Burberry’s New Handbag Was Inspired by Vintage Luggage

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The Pocket Bag is made of canvas and leather.

Burberry has long been a brand that both sticks to tradition and pushes the boundaries of modern fashion. And its newest handbag is the perfect example of this dichotomy. The Pocket Bag from the Spring/Summer 2020 collection was inspired by a vintage piece Riccardo Tisci found, and it’s flying off the shelves.

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The Chief Creative Officer was digging through the archives to come up with ideas for the latest collection and discovered a bag sold as soft luggage from 1981 to 1990. It was called the “Michelle Shopper” and featured leather detailing and the signature Burberry check design. Tisci used this to create the Pocket Bag, unveiled on the Spring/Summer 2020 runway. 


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“An archive-inspired tote in canvas and topstitched leather, featuring a front pocket stamped with our Horseferry print,” reads the product description. And thanks to the “reinforced top handles or detachable shoulder strap,” the piece is very versatile. It can be used as a tote, shoulder bag, or cross-body bag.

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The bag has both an equestrian and military vibe thanks to the shape, exterior pocket, and materials. This combo not only has a vintage appearance, but it’s also a nod to the brand’s past. Burberry’s fabrics were known for being hard wearing with many of the world’s well-known adventurers donning it for expeditions. The iconic Burberry trench was created and used during WWI, and the brand’s logo used to be a knight on a horse. 

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The Pocket Bag is available in three sizes—mini, medium, and extra-large—and starts at $1,090. It’s quickly becoming a staple style for the brand as there are already new iterations of the design available for Pre-Fall 2020. You can get the same silhouette, but with a tri-color design, different logo, in solid leather or embossed leather, a multi-patterned design, and more.