Last January, the fashion world went on fire with the Fendi Bag Bugs, the little baubles that created their own fashion category – the bag accessory! Ever since, bag charms have become an iconic item for shoppers, especially in Asian markets, that just love the without commitment freedom of customization provided to them. I mean, who can resist making a popular bag in a thousand (maybe million?) different ways! The great thing about bag charms is that you can easily just unclip them and either change the look of your bag or resell it. So, instead of buying an expensive yet impractical bag because it is busting with personality or adding your initials on your favourite design, you can go for the low-stakes alternative: the bag charms. And, don’t be fooled…they may have had pockets of popularity in various markets, but they are NOW fast becoming a high-end worldwide trend, providing consumers with almost unlimited options!
You may hear them as Monsters or Buggies or a number of other things (seems that nicknames come up as the wind changes!) and tend to move very quickly for something inanimate that lacks legs, whose price can exceed the $700 neighbourhood. The demand right now is so huge that you probably have to pre-order a Fendi handbag charm because they are snapped up as soon as the brand makes them! Now, if you want to get your hands on the new Bugs expected to hit the stores in a few days, we have found this incredible online store that has recently opened pre-orders for the Spring Bag Bug (website).
Besides the Fendi Bag Bugs, you can also pick one of the thousand other charms and adorn every bag, as long as it comes with a handle attachment or a zipper, from your hefty travel bag to your stylish pouch clutch! For those that don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a cute Bag Bug, here is a list of adorable charms starting at just $6!
1. Plush Key Charm by Dylan’s Candy Bar ($6 at Nordstrom)
5. Kiss a Prince Frog Key Chain by Kate Spade ($58 at Shopbop)
6. Beaded Key Chain by House of Holland ($70 at Net-a-Porter)
The Milan Fashion Week: The latest on Bags!
Unquestionably, this year’s hype, worn by all stylish fashionistas from Milan to New York Fashion is stickers and personalized glamorous and playful bag charms. The cool trend calls for fur chains, leather stickers, and even toy-charms! See Carlotta Oddi’s black, mini bag that wore such beautiful Saint Laurent adornments in the Milan Fashion Week! We even saw Hermes bags at the London Fashion Week personalized with Anya Hindmarch’s handbag stickers. However, if you are opting for the stickers, just remember that once glued, you will have to ruin your bag if, for any reason, you decide to remove them, so choose carefully. That aside, personalizing your bag is THE thing to do right now and don’t be intimidated by those that say you may be too old to follow this trend!
Just rock those bags, girls!