The humble fanny pack will instantly transport you back to a time before your birth, or that you remember in a foggy haze of hairspray – the ’80s! The fanny pack was a huge hit during the ’80s and became a symbol of the era. Not only were these little pouches seen as being highly practical additions to your everyday style by allowing you to carry more or carry things hands-free, but for a while, they were genuinely seen as cool! So why are we talking about fanny packs today again?
According to a recent report, it seems that the humble fanny pack has come back into style in a big way. Rather than being seen as a kitschy throwback to the ’80s or just another hip trend, the idea of being able to walk around without a bag and live relatively hands-free, while keeping all your essentials in one place, appeals to young people in a huge way. Because of the appeal and apparent trendy nature of the fanny-pack, it is said to have made up for roughly 25% of all accessories sold in the US this year. When you think about it, that’s a staggering amount of money and even more fanny packs than we can picture!
While we consider the amazing revival of the fanny pack across the spectrum of fashion, from the high-end nouveau riche to the everyday fashionable, it might pay to understand how the trend came about in the first place. The first mention of fanny packs (or anything like it), dates back to 15th century France when it was considered both fashionable and practical to wear a little pouch around one’s waist known as a chatelaine.
Since then, the concept has been reinvented many times and eventually wound up in the form that we know it today. We’re not sure how much longer the fanny pack is going to stay in style, but there’s a good chance that it’ll be around for a long time. So if you’re planning to start making your own private brand, now would be a good time to start manufacturing them.