As 2020 comes to a close, we’re seeing that the newest handbag brands are changing the game. Up-and-coming designers have diverse backstories on how they founded their bag brands with a common regard on craftsmanship, materials, and accessibility. Quality and artistry aren’t just limited to the classic Birkins and Speedys anymore. Emerging handbag brands are thinking outside the box—quite literally, from semi-circles to croissants (yes, like the pastry). The best new handbags of 2020 throw out all the rules— from oversized totes to teeny-tiny handbags just enough to fit lipstick and a few Tic Tacs. Ahead, see the 11 top designers to keep on your radar.
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After quitting their day job, wife and husband Aude Jan and Charles Gout moved from Paris to vibrant and hip Mexico City, where they launched their handbag and accessories brand Audette. Beautifully constructed, Audette bags reflect minimal shapes and refreshing colors of the culture of Mexico City. It fuses a French design team with Mexican leatherworkers and Italian leathers. This semicircle bag adds an understated, modern touch to your everyday attire while being versatile with an adjustable strap to wear cross-body or at shoulder-length.
Large Oil Canvas Shopper Tote Bag
Kassl Editions began in Amsterdam in 2018 as a sustainable outerwear brand, sourcing dead-stock fabrics from factories and combining luxury with technicality. Their sophisticated coats were a success, and now they launched an equally cool bag collection made with the same environmentally conscious materials. This puffy bag reflects their outerwear roots and feels like carrying a large, chic, pillow around that can fit everything but the kitchen sink.
Mini Pump Croc-Effect Leather Top Handle Bag
Named after the stylish character played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the ‘90s thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley, Marge Sherwood is the latest trendy bag brand of 2020….