A Complete Guide to Bags

If you’re thinking about starting your bags business by importing from China and sell in your local market or online, but unsure what bags to start with, this post is a collection of bag styles, their description and use cases that may help you make a decision.

tote bag

Tote Bag

A large, often unfastened bag with parallel handles that emerge from the sides of its pouch.

Satchel

Satchel

A bag with a strap, traditionally used for carrying books. It has a flap that covers the top and fastens in the front.

Clutch

Clutch

A small, flat handbag without handles or a strap, often used as an evening bag.

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Backpack

A bag carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.

Crossbody Bag

Crossbody Bag

A bag with a long strap to be worn across the body, often more secure and comfortable for carrying.

Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag

A large bag made of fabric with a drawstring closure at the top, typically used for sports or travel. It's spacious and often comes with additional pockets and compartments.

Hobo Bag

Bucket Bag

A large, crescent-shaped shoulder bag, characterized by a slouchy posture and often made from soft, flexible materials like leather or microfiber.

Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag

A type of sack, usually made out of some kind of cloth, that is worn over one shoulder with a strap that goes across the chest resting the bag on the lower back.

Wristlet

Wristlet

A small purse with a short carrying strap resembling a bracelet, allowing it to be hung from the wrist. Ideal for carrying minimal essentials like cards and cash.

Duffel Bag

Duffel Bag

A large bag made of fabric with a drawstring closure at the top, typically used for sports or travel. It's spacious and often comes with additional pockets and compartments.

Shoulder Bag

Shoulder Bag

A bag that hangs from one shoulder with a strap. They come in various sizes and are often used for their practicality and ease of access.

Evening Bag

Evening Bag

A small, elegant bag used for formal events. These are often embellished with sequins, beads, or other decorative elements.

Doctors Bag

Doctor's Bag

A traditional bag used by physicians, it's characterized by a wide frame opening and a flat bottom. Modern versions are stylish and used more for fashion than function.

Camera Bag

Camera Bag

Originally designed to protect cameras and lenses, these bags have become popular for their padded, secure compartments and are now often used as fashionable, functional everyday bags.

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Beach Bag

Large bags made of durable, water-resistant materials, often brightly colored or patterned, ideal for carrying towels, sunscreen, and other beach essentials.

Barrel Bag

Barrel Bag

A cylindrical bag resembling a barrel in shape, often used for sports or as a travel bag, featuring a spacious interior and durable construction.

Quilted Bag

Quilted Bag

A bag with a quilted design, often made of leather or fabric, giving it a textured, padded appearance. Popular in luxury fashion for its elegant look.

Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag

A simple bag closed by pulling a string, typically lightweight and made from cloth or nylon, often used for casual outings or as a gym bag.

Mini Bag

Mini Bag

A very small bag meant more for style than functionality, usually just big enough to carry essentials like a phone, cards, and keys.

Bowling Bag

Bowling Bag

Originally designed to carry bowling balls, these sturdy bags have a distinctive, dome-like shape and are now used more for their style than their original purpose.

Belt Bag Fanny Pack

Belt Bag (Fanny Pack)

A small fabric pouch worn around the waist, secured with a belt. It’s convenient for hands-free carrying of essentials and has seen a resurgence in fashion.

Saddle Bag

Saddle Bag

A bag with a curved bottom and a flap cover, often made of leather, resembling a saddle. It's known for its crossbody style and equestrian influence.

Box Bag

Box Bag

A structured, box-shaped bag, often hard-sided, used for its unique geometric style. It can be made from various materials like leather, metal, or acrylic.

Basket Bag

Basket Bag

A bag made from woven materials like straw or bamboo, often in a basket shape. It's popular for its rustic, artisanal charm, especially in summer.

Envelope Bag

Envelope Bag

A flat, envelope-shaped bag with a triangular flap, usually used as a clutch or a small shoulder bag. It's known for its sleek and elegant design.

Half Moon Bag

Half Moon Bag

A bag shaped like a half moon, often with a curved bottom and a zip or flap closure. It's unique for its semi-circular design and can be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag.

Frame Bag

Frame Bag

A bag with a rigid frame structure, often opening with a clasp at the top. It's typically rectangular or square and has a vintage-inspired look.

Trapeze Bag

Trapeze Bag

A bag with a trapezoidal shape, wider at the top and tapering towards the bottom. It's known for its spacious interior and stylish, geometric appearance.

Convertible Bag

Convertible Bag

A versatile bag that can be transformed into different styles, such as a backpack, shoulder bag, or crossbody, often with adjustable straps.

Slouchy Bag

Slouchy Bag

A bag made from soft, flexible materials that slouch or collapse when set down. It's casual and spacious, offering a relaxed, laid-back style.

Structured Tote Bag

Structured Tote Bag

A tote bag with a defined shape and firm sides, often made from leather or sturdy fabric. It's ideal for professional settings or as a chic day bag.

Clamshell Bag

Clamshell Bag

A bag that opens wide like a clamshell, usually with a zipper around three sides. It's practical for organizing and accessing contents easily.

Pouch Bag

Pouch Bag

A soft, small bag without a rigid structure, often with a drawstring or zipper closure. It's versatile and can be used for casual outings or as a cosmetic bag.

Accordion Bag

Accordion Bag

Named for its multiple compartments that expand like an accordion, this bag is great for organization and often has a chic, sophisticated design.

Bucket Backpack

Bucket Backpack

A backpack with a bucket-like shape and a drawstring closure, combining the casual style of a bucket bag with the practicality of a backpack.

Pleated Bag

Pleated Bag

A bag featuring pleated design elements, adding texture and visual interest. Often made from soft materials, it can vary in size from small clutches to larger shoulder bags.

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Studded Bag

A bag adorned with studs, giving it an edgy, decorative look. Commonly found on leather bags, studs can range from small and subtle to large and bold.

Jelly Bag

Jelly Bag

A bag made from PVC or plastic with a distinctive jelly-like appearance, often transparent or in bright colors, popular for beach outings or casual summer wear.

Market Tote

Market Tote

A large, open-top bag, typically made from canvas or other sturdy materials, ideal for shopping or carrying groceries.

Hikers Daypack

Hiker's Daypack

A smaller backpack designed for day hikes, offering comfort, lightweight design, and enough space for essentials like water, snacks, and a first aid kit.

Roll Top Backpack

Roll-Top Backpack

A backpack with a top that rolls down to close, often secured with a buckle or strap. It's popular for its adjustable capacity and modern look.

Convertible Clutch

Convertible Clutch

A versatile clutch that can be converted into a shoulder or crossbody bag with the addition of a strap. Ideal for transitioning from day to night wear.

Start your bags business

Once you have the styles of bags in mind, follow this step by step guide to importing bags from China.

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