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11 chic canvas bags to see you through summer in style

This summer’s hero handbag is beige canvas; everything from totes to cross-body styles and even belt-bags.

When looking for a summer bag, you need it to be multi-functional for all occasions and all eventualities. Which, given the highs and low of a British summer, can include everything from sunshine picnics at the park with friends to windy staycations on the Cornish coast. Enter, the canvas bag.

An update from last summer’s raffia accessories trend, the canvas bag is your new must-have handbag style. Designers have quickly jumped on this trend. Remember the Loewe canvas bag of dreams that ruled Instagram last summer? Well, it’s back this season in even more colours than before – as well as offerings from Burberry, Celine and Gucci.

The bag shape can be anything from roomy and oversized – ideal when you are heading on a day out and need to pack an extra layer of clothing and a potential change of shoes – to lady-like and considered.

Whether you are after something neutral to work in with your tonal wardrobe or something a little brighter, we have rounded up the best canvas bags to shop this summer. 

  • Loewe

    Loewe canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Loewe

    The oat coloured canvas Loewe bag that was the summer accessory of last year has had a minty makeover for this summer. Wear yours as a pop of colour against your black sundress. 

    Shop bag, £795, Loewe

  • Aranaz

    Aranaz raffia bag
    Best canvas bag: Aranaz

    Aranaz brings a big holiday mood to its canvas bag. Covered in shells and with a handy crossbody strap, you’ll feel like you’re on the Balearic sands in Cornwall. 

    Shop bag, £220, Aranaz at brownsfashion.com

  • Rue de Verneuil

    Rue de Verneuil striped canvas tote bag
    Best canvas bags: Rue de Verneuil

    Rue De Verneuil’s blue and white canvas tote bag takes cues from the timeless French elegance of the 1950s. It’s handmade in Paris with tan leather handles and offset with green and red stripes. Pack yours full for a picnic in the park. 

    Shop bag, £160, Rue De Verneuil

  • Arket

    Arket canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Arket

    Minimal dressers, rejoice! Arket have naturally got you sorted with the most pared-back extra-large canvas bag. 

    Shop bag, £115, Arket 

  • Rejina Pyo

    Rejina Pyo hawaian print canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Rejina Pyo

    Canvas bags need not just be natural coloured. Rejina Pyo’s  hand-painted scene depicting a Hawaiian beach will make you feel like summer even when the weather says otherwise. 

    Shop bag, £395, Rejina Pyo at brownsfashion.com

  • Celine

    Celine tote bag
    Best canvas bags: Celine

    If you’re looking for a neutral canvas tote bag but want something more than an oat colourway, then Celine’s khaki bag is your sartorial answer. Use yours as hand luggage for your next trip away. 

    Shop bag, £890, Celine

  • Accessorize

    Accessorize striped canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Accessorize

    Go nautical with Accessorize striped canvas tote. We’ll be teaming ours with washed denim and box-fresh trainers. 

    Shop bag, £20, Accessorize 

  • Gucci

    Gucci canvas backpack
    Best canvas bags: Gucci

    Make your canvas bag handsfree with Gucci’s floral backpack. Plus, that pink embroidery might be the sweetest detail we have ever seen. 

    Shop bag, £865, Gucci

  • Hereu

    Hereu canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Hereu

    Hereu supports Spanish artisans who practise time-honoured techniques, which in turn inspires the label’s designs. This large tote is assembled by hand from canvas and reinforced with leather handles and a shoulder strap. Plus it’s roomy enough for all the essentials. 

    Shop bag, £325, Hereu

  • Staud

    Staud canvas bag
    Best canvas bags: Staud

    Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are fans of Staud’s iconic ‘Moon’ bag and it just got a canvas update for summer. Snap this one up fast, it won’t be on the shelf for long. 

    Shop bag, £240, Staud

  • Burberry

    Burberry canvas tote bag
    Best canvas bags: Burberry

    If you’re in the market for a timeless investment that will last you summer after summer, look no further than Burberry’s logo canvas tote bag. 

    Shop bag, £1000, Burberry at brownsfashion.com 

Opening image: courtesy of Loewe

Product images: courtesy of individual brands