With 2021 trudging along the way it is, our fashion choices can and should be intentional. A handbag can be our most prized possession, a piece of art, or the everyday tote you rely on more than your BFF. The things we carry hold weight, both literally and emotionally, so make it a priority to diversify your closet. Black people matter and so do the businesses they own. We’ve rounded up 30 Black-owned handbag brands to know, support, and love. From fashion-industry favorites like Brother Vellies to indie brands you should be paying attention to, click through our gallery and remember to #BuyBlack.
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We’ve sung the praises of Matthew Harris’ jewelry line Mateo before, but his expansion into handbags is not to be missed. His bags follow the same minimalist through-line of his architecturally-inspired jewelry in the form of embossed croc totes and ladylike box bags. SHOP NOW
“Like the palm oil reds of Cameroon’s traditional Bamileke cloth, or the notable geometric shapes of Ghana’s kente, Africa’s bold history is reflected in the molds of our pieces,” Amina Iris’ landing page states. Handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal by seasoned craftsmen, this handbag line is the brainchild of designer Wilglory. Expect the unexpected with hexagon shapes, limited-edition metallic leathers, and more. If that’s not enough, you can even customize a bag to suit your tastes.SHOP NOW
Fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste created Petit Kouraj—Haitian Creole for “little courage”—and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the burgeoning brand. The designer was born in London, raised by Haitian parents, and is currently based in Brooklyn, so her design sensibility pulls from all of these cities and beyond. Think elevated mesh bags, dipped in natural dyes and embellished with seashells. SHOP NOW
Luxe doesn’t even begin to describe Yvonne Koné’s aesthetic. Her supple leather goods are made in Italy, inspired by Danish minimalism, and infused with colors sourced from her Ivory Coast lineage. Bonus point: Her Instagram also doubles as a serious source for interior design inspiration. SHOP…