13 black-owned handbag brands to keep on your radar this year

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You can never have too many handbags – or at least that’s the motto I’m going for. Over the years, I have collected a multitude of bags of different sizes, shapes, colors and prices. Even the ultra-tiny micro bags that can barely hold my keys.

But as my collector hobby progressed, I started to really think about what it means to intentionally buy when it comes to accessories. Stepping out into the world with a pretty handbag in hand builds confidence, but when it also comes from a black designer whose values ​​match mine, something as mundane as a trip to the grocery store becomes a deeply personal experience.

My dive into finding Black-owned bags started with well-known brands like Telfar and Brandon Blackwood, and expanded as I became more familiar with other designers. These findings were largely due to following Instagram accounts dedicated to sharing black-owned businesses and brands, such as @blackownedeverything, @betonblackowned and @ 15pourcentpledge.

Black representation in fashion remains a area with possibility of improvement for the industry – especially in the handbag realm – but in the meantime there is always room to celebrate and embrace black designers who To do to exist. These designers are experimenting with different textures and silhouettes and making their bags accessible either through their own websites or through big retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Many black designers also use their platforms to share thoughtful messages, advocate for social justice issues, and give back to their communities, and several are included in the non-exhaustive list below.

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Vavvoune Riya

Smooth Italian leather was used to make this square crossbody bag designed by Brooklyn founder and designer Valerie Blaise Vavvoune. It features an asymmetric side curve and a 13-14 inch removable strap. Magnetic snap closure keeps all of your belongings secure.

Get it from Nordstrom for $ 269.50.

AAKS Delma

A quality tote bag belongs to every bag collection and this one from Akosua Afriyie-Kumi’s AAKS is handcrafted from colorful woven raffia in Ghana. It has leather handles, an inside pocket and a drawstring closure.

Get it from Made Trade for $ 231.

Mateo diana

As the son of a dressmaker, Matthew Harris’s close relationship with fashion is reflected in his brand. Mateo, which first stood out for its fine jewelry collections. The brand has expanded to include a collection of bags, including the Diana tote. The croc-effect bag features two top handles, a removable shoulder strap and metal feet so it never has to touch the floor.

Get it at Farfetch for $ 341.

EDAS

Sade Mims, the lead designer and founder of EDAS, EDAS bags described like “eclectic”, and the eye-catching appearance of this Yshaia bag is just that. Made with distressed leather on the outside and cotton lining on the inside, this mini bag features rounded edges and a unique oversized buckle on the shoulder strap.

Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue for $ 275.

Ashya

Founded in 2017 by Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece, based in New York Ashya offers multifunctional travel accessories that aim to “diversify cultural perspectives through widely studied narratives and design”. This Bolo bag is hand sewn and made with vegetable tanned cowhide leather and custom 14k gold plated hardware. The styling options are limitless, as you can wear it around the neck or waist, or as a crossbody or mini backpack.

Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue for $ 395.

Shekudo

Akudo Iheakanwa is the sole Creative Director of Shekudo, a sustainable footwear and accessories brand that manufactures all of its products in Lagos, Nigeria, by local artisans and craftspeople. The Maitama Moon bag measures 13 inches in diameter and is inspired by traditional round raffia bags in Ghana.

Get it at Folklore for $ 275.

Anima Iris

Wilglory Tanjong, the founder of Anima Iris, draws its inspiration for its bags from the history and cultures of Africa. Each bag is handcrafted by artisans in Dakar, Senegal, including this Zaza croc embossed top handle bag with magnetic closure. It is available in Keri, Berry and Dahlia colors.

Get it from Revolve for $ 350.

Joel lani

Under the creative direction of Adetoun Ajeigbe, Joel lani offers handmade leather accessories produced in Lagos, Nigeria by local artisans. The small Anika bag features a printed pattern inspired by snakeskin. It comes with a removable leather strap in addition to the integrated leather top handle.

Get it at Folklore for $ 205.

Max + Min

For a stylish micro bag, check out the Tiarra Smallwood brand Max + Min. The Meru Multifunctional Mini Bag works as a clutch, shoulder bag, belt bag and crossbody bag. It comes with a removable shoulder strap and a removable top handle. Like the name of the projects, Smallwood’s inspiration behind each bag is to “create for the lover of minimalist fashion while keeping maximum attention to detail,” according to the brand website.

Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue for $ 298.

Brandon blackwood

Brandon blackwoodUnique’s bags have grown in popularity following the release of their ‘End Systematic Racism’ mini tote bags in 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. Since then, many celebrities have sported his trunks, tote bags, wallets, down jackets and shoulder bags. This crescent shaped Syl tote has a real pony hair exterior and features a zipper closure.

Get it at Bloomingdale for $ 170
and see more Brandon Blackwood bags in Nordstrom or on the brand website.

Money and Riley

This luminous cylinder-shaped bag Money and Riley can be worn in several ways, in particular as a tote with the top handle, on the shoulder or across the body thanks to its removable and adjustable shoulder strap. It’s handcrafted in Turkey, which Silver and Riley founder and world traveler Lola Banjo chose because of her reputation for quality craftsmanship.

Get it at Silver and Riley for $ 395.

Year of homage

According to the product page, the Homage Year Vegan Leather Intuitive Ova Bag is “for those who need the extra help trusting that deep intuitive feeling that we all have, but tend to ignore.” . Homage Year was founded in 2014 by Antoine Manning, originally from the Bronx and resident of Atlanta, after the death of his father. Each bag is intentionally designed, including the colors, which each represent different virtues.

Get it at Homage Year for $ 275.

Hogoè Kpessou

Hogoè Kpessou launched his eponymous bag brand in 2020, his designs inspired by his West African roots. This demure shoulder bag is made of leather and includes a top zip closure and a removable leather shoulder strap.

Get it at Hogoè Kpessou for $ 225.

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