Everyone Wants a Pillowy, Poofy Bag Right Now — and I'm No Different
I don’t know about you, but it’s only the sixth day of 2020 and I already need a nap. Not the kind of nap you take in the middle of a Saturday when you’re hungover and tired from being tired. The kind of nap you resist taking at your work desk. The nap that hits at 3 p.m. when you’re having your caffeine crash, realizing the midday news alerts are already worse than last year’s, and seeing that your too-long to-do list has nothing crossed off it. And even though 2020 sounds futuristic, nap-pods haven’t made their way into most offices and no one has invented time travel. But maybe that’s why everyone’s bags these days look like pillows.
In October of 2019 Marc Jacobs introduced The Pillow Bag. The accompanying editorial featured models with their heads resting on the bag, arms sprawled out on a table. Fashion editors and influencers started wearing The Pillow Bag everywhere. Almost all of them Instagrammed a photo where it looks like they’re mid-nap, cheeks pressed against a soft Marc Jacobs leather cloud. The name really says it all.
But Marc Jacobs isn’t the only brand to create a bag I want to take a nap on. Bottega Veneta’s Cassette Leather Crossbody bag, a favorite on the Fashion Week front row, also makes me sleepy. The Cassette bag has padded calfskin strips that are weaved like your favorite weighted blanket. And then there’s Maison Margiela’s Glam Slam Leather Shoulder Bag which is bound to remind you of your Grandma’s buttery couch. They all have a distinct look to them but would easily suffice for a pillow if you needed a nap in a pinch. They’re also way less obvious than a travel pillow and, yes, they look great under your head but would rest just as nicely over your shoulders or on your arm.
Bags that look like pillows were all over social media at the end of 2019, which indicates 2020 will likely be their year. Overall, there’s been a shift towards clothing that’s almost too cozy to believe. Moncler makes puffer coat gowns worthy of the red carpet. Last year, Charlotte Knowles London made corsets and bustiers that looked akin to life-vests. In a world that’s as uncertain as ever, our trends have shifted to be more comforting. Figuratively, there’s the childlike craze of hair barrettes, babydoll dresses, and padded headbands. Literally, there’s the Marc Jacobs Pillow Bag and co.
Whether your New Year’s resolution is to finally get more sleep or to at long last buy a name-brand bag, pillow bags are worth investing in now. And if your 2020 resolution involves both sleeping and shopping? Pillow bags are the only trend that’ll help you accomplish it all.
Shop our favorite pillow bags on Nordstrom below.
Marc Jacobs The Mini Pillow Leather Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $450; nordstrom.com
Marc Jacobs The Pillow Leather Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $495; nordstrom.com
Marc Jacobs The Nylon Pillow Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $450; nordstrom.com
Bottega Veneta The Mini Pouch Leather Clutch
Shop now: $1,390; nordstrom.com
Bottega Veneta Cassette Intrecciato Leather Crossbody Bag
Shop now: $2,480; nordstrom.com
Maison Margiela Glam Slam Leather Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $1,790; nordstrom.com
Maison Margiela Glam Slam Patent Faux Leather Wristlet
Shop now: $1,365; nordstrom.com
Maison Margiela Glam Slam Plush Leather Clutch
Shop now: $1,445; nordstrom.com
BP. Puffer Crossbody Bag
Shop now: $59; nordstrom.com
BP. Puffer Tote
Shop now: $89; nordstrom.com
Zadig & Voltaire Ziggy Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $498; nordstrom.com
Mali + Lili Quilted Vegan Leather Belt Bag
Shop now: $54; nordstrom.com
Mansur Gavriel Cloud Lambskin Clutch
Shop now: $595; nordstrom.com