The warmer months certainly have people peeling off their many layers of black, grey and brown layers. There’s a way to temporarily retire your trusty winter handbag for the new season—without resorting to the overused spring colors and feminine florals that seem to return with greater vengeance each year. Here, we’ve picked our favorite bags in strong geometric shapes and subdued hues—so you can go bold for spring, but forgo the frou-frou.
This structured bag, called I Got Rhythm (£488) from slow fashion label Lautēm was created with modernist design in mind. Made in Spain by artisanal hands, its bright blue lining peeks out, giving the subtle buttery calf leather bag a little extra flair.
The saccharine cotton candy hue is toughened up just enough with New York-based Kara’s Pink Backpack ($420) subtle boxy design. With a pebble leather outer and fabric lining, this backpack is a great companion for outdoor picnics or concerts in the park that turn into all-night affairs.
Brand new Melbourne-based label Du Zen! has already delighted us with their pastel backpacks, but another great pick for the warmer months is their natural leather Compadre bag ($275), just the right size for a few spring essentials (say bye-bye to your gloves and beanie). Our pick is the blue suede and oxblood iteration, which contrasts both colors and fabrics in a way that’s bold but balanced.
Made from 100% calf leather—inside and out—this luxurious M2Malletier AMOR/FATI bag is a classic design for the Barcelona label, but the Cloud colorway is brand new for the 2015 spring season. The light seafoam green hue is ideal for daytime, but its silver hardware and edgy, architectural shape also means it can be a stunning evening bag too.
& Other Stories
This fold-over flap Graphic Leather Bag ($120) from Stockholm-based & Other Stories (one of H&M’s spinoff brands) is made playful with clashing patterns. The contrasting shapes and colors—pale pink stripes, blue panels, black speckles—make this bag busy and just the right amount of garish, and thus: it matches everything.
Having just launched this past February, Verbreuil Paris offers an impressive, small debut collection of structured handbags and clutches. Our pick for spring is La Gare in dramatic green python, which boasts slim, strong handles but can also slung over the shoulder. It’s a refined and sophisticated design that turns spirited with unexpected material and color.
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