What do we love about Spring/Summer bags? They are often come in surprising shades and interesting colourways. Think designer bags like Louis Vuitton’s Escale Neo Noe bucket bag in tie-dye and Chanel’s flap bag in hot pink. And what about Balenciaga’s Hello Kitty Ville bowler bag?
These are the season’s most unique designer bags that are a welcome breath of fresh air, if you ask us.
A variation of the brand’s voluminous, pillowsoft clutch that every street style star can’t seem to do without, now with a more streamlined shape and a hand-assembled chain shoulder strap.
makeover with upsized handles and hardware, cleaner edges and a new mini size.
Modelled after a doctor’s bag and in playful finishes like patterned crochet knit this new top handle captures the label’s knack for marrying novelty with function.
The beloved label’s new It bag is a vintage-tinged, hands-free number with a slick edge, thanks to its chunky chain strap, bombe leather trim and utilitarian take on the turnlock clasp.
For all its charming antique-y patina, this day bag is also all modern practicality with two roomy compartments and three handles – twin, a shorter knotted one and a shoulder strap.
It’s hard to say no to this new crossbody range that’s equal parts trendy and timeless (its logo
references the arch doorway of the brand’s HQ), best seen in this tone-on-tone style.
The homegrown accessories giant brings back ’90s minimalism with this nifty pochette that’s all see-through.
The German label known for its practical designs draws inspiration from classic travel trunks to create a black tie-ready minaudiere in coloured embossed leather.
With bold nautical-inspired stripes in a duo of highlighter hues, this roomy number is everything beach rave parties ought to be.
If you’re looking for something other than the Chanel 19 or Chanel 2.55, this quilted, tone-on-tone number with lacquered metal hardware will switch things up.
An homage to the sophisticated style of Lee Radziwill, this classic design gets a playful (and very practical) update this season in the form of a plastic rain cover.
If there was ever a summer-ready bucket bag, this would be it, thanks to its hippy tie-dye print which is inspired by traditional Japanese tie-dye techniques.
Our favourite thing about this design is the oversized buckle and candy-pink embroidered logo that gives it a playful pop-art feel.
If you’re looking for a bag that comes with a history, this miniature bag – it takes cues from the house’s archival trunks – will be it. Available in mostly smooth calf leather, there are versions in with perforations and studs and in exotics like croco and lizard skin.
The Italian label draws on the Horsebit saddle bag it debuted in Cruise 2020 and spins off new styles with the same elegant curves and vintage appeal – and double the fun. Playful additions include a monogrammed bowler stamped irreverently with the word “Boutique”, and leather hand-held luggage and backpacks in rich primary colours while the original ’70s-inspired saddle now comes in snakeskin with a contrasting trim. All sport the equestrian-inspired hardware from which the range gets its name.
This collection of feminine matelasse lambskin flap bags come literally with a twist this Spring/Summer 2020: hand-knotted shoulder straps in the same uber-soft leather that lend equal parts girlishness and cool.
Riding on the popularity of its one-of-a-kind, jewellery box-inspired shoulder bag that debuted last March, the French jeweller launches its smallest version yet (it’s about 19cm wide) with a detachable strap that only makes the style more hip and cuter.
A smart and roomy ’70s-esque satchel made for today’s woman-on-the-go, this debut style is anchored by an archival T-shaped monogram clasp that defies decades with its architectural form, explaining the bag’s name.
This new hands-free addition to Anthony Vaccarello’s growing cache of It bags comes in S and XS and a variety of finishes spanning plain vegetal leather to exotic skin – exactly what one needs to channel breezy, hippy rock ’n’ roll chic.
The Italian fashion house debuts a roomy, aptly named tote with tortoiseshell-patterned plexiglass handles and unexpectedly fun finishes like candy pink terry cloth, Pequin-striped jacquard and calfskin emblazoned with an oversized logo. Made for beach getaways, street style ops and everything in between.
Three seasons after its Fall/Winter 2019 debut, this edgier, more casual yet no less sophisticated cousin of the brand’s signature 2.55 shoulder bag continues being updated with creative director Virginie Viard’s youthful Midas touch: washed denim as well as shiny candy-coloured lambskin.
Basically when Demna Gvasalia goes kawaii.The range covers four leather goods styles – from a wallet to this hand-held bowler bag – all featuring the face and bow of Sanrio’s fictional mouth-less feline character.Those whiskers? They’re made from the shoelaces of the brand’s popular Triple S sneakers.
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Vitello is Italian for calfskin, intreccio – woven leather. What Mrs Prada left out in the name of this arty-meets-sophisticated debut style: that the braided finish is done by hand and takes four hours to complete.
Clare Waight Keller leads the revival of the oversized clutch – so roomy and slouchy, it makes for a cool alternative for a day-to-night bag, complete with chic and thoughtful details such as a braided shoulder strap and XL leather pull. Options range from modern classic (single-toned nappa) to fashionably rustic (raffia).
No prizes for guessing how this bucket bag got its name, but creative director JW Anderson deserves one for the clever concept that lends artful elegance and fun to one of the trendiest bag shapes in recent seasons.To create its distinct, organic shape, calf leather is used on the structured base while the body is made from supple, unlined nappa leather. PS.The M and L versions each boast two straps: a short one that lets it rest high on the shoulder and a long, adjustable one so that it can be worn across the body.
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Easily the Italian label’s boldest take on a logo bag, juxtaposing metal hardware in the shape of an oversized “V” on a highlighter-hued mini shoulder bag – fun meets fashionable.
The British brand debuts this grainy leather crossbody that takes inspiration from the equestrian world (cue the saddle-like shape and bridle strap) that all fans of discreet, minimalist chic would love.
Nicolas Ghesquiere’s cheeky, elevated spin on the totes distributed at galleries and museums comes in monogrammed canvas with an ironic chic print of VHS tapes that alludes to the brand’s multi-era-inspired Spring/Summer 2020 show.
A statement-making cross between the now-trendy basket and a classic tote, this hand-held number is composed of individual leather links fashioned after the brand’s iconic anchor chain motif stitched together, reflecting Hermes’ artisanal leather-making prowess. Each one is accompanied by a silk pouch to keep contents safe.
Launched last May, this popular boxy shoulder bag got its first update during the Cruise 2020 season with the likes of a chain-and-leather strap, matte logo hardware and new textures (think braided or crinkled calfskin). Flash forward to this season and the facelift continues with metallic or iridescent leather.
To creative director Hedi Slimane, the well-loved French maison is a symbol of discreet, French bourgeois chic and his Spring/Summer 2020 additions to this range of bags introduced last year perfectly capture that cool je ne sais quoi: scarf or fringe-trimmed saddle bags, handy bucket bags with a masculine edge and a weekend-ready cabas in natural canvas, all distinguished by the brand’s double-C hardware that dates back to the ’70s.
A top handle, clutch and shoulder-strap bag all in one, Fendi’s By The Way bag has fast become a practical-meets-pretty everyday favourite. Made from Italian calf leather, it also comes in four sizes – micro, small, medium and large – and boasts new colours this season: a bright green, a mellow yellow and beige.
The new and mini cousin of the Spring/Summer 2016 Sylvie, this design with its flashy metal gold chain hardware comes with an equally illustrative history. The ‘1969’ in its name may allude to the year that the archival design in which this bag was modelled after, but this modern-day interpretation feels youthful thanks to its glossy finish and fun colourways like bubblegum pink, cream and black.
Trust Hermes to come up with a bum bag that’s equal parts fun equal parts uber-luxurious. The style – a streetwear favourite – is the first of its kind in the its women’s bag collection and boasts a subtle embossed motif of the house’s iconic Chaine d’ancre link stitched on the front and back. Made of swift calfskin, this chic canary yellow piece can also be carried in a multitude of ways – as a belt bag, clutch and cross-body.
Saint Laurent’s Cassandra top-handle bag has quickly become a business-casual choice for its structured and sophisticated design. Its mini counterpart, however, errs on the side of a chic party bag. With a Modish off-white finish, detachable shoulder strap and a pivoting metal closure, consider this your go-to accessory for a fun night out.
This practical tote comes in a myriad finishes like canvas, floral jacquard, and perhaps our favourite version yet: the so-called ‘triomphe’ canvas which features the archive Celine crest from the ’70s. What an easy way to ace bourgeois chic.
Meet the minimalist Lady Dior. Christened Lady D-Lite, this design comes in tone-on-tone embroidered Egyptian cotton with a reworked three-dimensional version of the house’s Cannage motif. Classic with an inimitable twist? Win win.
This archive-inspired Pocket Bag just might be the fashion girl’s answer to an ultra-sleek briefcase. Made from premium canvas, top-stitched leather and a detachable shoulder strap – its style-meets-function factor is further bolstered by an exterior flap pocket, two interior slip pockets and plenty of storage space in its main compartment.
This debut design takes cues from the house’s quirky Balloon bag. Think: soft calfskin, nappa drawstrings and a rounded shape inspired by Spanish castanets.
The Matinee gets a Tropicana update this season with a two-tone bamboo top-handle.
This article was first published in Female.