If you’re anything like me, you likely gravitate toward bags made of leather. But that’s not to say other materials (suede, beads, wicker, nylon, and fabric) don’t catch our eye every now and then.
Does that mean we’d spend a small fortune adding a cloth bag to our collection? I vote no, but no judgement either way. For me, leather is a lot more practical. It wears better and is easier to take care of. Just think: one accidental spill of wine on a fabric or tweed bag, and you’re done.
Anyway, as we approach the dead of summer, I’ve noticed more and more designers unveil new and exciting purse styles where fabric and cloth materials take center stage. The irony is the prices are just as high (sigh), even though said bags are missing the crucial component of leather, which is usually to blame for a purse’s high mark-up.
Nevertheless, they’re still fun to look at. Browsing without any intention of purchasing is therapeutic, and these 13 bags surely don’t disappoint. While you won’t see me drop nearly $4,000 on a tweed Chanel or $2,000 on a YSL denim crossbody, it doesn’t hurt to glance around at this season’s latest and greatest.
If you *had* to buy one, which would you pick? I’d default to the Chanel, only because I think the Gabrielle has enough staying power to become a classic.
Kooreloo New Yorker Soho Woven Front-Flap Top Handle Bag ($425)
Saint Laurent Cross Body Folk ($2,425)
Chanel’s Gabrielle Small Hobo Bag Tweed, Calfskin, Gold-Tone & Silver-Tone Metal ($3,900)
Wandler Hortensia Mini Zebra Top Handle Bag ($1,115)
Akris Ai Medium Painted Colorblock Shoulder Bag ($1,490)
Etro Chatelaine Evening Pouch Bag ($1,290)
Saint Laurent Monogram Lou Medium Denim Crossbody Bag ($1,950)
Fendi Roma Amor Fabric Baguette Bag ($7,200)
Gucci Jackie Hobo Medium Floral-Print Canvas and Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag ($1,980)
Isla Embroidered Shoulder Bag ($502)
Stella McCartney Monogram Canvas Bucket Bag ($437)
Fendi Double F Multicolor Suede and Satin Bag ($2,790)
Etro Patterned Embroidered Shoulder Bag ($2,315)