1 || IMAGO-A
IMAGO-A is a must-know label by founder and creative director, Yegang Yoo. Minimalist bags with a whimsical, ladylike spirit. Launched in 2013, IMAGO-A’s famous for its geometric and sculptural yet functional shapes. Takes you from day-to-night, IMAGO-A has an affordable price range than a lot of what you see in luxury designer leather goods.
2 || L’Afshar
Talk about the perfect modern evening bag. Lilian Afshar founded her Dubai-based handbag label, L’Afshar in 2014. With sleek box silhouettes in unexpected textures and materials as her signature. Adding a chain and handle to L’Afshar’s clutches is what became their signature look. Celeb fans? Already counting Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Queen Rania of Jordan.
3 || Ashya
Ashya’s designs are strongly fitting under the ’19 trends umbrella. Utilitarian function with sublime craftsmanship. Ashley Cimone, founder and designer of the Brooklyn-based label, ASHYA established the brand in 2017 after a trip to India. Cimone and her co-founder Moya Annece create sleek, no-frills belt bags. Produced by a small metalsmith company in New York City’s fashion district, Ashya’s assortment ranges from neutral, multi-pocketed silhouettes to smaller, geometric shapes in bouncy colors.
4 || TL-180
Founded by Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzzi in 2012, TL180 is a line of distinctively-shaped handbags boasting artisanal Italian craftsmanship. Designed with the intention to make women feel confident, natural, and effortless. TL180’s approach is different, by avoiding the concept of fast fashion as it isn’t smart in the long term. Always thinking about modern women with a sensibility for timeless and special pieces. What’s more, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Lea Seydoux have carried TL180 bags — yet another reason to get the brand on your radar.
5 || Alfeya Valrina
Alfeya Valrina founded her namesake label in 2018. The Jakarta-based designer is dedicated to promoting fair labor practices in her native country by using locally-sourced materials and implementing zero-waste production processes for her products. The traditional Indonesian baskets are based on shape. Their strong silhouettes in bold colors have minimal hardware. Alfeya Valrina bags were carried by a slew of editors, stylists, and influencers on the New York Fashion Week street style scene — a clear indicator that cult status is imminent.
6 || Peju Obasa
Peju Obasa is a womenswear knitwear designer based in London. Rich in color and texture, Peju Obasa striking fanny packs embrace printing /dyeing and tenacious knitting techniques to create innovative pieces. Nigerian roots are strongly apparent and means that she is continually exploring old traditions and then turning them into the unexpected. Starting from a strand of yarn and ending with beautiful handmade piece. Peju Obasa’s bags start at around $169.
7 || Pop & Suki
BFFs Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie banded together to create Pop & Suki, a playful accessories brand where customization is key. You can play around with the color of each piece, switch around the straps, and add monograms to almost everything on offer. Celebrity fans include Priyanka Chopra and Jessica Alba.