The coveted designer bag from the early 2000s has been revamped
First conceived in 1999 by former artistic director John Galliano for his spring/summer 2000 collection, the iconic Dior Saddle Bag was quickly picked up by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Elle Macpherson and Sienna Miler. The bag also became a favourite of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.
18 years later it has returned to Dior stores worldwide courtesy of Maria Grazia Chiuri who revived the equestrian-inspired bag for her autumn 2108 collection. “I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty,” Grazia stated in a press release. “I consider this icon of the house’s recent history the perfect accessory to deal with the battle that is daily life.”
The modern day version comes in two sizes and features a strap to allow it to be worn cross-body. It also comes in various styles: There’s monochrome leather, a 1970s-inspired patchwork bearing the inscriptions peace and love Dior, and an oblique canvas one that’s embellished with nine pieces of finely-beaded embroidery created by hand after designs in bright and contrasting colours.
“The Saddle Bag is a bag that is worn in exactly the same way as a shirt or jacket, and it’s so comfortable to wear with its long strap that you almost forget it’s there,” Chiuri said. “The Saddle Bag is also practical because it allows you to carry everything you need with you. It’s for this reason that I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe, because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations.”
The Dior Saddle Bag is available to purchase in store and online now and you can view the full collection in our gallery below.