The Fanny Pack (AKA The Bum Bag) Has Gone High Fashion! So Says Designer Rachel Comey

The designer was all about the luxe fanny pack for her SS15 presentation. But mostly, we just want to say 'fanny pack'


by Pandora Sykes |

Things have been happening over the pond at New York Fashion Week. THINGS. They include the rise of the black leather harness – rendered with exquisitely wearable but uniquely badass finesse by newcomer Zana Bayne who already counts Debbie Harry and supermodel Anja Rubik as fans – and a prevalence of gingham at Altuzarra and Diane von Furstenberg (beat S/S15 and snap up this excellent Fred Perry gingham shirtdress now.)

Also happening: haute fanny packs. 'Fanny pack' is what the Americans call the bum bag and of all the Americanisms we have inadvertently inherited, this is the one that we wish would make it across the pond. We're pretty sure that if we strolled into the newsagent and chirruped 'check out my new fanny pack!' you'd still get a few revolted glances. Which is a shame. Because it's such a good term; it's better than peanut butter & jelly and the Kardashians rolled into one Americana sandwich.

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We've got a little way to go vis-a-vis the nomenclature, then, but you've still got ready reason to wear one, now that US designer Rachel Comey debuted some particularly chic woven raffia bum bags at her presentation. Also in residence: a white and baby blue embellished one (we can't work out whether they are bows or little dogs adorning it) and a cream canvas one. The raffia, however is our favourite.

We can't find any raffia ones on the market right now - and frankly, they're more suited to summer picnics than winter walks – but how about this nicely muted canvas 'belt bag' (lol – it's totally a BUM bag) by Karl Lagerfeld? It's not cheap, sure. But if you think of it as a handbag then the price becomes a little more defensible; and, don't forget it's been touched by Karl, the man of the hour, the month, the decade.*


Printed Canvas Belt Bag, £85 Karl Lagerfeld at

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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