Trend to try: Cross-body bags that are as cool as LV x Supreme’s

Committing to Louis Vuitton x Supreme’s guaranteed mile-long queue is no easy feat. Get this: Diehard Supreme fans in London were on the verge of hyperventilating excitement as hundreds of them joined in the line as early as 4am — only to find about 300 others had already beat them to it. And in Vice’s now-deleted section from a feature where they interviewed people in the queue, a hypebeast admitted that he was participating in the hours-long line only “for the vibe.” Talk about sleep-depriving dedication!

We’re predicting an equally frenzied turnout here next week (14 July at Ion Orchard’s Louis Vuitton) — so if you’re eyeing the fan favourite red bum bag, being among the first few in line will definitely have the odds in your favour. But if patience isn’t your virtue, we’ve got you a round-up of alternatives that’ll get you just as much street cred.

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Julien Boudet, the man behind Bleu Mode street style photography, was seen in his trusty Gucci bum bag during Paris Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2018. (Photo: Phil Oh)

Cross-body bags have been making endless rounds both on and off the runways. Trendsetting gents on the streets of the recent men’s fashion week have shown sundry ways of elevating tourist dads’ favourite fanny pack by slinging it not on the waist, but across the chest. Runway styling — from Valentino to Off-White — was no different: Shouldering the new man bag is the way to go. The rise of gorpcore sure plays a part, too.

Below are 5 bags to shoulder on in style with, even if chances of getting your hands on Louis Vuitton x Supreme’s are closer to zilch.

(Main image: Calvin Wang; featured image: Louis Vuitton)

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Gucci GG Supreme belt bag

Printed in Gucci’s GG monogram print and secured with the Italian house’s iconic green-red Web waistband, this two-panel belt bag will stay as timeless in decades to come. A worthy investment.

Gucci, price upon request

A-Cold-Wall* Utility holster

Fashion insiders’ new streetwear-powered favourite is Brit label A-Cold-Wall*. And their signature utility holster is one that’ll get unanimous stamps of approval. Made in durable 15oz natural canvas, this industrial-looking bag is designed to brave the elements while earning you street cred.

A-Cold-Wall*, S$312 (£175)

Fendi Black Metal ‘Bag Bugs’ backpack

The famous Fendi Bag Bugs have just gotten a tougher look. Updated in black calf leather, this zippered bag is niftily spacious. Not too big and not too small, it’s the perfect size to pack in your daily essentials.

Ssense, S$1,777 (USS1,285)

Louis Vuitton's Spring 2018 waist bag

Don’t strive to be a crowdpleaser. Set to come out early next year, this blue-infused monogram stunner is a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Supreme reds.

Louis Vuitton, price upon request

Maison Margiela black leather belt pouch

Maison Margiela’s understated bag is the versatile accessory you’d love to grab on days when you’re too time-strapped to think of what would match your outfit. Now, that’s what we call a classic.

Ssense, S$1,314 (US$950)