A quick scroll through Barneys’ latest handbag assortment, and one can easily see that woven pieces are having a moment. Now that it’s officially the first day of summer, it’s time to invest in the perfect tote or satchel to carry all your beach essentials or to accent your outfit on your next getaway. We’re inspired by these five worldly brands that are leading the trend with fun, bright colors and hand-woven styles created by skilled artisans. Click through to learn more about each, and then shop for this season’s must-have accessory.
This brand is a new arrival at Barneys New York and all purses are handmade by a master craftswoman using a Portuguese reed-weaving technique. The interiors are then lined with high-quality Spanish leather and adorned with symbolic porcelain charms.
Each unique bag in this line is handmade by local craftswomen in Nyariga, Ghana, in partnership with the designer Audrey David. The straw is dyed and woven into striped patterns, and the inside is finished off with a removable pouch to hold your latest summer read, SPF, and more.
This woven basket bag is exclusive to Barneys New York and is our go-to summer carry-all. Though Soeur is Paris-based, they employ women from all over the world to help create their unique straw and raffia pieces.
A percentage of sales from Truss aids in the development of the Oaxacan communities who partner to hand-create these styles. This Exclusively Ours sturdy weekender is made with woven plastic and braided leather handles. We love that no two bags are exactly alike.
Designer Sophie Anderson’s eye-catching designs are inspired by the methods used in Colombian weaving communities, which she discovered during her travels there. This particular wicker-basket design was made locally in Colombia and features whimsical pom poms that will accent any summer look.