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HonestTips - Identifying the different types of bags

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

Bags, bags, bags - at Honest Crafters, we're all about bags.

After all, repairing and restoring them is our job!

The fashion industry is huge, and there are many different types of luxury bags that exist across various brands. Trust us - we've seen them all across our daily operations over here at our studio.

In this special edition of #HonestTips, we're here to break down the common types of luxury bags we come across at HC, so that you'll be better able to identify them! This is especially handy when you're assessing or purchasing a bag.

Baguette Bag

Take a French baguette and a handbag, and you get the baguette bag! Named after the bread which it resembles, its fairly compact shape and short straps allow it to become a great companion for a classier outfit. However, it may be a bit too large for proper formal gatherings and should be worn with something with a more eclectic feel.

Remember Sex and the City? This bag was popularized by Sarah Jessica Parker, making it one of the very first 'it' bags! The Fendi baguette is one of the most popular variants of the baguette bag, and it is also one of the most common bags we encounter at the studio.

Bucket Bag

The bucket bag provides ample room for storage while being less clumsy to carry around. Its loose feel due to its less firm sides, as well as its drawstring closure and long strap, make it a great companion to more casual outfits. Bonus points if you're going for something Bohemian.

One of the most famous variants of the bucket bag comes from New York luxury brand Mansur Gavriel, which pushed the bucket bag to new heights of demand and popularity upon release 4 years ago.

Crossbody Bag


The crossbody bag is probably the most versatile and varied type of bag. Taking its name from the very long strap used to hang across the body from the shoulder, crossbody bags tend to be on the smaller side due to the need to provide balance with the long strap. With that said, many variants and designs of the crossbody bag are available, giving you plenty of choices to see which pairs best with a casual or dressier outfit.

The Yves Saint Laurent Vicky is usually one of the best and most popular choices for a crossbody bag - its sleek and simple design makes it a timeless classic.



The clutch is perhaps one of the most identifiable bags ever made. Its unique strapless design forces the wearer to 'clutch' the bag in their hands, giving it its name. The bag is most commonly worn with formal wear, adding a feminine and light touch to a classy look. Its slim and flat design doesn't weigh on the outfit, making it an essential addition to any female wardrobe.

We love clutches like the Gucci GG Marmont Clutch - its timeless design matches perfectly with any outfit.



Need a bag for school or work? The satchel bag is designed just for that. Resembling a blend between a saddlebag and a messenger bag, the satchel bag is flat on the bottom with stiff sides giving it enough structure to hold your books or documents. Some satchel bags may have a top that folds over, with a clasp closure. Satchel bags also come with both a long strap and a handle to give you choice and versatility as to how you'd like to carry it.

A satchel bag like the Kate Spade Essential Large Satchel is one of the best satchel bags to look out for - we'd like to think it is what it is, an essential in your handbag collection.

Shoulder bag


A shoulder bag is another type of bag that isn't really a type - rather, it refers to any sort of handbag that is designed to be worn on the shoulder with a strap. Usually, shoulder bags come in medium and large sizes, due to the fact that their straps aren't long enough to suit being worn crossbody, whose bags usually come in small sizes. Shoulder bags aren't usually meant for classier affairs, but the design and type of the bag decide which outfit pairs best with it.

With so many shoulder bags around, it's hard to pick an essential shoulder bag - but we'd like to think the Hermes Kelly stands a good chance. After all, it's widely considered to be one of the most famous and well-designed bags ever made!

Tote Bag

Tote bags are usually the largest form of handbags, considering their utility and purpose. Simply dump your belongings in, and get on with your day! Its convenience and versatility in carrying (via hand/shoulder) make it a very popular complement to any casual outfit.

We love the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM tote, as it serves as a perfect blend of luxury and casual convenience. Made with premium coated canvas, its signature monogram design is sure to turn heads on the street!

Closing Notes

We hope you enjoyed this edition of #HonestTips! Knowing about the different types of bags makes it easier for you to purchase, assess, and pair your bags with different outfits.

If you need your favourite bag serviced, why not get it serviced with Honest Crafters? WhatsApp us now at 94870688 for inquiries or to request a quotation!

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