The very best Spring/Summer 2021 handbags to buy right now

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·3-min read

For the past runway seasons, we have seen handbags shrink to the size of a cardholder (where do we place our smartphones!) while making fashion headlines everywhere.

Luckily for practical women like us, bigger bags from the '90s are making their way back into our wardrobe. Think saddle bags to shoulder candies that pack more than just a lipstick and some spare coins; some of these include reiterations on archive designs.

By Far went all out with their 'Rachel' bag as a tribute to the Friends character and Prada also brought back their Prada nylon bags. Not only that, brands are beginning to think of sustainable ways to incorporate excess materials into their collection.

Louis Vuitton Coussin bag

The pillowy Coussin is made from soft lambskin and consists of multiple quilted compartments to protect one’s most precious belongings.

Louis Vuitton Coussin. (PHOTO: Louis Vuitton)
Louis Vuitton Coussin. (PHOTO: Louis Vuitton)

Dior Caro Bag

The Caro bag is recognisable for its supple leather adorned with the emblematic cannage motif and its oversized “CD” clasp.

Angelababy with the Dior Caro bag. (PHOTO: Dior)
Angelababy with the Dior Caro bag. (PHOTO: Dior)

Bvlgari Serpenti Forever

The emblematic snakehead stud closure design returns with an iconic thick chain, which has become a running theme throughout its leather accessories collection.

Bvlgari Forever Serpenti. (PHOTO: Bvlgari)
Bvlgari Forever Serpenti. (PHOTO: Bvlgari)

Prada Cleo bag

The Prada Cleo bag comes in its sleek, iconic shape, with the triangle logo as the protagonist of the Prada Symbole silver jewellery collection, which reinterprets punk influences in a contemporary way.

Prada Cleo Bag. (PHOTO: Prada)
Prada Cleo Bag. (PHOTO: Prada)

Celine Lunch Box Bag in wicker and calf leather

This is a cute keeper for so many reasons.

Celine Lunch Box Bag in wicker and calf leather. (PHOTO: Celine)
Celine Lunch Box Bag in wicker and calf leather. (PHOTO: Celine)

Versace La Medusa Medium Handbag

The La Medusa comes in an array of vibrant and bold shades, exuding positivity and exuberance through the playful use of vibrant hues.

Versace La Medusa bag. (PHOTO: Versace)
Versace La Medusa bag. (PHOTO: Versace)

Tod's Oboe bag

The Oboe bag is the new version of the hobo with a soft profile.

Tod's Oboe bag. (PHOTO: Tod's)
Tod's Oboe bag. (PHOTO: Tod's)

Coach Ergo Shoulder Bag with Weaving

Emphasising the house’s commitment to a more environmentally responsible approach to fashion, the Spring 2021 collection introduces bags crafted to last from vegetable-tanned, naturally-dyed leather alongside totes made completely of recycled materials.

Coach Ergo Shoulder Bag with Weaving. (PHOTO: Coach)
Coach Ergo Shoulder Bag with Weaving. (PHOTO: Coach)

Longchamp Filet Le Pliage

This hybrid design is available in six colours, adopts the large mesh of the string shopping bag and is adorned with the Russian leather handles and flap of the Le Pliage bag.

Longchamp Filet Le Pliage. (PHOTO: Longchamp)
Longchamp Filet Le Pliage. (PHOTO: Longchamp)

Loro Piana My Way P Bag

This soft suede and calfskin bag is part of Loro Piana's collection inspired by the muted tones of springtime.

Loro Piana My Way bag. (PHOTO: Loro Piana)
Loro Piana My Way bag. (PHOTO: Loro Piana)

Kate Spade Locket Large Flag bag

A few things you should know about the Locket: the chain strap can be doubled or worn long as a crossbody, its pebbled leather gets better over time and the sides expand so you can fit all your things.

Kate Spade Locket flap bag. (PHOTO: Kate Spade)
Kate Spade Locket flap bag. (PHOTO: Kate Spade)

Tory Burch Eleanor Shoulder Bag

This season, Tory introduces the new T Monogram, a classic allover Double T logo pattern as seen on the Eleanor shoulder bag.

Tory Burch Eleanor shoulder bag. (PHOTO: Tory Burch)
Tory Burch Eleanor shoulder bag. (PHOTO: Tory Burch)

Furla Miss Mimi

The Furla Miss Mimi crossbody bag is characterised by its distinctive details matched and embellished with a small upside-down arch metal chain.

Furla Miss Mimi. (PHOTO: Furla)
Furla Miss Mimi. (PHOTO: Furla)

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