Petit Kouraj bags are some of the best fishnet offerings in the game

These string bags are going to make your summer stylishly hands-free

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They’re as light as they are versatile and as functional as they are fashion-forward: meet the fishnet bags taking centrestage this summer.

You might have retired yours to the backs of your wardrobes during lockdown when bags were truly just an accessory and could perform very little functional uses, but it’s the summer of love/hot girl summer/summer of freedom, and just like that, bags have been promoted to an essential item once more.

But forget your tan totes or your capacious carry-ons, for it’s a bag from yesteryear that’s taking centre stage this summer. Enter, the fishnet bag, which has been championed by Longchamp in the form of its newly-launched Le Pliage Filet string bag, vegan powerhouse Nanushka and Prada. For a family of bags that’s as light as it is versatile and as functional as it is fashion-forward, it’s no small feat for practically minded, yet sartorially conscious, people that the fishnet bag is back.  

There’s a new kid on the fishnet bag block too, in the form of Petit Kouraj, Browns Fashion’s newly-stocked brand. Translating to “little courage” in Haitian Creole, the brand, which was founded in 2019 by former stylist Jean-Baptiste Nasrin, crafts its string totes in collaboration with DOT Haiti, an organisation that protects the culture of community by economically empowering Haitian artisans. 

“I wanted to create a brand that offered a sense of identity; meaningful, yet luxurious and fun,” Nasrin tells Stylist. “The fringe bags are very versatile, as they make a statement while being casual and they have an innate femininity about them so I really enjoy wearing them with something a little more masculine.”

The best part about this summer’s love-in with fishnet totes is they’re roomy enough for all of your newly-established essentials (face mask, hand sanitiser et al), with room still to boot. There’s just something about the string – these are the best to buy now.   

  • Petit Kouraj Daye pink and orange fringed net tote bag

    Petit Kouraj Daye pink and orange fringed net tote bag
    Petit Kouraj Daye pink and orange fringed net tote bag

    Each strand of fringe is individually sewn 342 times in each of Petit Kouraj’s bags, which means that they take 8-12 hours to make, so it’s little wonder that they’re created in limited runs. The brand’s collaboration with Browns Fashion has reimagined its fringe-adorned string bags in a multitude of hues, from fiery oranges to punchy pinks.

    Shop Petit Kouraj Daye pink and orange fringed net tote bag at Browns Fashion, £245

  • Longchamp Le Pliage Filet top handle bag

    Longchamp Le Pliage Filet top handle bag
    Longchamp Le Pliage Filet top handle bag

    Endorsed by a slew of starry influencers, Longchamp’s take on the fishnet bag is available in a clutch of summer-ready colours, with everything from minimalistic white to striking scarlet.

    Shop Longchamp Le Pliage Filet top handle bag, £70

  • House of Holland string bag

    House of Holland string bag
    House of Holland string bag

    Purse-friendly and crafted in bright blue, this string bag from House of Holland is the perfect way to embrace bursts of juicy shades this summer, especially for those who are typically colour averse. 

    Shop House of Holland string bag at Asos, £38

  • Charknots macramé market bag

    Charknots macramé market bag
    Charknots macramé market bag

    Available in a quartet of earthy hues – teal, dusty pink, mustard and sage green – these macramé bags, which are made in Sheffield, are crafted from 100% recycled cotton. Carrying your weekly shopping home has never looked so good.

    Shop Charknots macramé market bag at The Drop, £29.50

  • Prada string small tasseled satin and macramé tote

    Prada string small tasseled satin and macramé tote
    Prada string small tasseled satin and macramé tote

    The fashion set can’t get enough of Prada’s macramé bags and when they look this good, it’s not hard to see why. Here’s one to wear with anything to any occasion.

    Shop Prada string small tasseled satin and macramé tote at Net-a-Porter, £990

  • Ganni large fishnet tote

    Ganni large fishnet tote
    Ganni large fishnet tote

    Known for its Scandi sensibility, Ganni’s bags are consistently stylish as well as straightforward, no nonsense and fashion-forward. It’s this fishnet bag that’s whet our appetite; perfect for picnics, park strolls and pub jaunts.

    Shop Ganni large fishnet tote at FarFetch, £296

  • M Missoni metallic macramé tote bag

    M Missoni metallic macramé tote bag
    M Missoni metallic macramé tote bag

    For anybody who’s not afraid of embracing colour, look to M Missoni’s glittering gold fishnet bag which is as bright as it is bold. Clash with as many summer-ready colours as you can for a seriously fun ensemble.

    Shop M Missoni metallic macramé tote bag at The Outnet, £221

  • Marks & Spencer cotton rich macramé hobo bag

    Marks & Spencer cotton rich macramé hobo bag
    Marks & Spencer cotton rich macramé hobo bag

    This terracotta-toned bag would make a perfect plus one to an all-white outfit and a sun-kissed glow. Don’t believe us? Just try it for yourself.

    Shop Marks & Spencer cotton rich macramé hobo bag, £25

  • The Knotty Ones crochet tote bag

    The Knotty Ones crochet tote bag
    The Knotty Ones crochet tote bag

    Offered in a duo of colours, this boxy-shaped fishnet bag is the best choice for somebody who eschews too many bright shades in their wardrobes. 

    Shop The Knotty Ones crochet tote bag, £33

  • Sass & Belle string shopping bag

    Sass & Belle string shopping bag
    Sass & Belle string shopping bag

    Perfect for nipping to the corner shop to get a few essentials, this zesty lime green string bag is a seriously wondrous offering. 

    Shop Sass & Belle string shopping bag, £6

  • Nanushka Naiya macramé bag

    Nanushka Naiya macramé bag
    Nanushka Naiya macramé bag

    Nanushka’s vegan leather Naiya bag is among the most searched-ford fishnet bags, according to Lyst, and with its universally-appealing creamy colour, it’s not hard to see the appeal.

    Shop Nanushka Naiya macramé bag, £340

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