As we head into a new year (EEK!), we've been cleansing our wardrobes Marie Kondo style with a vengeance. And what has remained are the items that will never go out of style no matter the TikTok trends or rammed marketing messages we get.

So we've curated seven bags that will last you a lifetime of pleasure, and delight that these leather forms can hold your precious things in such stylish ways.

First up? The Loewe Flamenco bag in Atlantic Blue. By now, it's an icon. Soft, squidgy but versatile in that you can use it as a pouch or else a crossbody, it's the kind of bag that you never tire of and you'll always feel chic pairing it with your outfit.


Next? Burberry. While Riccardo Tisci has been busy embedding his goth decadence to this quintessential British brand, there still remains some very tan options there and this hard shelled, 90s throwback bag is no exception.


Gucci's Horsebit 1955 style is a perennial favourite, maybe because it actually fits a lot of things inside unlike many of the micro bags we never quite understood. 


Wandler's Penelope leather tote bag became a classic the moment it launched. Another great shape to hold all your stuff, it folds over with a magnetic closure on top that will leave you feeling secure (the downside to many an open tote!) and its straps are long enough to go around the shoulder or held like a top handle purse. Sweet either way.


Chanel's 1.55 bag - let's call her the queen of handbags. She defines what an icon is, and her chain and smooth leather, this one in blue, is comforting in its handmade luxury. Yes, the prices are rising due to increased costs in labour and materials, but if you think about it, the number of times you'll be using this will bring usage down to pennies.
 
Paradise Row is a local London leather accessories brand, keeping carbon footprints low by sourcing and making locally. We love these bags with hardware made in the image of facial expression - this one is Love. Of course it is. WE love.


Anya Hindmarch spent a couple of years trying to perfect a fully bio-degradable handbag and this Return to the Earth bag, made in partnership with model and eco-warrior Arizona Muse is the result. The leather is fully traceable, the dyes and tans of the leather are non-toxic and even the label that adorns it is seeded and once planted, will grow new vegetation. It's a truly remarkable result that, hey, also comes in a beautiful shape.