Minimal accessorizing is often required during summer–the lesser and lighter, the better. Other than statement shoes that can easily stand out in an ensemble, a statement bag can easily transform a summer get-up to a whole new level. Safe to say, bags and totes are outfit add-ons and accessories women should always have in their wardrobes. With bold colors, unique materials and out-of-ordinary shapes, there’s no end to the array of options we can choose from–especially right now that brands are going the extra mile to make their handbags stand out from the rest. We list our top six trending bags that’s sure to make a splash this summer.
The color yellow instantly screams summer and fun! Jacquemus Le Vanity round vanity bag is made from 100% calf leather to bring another rendition of his tiny-bag silhouette with a flip button fastening front flap. Aside from the use of leather, this cylindrical mini-bag is embellished with gold plated metal lettering that can be styled either across the body during day time and over the shoulder with its gold chain straps during the night time.
Inspired by artist Richard Serra’s sculpture assemblies of sheet metal, the Serra bucket bag’s statement geometric shapes with subtle pops of color gives your usual bucket bag a playful twist. The use of vegetable-tanned leather allows it to be structural yet lightweight–perfect for carefree exploration of the city during hot summer days. Though compact-looking from its exterior, the interior is spacious enough to hold all your daily essentials. A gold embossed “Feed Your Soul” is added on the bottom–the brand’s take on a motivational poster.
Esemble 302, Hing Yip Commercial Centre, 272-284 Des Voeux Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2543 4991, www.theesemble.com
Commonly known for their head turning, stunning red carpet looks, Jimmy Choo’s bags are just as amazing, perfect for a summer’s day al fresco dinner date. Sprinkled with flecks of pink glitter, this ‘Candy’ clutch is lined with rose-gold leather and has a slip pocket to hold your cards. The delicate shoulder strap can be tucked away easily and turned into a clutch and slipped out to wear over your shoulder.
Jimmy Choo Shop 2839, Level 2, Shoppes at Four Seasons, Cotai – Macau, +853 2899 9936, row.jimmychoo.com
Inspired by the concept of wearable art installation, as shown above, Cult Gaia’s latest bag design focuses on using materials that are not commonly used in bags. Made up of hard-edged decorative marble slabs, the Eos box bag features a beaded handle and comes in a boxy shape.
Cult Gaia T Galleria by DFS, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Cotai, Macau, +853 8791 8400, www.dfs.com/en/macau/brands/cult-gaia
Yves Saint Laurent
Fanny packs and belt bags alike have been dominating both the street and runway scenes for years now. With the rise of street style, brands like YSL, shows no signs of stopping this trend. Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s costumes for ’70s singer Sylvie Vartan, this ‘Marsupio’ style belt bag is made in Italy from silver-flecked black suede. It’s topped with the iconic YSL logo lettering and opens to a zipped compartment with handy card slots.
Yves Saint Laurent Shop G102 & 1062, Shops at The Promenade, Galaxy, Macau, +853 +853 2882 7168, www.ysl.com/hk
Created by Jingjing Fan in the city of lights, Parisian brand Elleme was founded on the principle that timeless simplicity, pure luxury and modern trend can be seamlessly mixed in a single, well-designed piece. Made in Paris, this yellow and white calf leather bag from Elleme features a top handle, gold-tone hardware, a top magnetic closure, a main internal compartment and stitching details–all designed with supreme sophistication and femininity in mind. Unlike other handbag brands, Elleme does not need a screaming logo on its exterior as its signature boxy shape is remarkable on its own. This handbag can be worn from day to night making it a perfect choice for this summer season.