The Independent Bag Brands Worth Knowing
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Ukrainian brand Bagllet makes bags that combine timeless simplicity with contemporary shapes, and are in equal parts chic and practical. With a range of styles available in colours from blush pink to rich burgundy, there's something for everyone. This season, the brand has been inspired by feelings of freedom and the ability to move forward without limitations. Each style is numbered so look out for the likes of the B118 tote and the BG125 90s shoulder style, with details like adjustable straps and a small outer pocket.
Founded by Amanda Navaian in 2020, Mārīcī offers contemporary, luxury bags hand-crafted in Italy. The plant-based accessories brand uses completely sustainable fabrics – like Pinatex (pineapple leather) and luxurious peace silk – to create modern styles in beautiful colourways. Plus, each bag is numbered and signed by the artisan who created it, helping connect buyers to the origin and maker of the piece.
Founded in 2017, British-based The Uniform offers simple, sleek silhouettes in luxury grain leather and classic colours. The aesthetic is luxurious and effortless, with all the designs in the collection intended to be worn day and night. Amid the clean shapes and modern designs, you will find some iconic styles like the Duo, the Bucket and the Saddle.
New York-based Advene is known for its functional designs and simple aesthetic. Offering high-quality leather pieces defined by a neutral colour palette and a clean aesthetic, it champions sophistication and polish. Everything is made by hand in a carbon-neutral facility in Venice using 100% traceable Italian leather, and the pieces are available to buy at Selfridges.
Aesther Ekme's minimalist bags – which are elegant and thoughtfully constructed – have been quietly gaining a loyal following. Functionality sits at the core of the brand, which explains why it pushes the boundaries of classic shapes to adapt them to modern life. Alongside the sculptural silhouettes and quality craftsmanship, the brand also takes a responsible approach by working with certified tanneries that promote and develop eco-friendly environmental practices.
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