On what was scheduled to be the first weekend post Brexit, where Britain waved its goodbyes to the rest of Europe, this ‘something for the weekend‘ is a celebration of Europe’s fabulous handbag designers. Despite the political struggles, the joy of the continent’s craftsmanship and quality of materials will always stand out. And in true SFTW style, here are the top finds on instagram this week – the European handbag designers that might not be front mind, but should be for SS19 inspiration.
From The Netherlands
From the designer Elza Wandler, the Wandler brand is based in the city of canals, Amsterdam. Whilst the Hortensia bag has been spotted on the arms of very fashionable women for the last year, it’s great to see how this popular bag has been given a new vibe for SS19. As the beige tone is rocking the spring wardrobes, I love how this wonderfully neutral bag is given side whip-stitching as an accent. The apple isn’t mandatory!
The brand Aigner Munich was the brainchild of Etienne Aigner who was born in Hungary. However, the business was established in Munich, south Germany in the mid ’60s. This brand continues to keep abreast of the trends and the revised bag shape of the 1990s, the baguette bag, has been given the modern makeover. Say hello to the Ivy bag. Personalised strap is optional
Based in Stockholm, Acne Studios is a fashion house founded by Jonny Johansson. The Musubi bag collection has been updated in SS19 colours – hues of lilac and lavender are popping up in stores, amongst the classic white and reds. It is the twisted knot motif on this bag, which takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese obi sash that is tied in a bow around the waist, that catches the eye. Even against green shag pile carpet!
The brand Elleme comes from combining from the French ‘Elle aime’ or ‘She loves’. Based in Paris, the founder Jingjing Fan produces crisp and clean lines in her accessories. The Tambour bag here in a neutral taupe colour will compliment both special occasion and casual outfits. Sometimes spotted on the trunk of a tree!
Ciao from Italy
Last but by no means least, Furla. An Italian brand that could be easily overshadowed by some of the big spending fashion houses from the same country, such as Gucci and Prada, the Furlanetto family has been bringing us gorgeous accessories since 1927. And whilst the Giore tote bag here is advertised as a bag for me, I love it. A morning espresso is mandatory!
There you have it, a celebration of European handbag designers, that might not come to mind straight away. These are my five favourite bags on instagram this week. So as we say goodbye to March, let’s hope we don’t say hello to a monumental break up and I don’t mean the one that INXS sang about!
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Thanks to Mihis Alex from Pexels for the header image.