Is this Insta-famous bag THE bag to invest in for 2022?

The best designer handbags comes in all shapes and styles, but it seems like for 2022, in comes in the form of the Manu Atelier Kesme bag.

It may have launched at the end of last year, but it's still going strong. So much so that I can't stop seeing it, whether IRL or on my social media feeds, on the arms of celebrities, editors and influencers alike - Camille Charriere, Blanca Miro, Elsa Hosk etc.


Manu Atelier White Kesme Mini Leather Shoulder Bag - £350 at Browns


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Manu Atelier Kesme trimmed shoulder bag - £333 at FarFetch

In fact, just a shy of month into the new year, I'm ready to call it: the Manu Kesme is THE bag of the year, and mark my words when I say you'll be seeing it on every well-clad arm at fashion weeks in February.

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It's easy to see the bag's appeal. Much like the Turkish brand's trend-setting shoes, it's the perfect mix of a classic design, modernised for the needs of the every day woman.

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As per the brand, the Kesme is 'hand-crafted from soft calf leather, a modern classic with a pristine and minimal design'.

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The soft boxy shape is enhanced by a detachable gold-tone chunky chain for whether you're in a fancy mood or not.

Its size is perfect too, not too big, yet able to hold all your daily essentials, antibac and face mask included.

If you are after an evening bag, it also comes in an adorable mini version.

At £350, it is just the right side of affordable for a designer handbag, making it even more attractive. The vanilla colourway has clearly been very popular (it's sold out on Manu's site), however it's available in many gorgeous colours, from black and brown, to red and green.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.