With the world hyper focused on the growth of AI and a raft of other stunning new technologies, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at what lies ahead for handbags in the future. Will they become ‘smart’ and interactive at some point, much like most items we wear today? Will they become more sustainable? And how might they look?
Come 2030, here are some of our predictions of potential features and characteristics. Hope you enjoy this quick journey to the future…Smart Integration: Handbags could incorporate smart features, such as integrated screens or digital displays, allowing users to access information, notifications, or even control their connected devices through the bag itself. These screens could be flexible or foldable, enhancing the bag's functionality and style.
Sustainable Materials: With a growing emphasis on sustainability, in 2030, increasingly handbags might be constructed from eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials. More designers may opt for alternatives to traditional leather, such as bio-based materials, recycled fabrics, or innovative textiles created through advanced manufacturing processes.
The use of sustainable materials is nothing new, however the types of materials used, and the growth of demand for these materials will likely increase dramatically. There are many brands today already achieving great success by embracing a sustainable approach. One of the early innovators in this area was of course, Stella McCartney with her Vegan leather bags. The brand continues to innovate with new materials like those found in the gorgeous Falabella bag: crafted from a mixture of recycled fibres and bio-based ancient-forest-friendly viscose.
Above: Stella McCartney Falabella Bag. Image: @stellamccartney
Another brand currently embracing sustainability with great success is UK based, Roop. Their bags are made from headstock, remnant, vintage and organic fabrics. They also only use packaging that can be recycled, reused or is biodegradable. Clearly, they're hitting the mark and proving that consumers appreciate and care about sustainability with sales going gangbusters. Although, it also helps that their bags are super cute and unique.
Above: Roop Baby Furoshiki Bag. Image: @itsrooper
Modular and Customizable Designs: Handbags could feature modular elements, allowing users to personalize and customize their bags according to their needs. Interchangeable compartments, straps, or add-on accessories could enable versatility and adaptability, catering to various occasions and preferences.
Tech-enabled Security: Considering the increasing importance of security, handbags might incorporate advanced security features. These could include biometric locks, RFID blocking technology to prevent electronic theft, or GPS tracking capabilities to help locate a lost or stolen bag.
Integration of Augmented Reality (AR): AR technology could find its way into handbags, enabling virtual try-on experiences or interactive features. Users might be able to visualize how the bag would look with different outfits or access additional information about the product through AR interfaces.
Of course, we don’t have a crystal ball and with fashion constantly evolving - influenced by cultural shifts, technological advancements, and individual creativity; we wouldn’t be surprised if some of these features become common in handbags of the future.
But remember, no matter what, classic bags will never date and will most likely go up in value.
What do you think? How do you imagine handbags will look and function in 2030 and beyond?