Raffia handbags that will add effortless sophistication to your outfit in the city and on the shore.
Since appearing first on the Spring Summer 2018 catwalks the basket bag has garnered cult-like wait lists (Loewe’s chic raffia and leather style had a wait list of over 1,000 ahead of its launch). It’s quickly become a staple wardrobe item for those looking for a more playful summer handbag, and while it might not be ideal for the office, it’s much more versatile than you might think.
Larger styles look great with tonal biscuit, cream and camel linen tailoring or cotton separates for an effortless daytime uniform. Mix up your fabrics by wearing raffia accessories with luxe fabrics like leather and silk. Structured, smaller bag styles look great with printed midi-dresses, short-sleeved leather shirts with washed-out denim jeans or longline skirts, while quirky shapes work best with pretty pastel pieces or pops of neon.
The perfect partner for everything from casual weekend wear to smart occasionwear; all hail the straw bag.
LOEWE + Paula's Ibiza large leather-trimmed woven raffia tote
Loewe led the resurgence of the straw bags last summer and continues to dominate this season. The original design is updated with a brighter, orange logo-embossed patch as part of a collaboration with Paula’s boutique. This style is the ultimate beach bag, large enough to hold everything you’ll need for a trip to the shore.
Large basket bag with leather straps, £325, Loewe (net-a-porter.com)
Loeffler Randall Louise wicker and polka-dot canvas tote
The perfect shape and style for everything from weekend picnics in the park to evenings on holiday paired with a midi dress and flat leather sandals, this structured wicker bag from Loeffler Randall is top of our summer wish-list.
Dragon Diffusion woven leather bag
Is it a tote or a basket? Dragon Diffusion’s Nantucket bag is the perfect blend of both, meaning this is an ideal choice to wear with light trousers and crisp white T-shirts in the city.
Nantucket woven leather bag, £378, Dragon Diffusion
Reserved raffia tote
This statement-making roomy raffia tote with fringed edges is great for the beach and back in the UK perfect for weekends milling around markets too.
Cult Gaia Millie rattan bag
Handcrafted by artisans in Brazil, Cult Gaia’s spherical Millie bag offers a modern twist on the classic basket bag. It’s also lined in a cotton with a pretty floral print by Brazilian artist Lane Marinho, ensuring it makes a statement when it’s both open and closed.
Zara Bonjour basket bag
Technically a Zara Kids bag, this cute and compact basket bag is giving us serious Provence vibes. With a woven lining that has a drawstring closure to keep valuables safe, this quaint little basket bag is big enough to store the day’s essentials. Wear it with a full skirt and cotton t-shirt for effortless weekend chic.
Dune Dathryn tan rattan basket bag
The ultimate everyday style, this spacious rattan style is sturdy with plenty of space for your daily essentials. Wear it with a linen tailoring for the office and a loose cotton dress for sun-soaked city breaks.
Opening image: Stella McCartney handbag by David Vail
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