting the shelves this season:

Dior AW21 Collection: Mizza Print 

For the Autumn/Winter 2021 season, Maria Grazia Chiuri has revisited the iconic Mizza leopard motif in homage to Monsieur Dior’s eternal muse Mizza Bricard. Feline grace and free-spirited boldness come together in the distinct print design inspired by house archives to enhance essential pieces in a range of styles: tone-on-tone, natural, grey and black––for the ultimate game of mix-and-match.

Amidst the range of ready-to-wear looks and accessories, this season’s launch also presents the irresistible print on multiple classic bags that include the Lady D-lite, Dior Book Tote, Dior Caro and Saddle bags for a fashion statement that’s distinctly Dior.

The Dior AW21 collection is available now in stores and on


Balenciaga Gossip Line 

First introduced in Balenciaga’s Winter ’21 collection, the Gossip line is characterised by a flap construction and elongated BB hardware where modern simplicity meets retro accents to fashion an elegant yet impactful day (and night) bag. The Gossip arrives in a timeless shape that will be available in two sizes––small and XS with a chain strap, and two fabrications that include crocodile embossed calfskin leather and striped embossed calfskin leather.

Inside the Gossip Small, you’ll find an inner zipped pocket to secure essentials as well as an external back pocket for easy access, while the Gossip XS boasts wallet-like compartments with four inner card slots, an inner patch pocket and an external back pocket. Classic colours such as black and white are available––the latter featuring tone-on-tone hardware––alongside hues of green for those wanting to make a colour statement.

The Balenciaga Gossip line is now available in stores and on


Fendi Peekaboo Capsule Collection 

Featuring plenty of icons with an icon, Fendi has launched a special Peekaboo capsule collection in celebration of the iconic shape created by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The capsule pays homage to the Maison’s craftsmanship with an assortment of Peekaboo ISeeU Medium, Peekaboo ISeeU Small and Iconic Mini Peekaboo, realised in coloured grained leather with handmade macro Selleria stitches––a detail that’s inspired from the original Roman master saddler’s techniques.

To express Fendi’s irreverent spirit, four vibrant colourways are available and come combined with silver hardware: mimosa yellow, tulip red, cyan blue and truffle grey. It doesn’t end there––for the ultimate Fendi statement, there’s also bold accessories to boost the bag. In tribute to the Maison’s heritage and handmaking ability, matching Nano Peekaboo charms and Strap You shoulder straps with a pocket arrive in natural canvas and embellished by a coloured FF embroidery.

The Fendi Peekaboo capsule collection is available now in stores and on


Kate Spade Lovitt Collection 

Kate Spade has debuted the Lovitt, a new top-handle shoulder bag that infuses their brand codes with vibrant animation, for the fall season. Featuring a smaller, more delicate evolution of their iconic spade hardware, the Lovitt is crafted in smooth, softly grained and croc-embossed leathers, and an array of bright colours that range from deep evergreen to festive pink and colour-blocked black.

Available in two distinct sizes, the bag also comes with an optional handle and adjustable crossbody, allowing for versatile styling options (and tons of comfort in carry). It doesn’t end there––peep inside, and you’ll find an interior card slot, zipper pocket and slip compartment to help you keep your things organised.

The Lovitt collection is available now at all Kate Spade New York boutiques in Malaysia and online at You can also contact [email protected] for free home delivery. 


Louis Vuitton Essentials 

Louis Vuitton shares two everyday models that combine contemporary sophistication with the essence of what the brand has always been associated with––travel. Revamped for the modern context, the Christopher backpack and Soft Trunk is presented as part of the essential collection in a range of materials and sizes for any lifestyle.

The Christopher, first introduced as part of the Autumn/Winter 2004 collection as a backpack, has since been reinterpreted in a multitude of variations that range from a messenger, sling or tote. Whatever the style, it features multiple pockets for convenience storage of daily essentials and can be worn various ways: held in your hand, slung on your back or over your chest. The latest launch finds it available in black or white, and in Taurillon Gommato, and Monogram or Damier canvas.

Designed by Virgil Abloh, the Soft Trunk has also been redesigned in different shapes, as well as a wallet, briefcase and even a phone box. The model takes inspiration from the Maison’s iconic trunk and was conceived as the perfect masculine bag that’s both desirable and practical due to its supple design, multiple zips, shoulder strap and large opening. The Soft Trunk arrives available in the finest materials––canvas, Taurillon Monogram, exotic leathers, to name a few––and in several sizes.

The Louis Vuitton Essentials: Christopher and Soft Trunk families is available now in stores and on


Read last month’s launches here.

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