An Ultimate Guide to the Most Luxurious Bags of Summer

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Trends come and go, but there’s something remarkable and almost infectious about finding the new “it bag” that you know will stand the test of time. Something luxurious, eye-catching, or with just the right amount of space to bring everything you need and then some. Chances are your closet is already filled with Speedys, Birkins and PS1s, but there’s definitely room for a few more. And this summer, trends tend toward natural textures, extremes like oversized and miniature silhouettes, woven fabrics and leathers, easy-to-carry clutches, and of course, the unending trend of the bucket bag. Depending on which styles catch your eye, it’s easy to choose some of the most luxurious, on-trend bags to add to your outfit this summer.

straw tote


Going Natural

Bohemian and natural fabrics are a summer staple, so it’s no surprise that beach-ready fabrics like raffia, wicker and straw were popular on the SS20 runway. Dolce & Gabbana, Celine, Valentino and Prada were just a few of the names outfitting their models with these warm-weather bags. But no one hit the mark like Fendi, who created a whole line of oversized totes, micro bags, bucket bags and even their iconic Baguette bag in raffia. But our pick for the summer? The Fendi Runaway Shopper—it’s huge, has Fendi’s signature F’s, and it’s perfect for the beach or a weekend away. 

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Playing With Proportions

Whether you love to carry everything but the kitchen sink or only need your favorite shade of lipstick, there is a new luxurious and stylish bag with your name on it. With over- and undersized silhouettes hitting the runway for SS20 there’s a charm in playing with proportions, and some of our favorite designers do it so well. For a touch of luxury in its tiniest form, we love the Micro Valentino Garavani Rockstud Spike Chain Bag in fluo calfskin—it combines the best of on-trend silhouettes and Valentino’s iconic Rockstud collection. Need something with more space? Grab Salvatore Ferragamo’s Ostrich Leather Hobo Bag. It will fit the house and then some.

pink purse


Woven Leatherwork

Leather bags can be found even in the most mundane of collections, but this season, it was elevated on the runway with woven and braided textures, bringing out the quality of the buttery material. Whether it’s added as a touch of character to a handle or strap, or the entire bag has been twisted into formation, these leather bags feel luscious, beautiful and showcase the quality of the brand’s craftsmanship. Try Prada’s Leather Tress Shoulder Bag in a fun, seasonal color (we love petal pink!).

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Bring Out the Bucket

Bucket bags have been going strong for years now, and if you don’t have at least have one in your closet, it’s time to grab one (or a couple) for your collection because they aren’t going anywhere. The 2020 version of this style is slightly slouchier and less structured, but no less a classic. We love Loewe’s new signature Balloon collection which reimagines the bag with on-trend raffia, unexpected fabrics and bold leather colors that are perfect for summer. Our must-have? The Balloon bag in raffia and calfskin, it combines the best of several seasonal trends and will be a summer staple in your closet for years. 

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Louis Vuitton

Buckles & Baubles

If you love a vintage-looking bag complete with golden buckles, clasps and metallic detailing—think Gucci’s iconic Horsebit 1955—then you’ll be pumped for this latest trend. Fall in love with these classic styles all over again, in a new way with updated, clean silhouettes and fun colors that don’t look anything like your grandmother’s bags. No one can go wrong with a Louis Vuitton piece, and this season, their new LV Point 9 Bag hits all the marks for classic styling, on-trend colors (check out the bright interior lining!) and the kind of iconic luxury that will last season after season. We love it in the storm blue, dahlia pink and summer gold.

Marissa Stempien

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