Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Summer is approaching and that means it’s time to dust off those raffia and straw bags and team them with your favorite wafty dress, kaftan or beach coverup. If you’re wanting to stock up, here’s an edit of the best natural fiber bags that’ll see to the airport and through to the beach bar.

Lunano Coral Raffia Tote Bag by ATP ATELIER: Handmade in Italy, this is the best way to carry around your towel, books and accessories. Here raffia, which is made from the leaves on the Palmyra palm (a tree native to Madagascar) is met with coral-colored leather for the handles, trim and front patch. Team with the matching sliders or platform sandals.


Cloud Mini Gathered Raffia Clutch by Mansur Gavriel: New York-based designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel this clutch-meets-shoulder bag has been designed to look fluffy like a cloud. It’s crafted from raffia and is finished with a gold-tone chain strap to carry it cross-body if you so desire.


Savannah Bay Mini Bamboo Bag by Heidi Klein: A sturdy and stylish number, this classic black raffia bag is mini in size (it’ll fit all the essentials), dons natural bamboo handles and is finished with a suede tassel trim. Just add a Klein cozzie.


Bon Bon Beaded Woven Raffia Bucket Bag by Jimmy Choo: Available in three shades, including this hue of blue Malibu, this handcrafted Italian-made bag combines the texture of raffia with smooth mooth calf leather, and pale gold hardware. There’s a top handle and an adjustable and detachable leather strap to wear on the shoulder or cross-body.


Morotai Vegan Tote Bag by Stelar: A nautical-inspired structured tote, simply team with a white kaftan and head to a beach bar. It’s hand-woven from natural atta grass, has yellow gold hardware, and is finished with white rope handles.


24/7 Raffia and Floral-Print Silk-Twill Shoulder Bag by LA DOUBLEJ: A raffia meets tropical floral print shoulder bag, this one by print-loving maximalists La DoubleJ hits the high notes for summer. Just throw over the shoulder and it’ll carry all your holiday essentials.


Love Rectangle Basket Bag by Dayesford Organic: A basket tote that just calls to St. Tropez, this one by Daylesford features “love” on the front, and is handwoven from palm leaves by artisans in Morocco.


Raffia Ruffle Phone Bag by Accessorize: A cute little pouch, the design features weaves of natural and candy pink and then there’s an easy cross-body strap. Ideal for your phone when you’re out and about.


Cross-Body Rafia Bag by Rae Feather: A simple bucket bag by British brand, Rae Feather, it’s made in Madagascar from handwoven raffia and can be finished with your initials for that extra special touch.

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