Fashion Editors Remember Their First "It Bags"

I took a look back and enlisted the help of MC staffers as well as some fashion insider friends to share their stories of their very first It Bags.

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Sometimes we have got to look back in order to move forward—and fashion is probably the greatest place to take a trip down memory lane. In these recent days of slowing down and reflecting, I’ve been finding myself thinking about not only happier times, but also about the fashion items from the past that really excited me and the concept of fanatic shopping. I’m not talking about trying to jump onto trendy styles and shapes per se, but being on the hunt for that ONE thing you have got to have. The thing that gives you the rush, the chase, and the satisfaction of conquering the piece that you were fixated on. Handbags are perfect for that: They’re one-size-fits-all, universally for all-ages (both North West and her Grandma Kris Jenner have Birkins, okay?) and I’ve always thought you could be dressed like a total slob, but if you have a strong handbag game, you’re still kinda chic. There are more “It Bag” phenomena than I can even count. I credit celebrity obsession going hand-in-hand with that fanatic handbag obsession. The getting on a wait-list, call-around-to-every-store-in-the-country, burning with envy kind of obsession. Handbags are also great time capsule pieces. They can speak to what mattered to you culturally and practically in your life, the people you admired, and how you saw yourself fitting into in your social environment. Fascinating fashion anthropology! Because I’m a highly sentimental person, I took a look back and enlisted the help of MC staffers as well as some fashion insider friends to share their stories of their very first It Bags.

Julia Gall is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion, as well as styling tips, wardrobe upkeep and sustainability. Check her out at @juliasgall.