Is a Skinny North South Bag Going To Be The New Thing?

If you’re new to the bag game, you’ll be coming across handbag jargon like ‘North South’ or ‘East West’, terms used to describe two categories of bags (it’s all pretty logical stuff). North South bags run in a downwards direction (hobos, totes), whereas East West bags runs horizontally, which we traditionally see in cross body and flap styles. 

When I wrote about Chanel’s Resort ‘19 Collection showcasing Chanel’s new version of the uber popular Boy Bag, it confronted me with its svelte form. Quite frankly, a North South distinctly rectangular dimension on a cross body bag isn’t all too common in designer bags. For one, it looks odd, and second of all, the more narrow construction means it can get tricky getting stuff out.   What quickly rushed in my head was that a bit of modernisation going on. Rectangles as a reference point in handbags aren’t new, configuring it so it’s looked at in a different angle, is. What I think is even more accurate is, our phones have increasingly become part of our cultural appendage, and in recent history premier brands have been using the phones silhouette to fashion cross body mobile pouches. Chanel’s new Boy feels like a bigger, improved spawn on that style. 

Sonia Rykiel’s Pave Parisien bag beat Chanel to the punchline, though, at least in this current climate. New to the brand and available to buy, the Pave bag is also a moderate size, and can comfortably fit all your day essentials (hooray!). I have also spied Coach debuting a new saddle bag with the same long, North South look for Resort 2019 Collection. We should all brace ourselves for more big designer brands following this direction.  To tide you over until you can get the your hands on the bigger names, see below. 

Small Flat Tote

Bellows Cross Body Bag


Kate Spade New York
North South Crossbody Phone Case

Edie Park
iconMini Stars Cross Body Bag
Sophie Hulme
iconEmbellished Nano Tote
Faye Leather/Suede Bracelet Crossbody Bag


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