If you haven’t treated yourself to a raffia bag for the summer, then you’re missing out.
Long thought of as the perfect beach bag (the sand easily shakes out), they bring texture and neutral tones to everything from jeans to dresses to more serious suiting.
For 2023, raffia is a trend that is timeless, which is our favorite kind of style.
Best of all? You don’t have to spend big to get a lot of the look. Whether you’ve got an island vacation planned or just want to channel that energy to your mainland life, we think a chic, woven bag is one of the great perks of the summer season.
ASOS. A charming versatile shoulder bag in black. The best part? It’s on sale at 70% off.
J.Crew. Oh, just an adorable structured clutch that goes with everything and at a great price. Comes in 4 colors.
BTB. Another BTB ("beyond the beach") charmer. The beading screams Cult Gaia but at a fraction of the price. And in a pretty natural and white combination, this bag will complement anything in your summer wardrobe. Note: this bag is currently on pre-order.
BTB. While we all appreciate timeless pieces, handbags are an accessory we love to have fun with. Something small that instantaneously punches up an otherwise plain outfit and lets us show personality and style. We adore this whimsical pearl and floral bucket bag and picture it paired with a floral dress or white denim. (And if you like the look but want it for less check out this Amazon option.)
Loeffler Randall. A perfect clutch if there ever was one. The color is warm enough to match most, and the folded fabric and soft edges are feminine and reveal the quality we always appreciate from Loeffler Randall.
Aimee Kestenberg. Crossbody bags are a Six to Sunday favorite—lightweight, roomy enough for the essentials, often include functional pockets, and hands-free. This slightly sporty, leather-trimmed woven bag is functional and fashionable and a happy medium between urban and natural.
Polene. Goodness, this bag is sophisticated. In three gorgeous textured types of leather (black, cognac, and tan), we kind of want them all. Handcrafted in Spain.
Mango. A raffia-like, straw option (a material better suited for larger shapes). We like the combination of the handle and removable crossbody strap. The inside bag—with a charming brown strap closure—means your essentials will stay safe and secured.
Boden. The classic cotton trim and canvas lining give structure to this raffia tote bag—meaning this purchase will wear well. We love the color tone—understated and clean—and the fact that this bag is big enough to carry all of your summer essentials.
COS. If your wardrobe is best suited for black, we love the COS leather-trimmed basket bag. Reinforced leather provides structure and durability, while a recycled-cotton drawstring interior pouch adds functionality for keeping your purse accouterments safe.
mar Y sol. For those who like softer shapes, this tote is for you. With a handmade look and feel (because it is), charming leather tassel, and unlined interior, this is the bag deserving of the beach.
Sensi Studio. Manufactured in Ecuador, the Sensi Studio line is 100% handmade and founded on social responsibility. It’s the nod to artisanal combined with a modern, fashion-forward design aesthetic that we love. In woven straw, this gives you the look of raffia with a touch more structure.
Catarzi 1910. The combination of woven straw and cognac leather details takes the natural trend of this season to timeless luxury wearables for years to come. Designed and manufactured in Florence, it’s no wonder this bag oozes sophistication.
DeMellier London. A modern silhouette with subtle details that indicate luxury, including the grained leather handles and crossbody strap, gold belted closure, and metal studs and feet. We think the midi size is just right—big enough to carry everything but not overwhelming.
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