Do you remember when we got stuck at home during the breaker with nothing to do but craft stuff?
It was around this time that fashion brands were working on their Spring / Summer 2021 collections, and they did so with a similar appreciation for artisanal techniques and handcrafted creations.
This was particularly evident in the bags that hit the catwalk: Fendi presented its perforated Sunny tote made of leather, Valentino made a statement with his hobo bag made of macrame leather and Burberry’s Oceanic collection included a mesh bag with crystals.
So yes, if you’re wondering, straw bags, knitted bags and other accessories with DIY appeal are very popular right now. They’re fun, simple, and laid back enough to grab them for your many stays ahead. These homemade styles are also very handy to take with you for all your other summer activities – glamping, picnics, beach walks, and however you are basking in the sunny outdoors.
You also have many options to choose from, from the upscale basket bags from designer brands to the cheaper models from trendy labels to sustainable models for the environmentally conscious shopper. We have listed the best ones below.
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With this large Yuzefi basket bag with hand-made woven facade and elaborate fringe details, you will attract everyone’s attention. What we appreciate most is that it is made entirely from vegan leather, which gives it a green edge over the countless basket bags that are available to buy.
Yes, Fendi now has its own line of plastic basket bags like those you would have seen anywhere in the 90s. The difference is that Fendi is made from recycled PVC that comes from the Italian brand’s factory. The excess plastic that arises in the production of sneakers and shoes is brought to life in this handy pocket shape in bright colors.
This season Bottega Veneta has redesigned its Classic shoulder bag with an elaborate, hand-crocheted fabric made of jersey made from a cotton blend. This is one to add to your collection if you’re already a fan of the brand’s trendy, textured accessories.
Fans of sustainable leather accessories from Nanushka can join the SS21 trend with the new Naiya bag from the Budapest brand. Equipped with a macrame net and carrying handles woven with strands of vegan leather, it is easy to see why the bag is already getting hits on the Lyst fashion search engine.
“Environmentally conscious chic” sums up Anna Sui’s line of striped crochet bags that are knitted from T-shirts made from recycled cotton. This mini bag is perfect for storing your wallet, cell phone and sunglasses while you go on a picnic.
USD 246 (approx HK $ 1,910)
Staud’s Moreau Bucket Bag is not a bestseller for nothing. The sturdy (and detachable) bucket bag is roomy enough to stow all your essentials, and its knotted macrame exterior is guaranteed to stand out. This season there is a beige version of the Moreau that goes well with your summer dresses.
Stella McCartney’s Falabella tote bag was recently featured on the gossip Girl Reboot and guarantees its must-have status as soon as the series airs. Nevertheless, you can already get your hands on this crocheted knit version, which is ethically and sustainably manufactured in line with the brand.
Prada mesh bags have been pretty popular for a while now, but the latest version of the Fishnet is the most summery yet. The drawstring bag made of nylon cabardine is now wrapped in a net made of hornbeam, which is both a masterpiece of craftsmanship and reminiscent of a vacation in Bali, for example. The bag has a braided leather handle so you can take it with you wherever you go.
If, like Simone Rocha, you share a love for pearls, you should get your hands on her luscious version of the mesh bag. In addition to pearls, the handbag is decorated with sparkling crystals, all of which make a very glamorous piece of arm candy that works both day and night.
Nothing heralds summer as well as a new Ibiza collection from Loewe x Paula. The capsule offers plenty of tropical-inspired straw and knit accessories, but the highlight of this season is the new Anagram Basket bag. It is made entirely of natural materials: the Loewe logo is embroidered on the fibers of the Iraca palm, the rest of the bag is dyed with walnut leaves in Colombia. The Anagram Basket bags are also hand woven by the artisans at Oficio y Arte, a Spanish craft collective that enables women to be financially independent and to raise their children. The style will be available from April 15 in all Loewe stores.