New month, new bags: November’21 edition––from Valentino, Balenciaga, Tory Burch and more


By Kelly Lim

New month, new bags: November’21 edition––from Valentino, Balenciaga, Tory Burch and more

With the holiday season fast approaching, this month’s edition of designer bag launches introduces plenty of refreshed staples and party-ready options that make for great gifting and party-ready companions to ring out the end of the year. From Valentino’s party-tinged collection with pieces you’ll want to show off to Burberry’s edit of house icons and the arm candy from Balenciaga’s highly anticipated Gucci hack, let this be the unofficial designer bag guide that’ll prep you for the joyous season. Happy shopping!

Valentino Party collection 

For the holiday season, Valentino’s Party collection sets the stage with a joyful soiree where people are back to celebrating together––and dressed up in their best clothes. Inspired by the idea of togetherness, the Party collection celebrates a return to life where everyone is enjoying the most classic party activities, from wrapping gifts to hanging lights and taking pictures together, with simple gestures that the pandemic has taught us to value again. Continuing on from creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s SS22 Valentino Rendezvous show, where the desire to be together is emphasised through a re-signification of the Maison’s codes, the party collection adds a ton of sparkle and colour to inspire a joyful season of celebrations.

Discover classic Valentino styles, like the Garavani Small Roman Stud Handle bag in miniature sizing, decorated in the collection’s signature quilted construction and maxi stud embellishments. Arriving in black, white and cotton-candy pink, the soft lambskin bag is equipped with a detachable sliding chain strap and leather strap to be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag or carried in hand. There’s also a metallic renditions featuring palladium-finish studs and hardware that’ll make a statement for any party, alongside similar editions of the Roman Stud shoulder bag in large.

Meanwhile, those wanting to turn up the dazzle can opt for the Vsling Mini handbag––available in both pearl gray and rose quartz––that’s decked out in rhinestone embroidery, featuring a signature magnetic closure with a logo covered in Swarovski crystals. Wear it crossbody via its extendable shoulder strap or carry it in hand by its handle. If you’re looking for an everyday bag, go for the Mini Valentino Garavani hobo bag, which features an extendible handle that allows you to wear it on the shoulder and a luxe leather-covered VLogo signature. And for those perusing gifts for him, the collection also offers VLTN crossbody bags and belt bags in a black and neon colourway, as well as in black and silver metallic hue.

The Valentino The Party collection is available online and in-stores. 


Balenciaga Hacker Project 

First presented during Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 runway, the Hacker Project series introduces pieces that reinterpret Gucci codes in an exploration of branding, appropriating and counterfeiting. Find mashups of the GG monogram with double-B logos across a cross-branded collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and bags that include the instantly recognisable canvas jacquard tote––and duffle bag for men––featuring a Magritte-esque graffiti tag that reads “This is not a Gucci bag” (alongside non-graffitied versions for those wanting something less flashy). There’s also a BB-monogramed jacquard top handle and hobo bag with a long adjustable strap that presents itself as the French fashion brand’s version of the iconic Jackie 1961. And those wanting more Gvasalia than Gucci can consider the black and grey colourways that would be more distinguishable from the latter’s signature beige shade.

The Balenciaga Hacker Project can be discovered online and in-store at Balenciaga Pavilion KL (select styles). 


Burberry Festive Gifting

For the season of gifting, Burberry has unveiled an array of signature Burberry gifts in celebration of house codes, ranging from trench staples and silk scarves to the latest quilted bags from their Lola and Olympia family. If handbags are on the wish list, you’ll find classic knitted check bags that include an archive-inspired pocket tote with glorious top-stitched leather trims and logo-engraved press studs, as well as a compact check e-canvas crossbody that’s primarily crafted out of less-consuming resources for the environmentally-conscious man in your life.

For unmistakably Burberry staples to add to forever wardrobes, there’s the classic leather TB bags in a new mini size and gold chain strap, alongside quilted lambskin Lolas in a wide array of sizes and colours including black and white to primrose pink and pale blue.

The Burberry Festive Gifting range is available online and in-stores. 


Tory Burch Kira Quilted Satchel collection

Tory Burch builds upon their classic Kira handbag, best known for its quilted leather into an enduringly chic everyday top-handle satchel. Their signature chevron-quilting, arriving in a luxurious smooth nappa leather that recall the plush interiors of classic cars, is reworked into vertical channel stitching, while a Double T turn-lock in antiquated brass make it distinctly Tory. Featuring an envelope edge, the satchel offers two ways to carry it––by its top or by the adjustable, removable chain-accented shoulder strap––and features multiple inner and external pockets for convenient compartmentalisation.

Arriving in two sizes, big and small, the Kira Quilted Satchel comes in various neutral hues, including Black, Toasted Sesame, Tempranillo and one of the standout colours for SS22, Beeswax.

The Tory Burch Kira Quilted Satchel collection is now available in-stores and online. 


Longchamp Holiday 2021 collection

Longchamp puts a focus on glitter and glamour to celebrate the holiday season, offering a wide array of gifts that put a spin on their timeless bags. First up, the Brioche flag bag is embellished in a bijou, evening ready version and covered in black sparkling sequins. Featuring its signature square clasp and sliding metal chain, the party-ready rendition is ideal for evening occasions, while a slightly larger model is crafted in quilted, metallic silver goatskin for day-to-skin sophistication.

Then, there’s also the iconic Le Pliage Cuir shoulder bag refreshed in shiny silver, crocodile-print leather with a removable shoulder chain for versatility and added edge, as well as the emblematic Roseau bag reinvented as a small shoulder bag accessorised with an oversized silver toggle.

The Longchamp Holiday 2021 collection is now available online and in-stores at Longchamp The Gardens, Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC.


Read last month’s bag roundup here

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