Love it or hate it, the Saddle Bag is back. You may remember it from the first time around – it was a “noughties” favourite… no doubt you probably saw Carrie Bradshaw (SJP) carrying one in SATC. From the monogram print speaking to the “logos” trend of the time, to the equestrian shape, along with a kitsch styling (the denim version, patched etc.) that embodied John Galliano’s disruptive aesthetic, it ticked all the right boxes in the early 2000s. The bag was premiered under John Galliano in 1999 and quickly became “arm candy famous” and highly coveted after being seen worn on THE celebrities of the time like Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton and Beyoncé. It was the bag to own along with Chloe Paddington bag that is.
But, after its initial fame, like any “IT Bag” it had its time in the spotlight and then disappeared out of view to then be discontinued. Let’s face it, critics find it “gimmicky” and it isn’t a bag we could see fitting in seamlessly with Dior’s other designs over the past few years so it isn’t surprising it was discontinued….
That is until earlier this year.
We had been noticing lots of our favourite handbag bloggers showing off their vintage Saddle Bags and allegedly it was K-Pop star CL who started off the boom in a more mainstream demand for the bag. She was pictured on Instagram with hers and then we saw Bella Hadid and Elsa Hosk pictured with Saddle Bags over the past few months and we knew the Saddle Bag resurgence had begun.
It has become near impossible to get one of the original Dior design bags and the demand for “vintage” Saddle Bags simply couldn’t keep up with supply. This all happened very fast and the next thing you know Dior brought back the Saddle Bag in their autumn/winter 2018 collection. They have the Saddle Bag as a plain black leather or signature Dior logo print and some more retro patchwork and beaded styles. All have the gold ‘D’ charm hanging off them.
Since then the bags’ popularity has exploded again and some are claiming it is seen as a “must have”, but much like last time, the Saddle Bag has the “Marmite affect” – some love it and some hate it. There’s no denying that the style is unique and bold, so of course it won’t be for everyone. But, there are plenty of people that are keen to snap up this iconic bag.
Aqila got her hands on one and even made a special trip to Paris for a special Dior strap!
What are your thoughts on the Dior Saddle Bag, a welcome return or should it have stayed away?
Until next time….