The best compliment you can give a bag right now is to say you have no idea who designed it says style editor AISLINN COFFEY …
The no-frills bag is here, with super-clean minimalist lines and sleek, no-bling hardware. The best compliment you can give a bag right now is to say you have no idea who designed it … but wait for that to change as under-the-radar labels start to take centre stage. Please, never change, simple, understated bags, we love your modesty.
MINIMAL: British brand Ally Capellino makes elegant, minimal, practical bags and rucksacks. Tan/flame Braidy Slash leather handbag, Ally Campellino, €520, at Gallery 9, Naas, Co Kildare.
TEXTURED: Designed by Tory Burch’s stepdaughters Pookie and Louisa, Trademark handbags are quirky and well-priced. Green Dorthea croc-effect leather and suede box bag, €322; www.trade-mark.com.
SIMPLE LINES: LA label Staud is headed up by former Reformation fashion director Sarah Staudinger. Tan Bisset leather bucket bag, Staud, €330, at Brown Thomas.
CHIC BASICS: When first launched 33 years ago, APC’s minimalist staples were at odds with ostentatious Parisian fashion. Its bags are still timeless, combining form and function. Wine Half Moon leather bag, APC, €365, at Electra, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
CLASSIC SHAPE: Launched in New York last year by Angela Wang and Daniel Li, Ratio Et Motus focuses on creating classic bags – vintage top-handle shapes – with a modern twist. Brown Sister leather bag, €875; www.ratioetmotus.com.
SCULPTURED: London-based accessory label Danse Lente has gained a cult following for its architectural, structured bags. Tan Jonny leather bag, Danse Lente, €385, at Brown Thomas.
QUIRKY: Kate Spade handbags are known for their simple, prim yet quirky design. Black Circle leather bag, Kate Spade, €350, at Arnotts.
PRACTICAL: The aim of designer Jérôme Dreyfuss (Isabel Marant’s husband) is to make a woman’s life easier. “I try to make each bag as practical as it can be, as light, as soft as possible”. Silver leather tote, Jérôme Dreyfuss, €920, at Costume, Castlemarket, Dublin 2.
HANDCRAFTED: With each taking a full four days to produce, Dragon Diffusion’s bags are made by a small team of artisans using traditional basket-weaving techniques. Black Cannage woven leather tote, Dragon Diffusion, €350; www.net-a-porter.com.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Turkish label Manu Atelier was founded by sisters Beste and Merve Manastir, under the umbrella of their father’s legendary leather Istanbul manufacturing company, Yesim Çanta. Blue leather and suede bucket bag, Manu Atelier, €374; www.farfetch.com.
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