The Best Nylon Handbags and Accessories for that Y2K Look

Photographed by Erwin Wurm, Vogue, December 2019

As far as nylon goes, it’s undeniably one of the most interesting textiles in the history of fashion. It’s fitting, then, that the humble fabric has risen as one of the most popular styles for bags and accessories in 2021. Unusual times call for unusual fashion, and nylon certainly encompasses all that. It’s almost apocalyptic; it’s sturdy, water-resistant, affordable, and works for a range of items from couture gowns to everyday bags.

For the fall 2021 season, brands high and low embraced the nylon bag. There was Sacai’s utilitarian nylon backpack, McQueen’s logo shoulder bags, Marni’s quilted mini totes, and Miu Miu’s star-spangled padded tote bag in lilac and hot pink, fit for a retro ski chic chalet.

Although nylon was officially invented in 1938, one might associate nylon most with World War II, when rations made stockings go from silk to

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