This Is The Bag You’ll See Everyone Carrying This Spring/Summer

By Charlie Colville

3 weeks ago

Raffia is the must-have material of the season

When it comes to choosing your accessories for the warmer months, you can’t go wrong with a seasonal raffia bag. A straw-like, hand-woven bag made from the natural fibres of the raffia palm tree, raffia bags feature a bohemian-chic aesthetic and they come in a variety of styles, including totes, clutches and crossbody bags. Whatever your preference, these bags are made for summer – days at the beach, afternoons in beer gardens and nights making the most of the waning sun – and will soon become your arm candy of choice for every occasion this season.

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The Most Stylish Raffia Bags For Spring/Summer

The Classic Tote

When we think of raffia, the first bag that comes to mind is a good tote. This diverse staple piece looks just as at home pulled through the city as it does piled up with your towel and sandals on the beach. It’s also the ultimate ‘everything bag’; you can put everything you need in it for the day, throw it over your shoulder and get out the door in seconds.

Prada tote


Crochet Raffia Tote, £1,380

Check tote


Checkerboard Raffia Tote Bag, £309


The Semi-Formal Clutch


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For those summery occasions that call for more than swimwear and shorts, you’ll want a raffia clutch. Simply team yours up with a flowing maxi dress or jumpsuit– along with some dressy heels – and you’re good to go. This is a bag we can see becoming a seasonal staple for the summer social season.

Close up of hand holding clutch raffia bag


Delilah Raffia Ruches Clutch, rent from £16.56

Clutch bag

LK Bennett

Dove Straw Envelope Clutch, £89


The City Raffia

Not a beach fan? Your raffia will look just as good in the city – filled with flowers from the market, tucked under an arm at the coffee shop or slung over your shoulder at the park. Without the beach, you also have lots more room to experiment with the shape and style of your raffia bag; think oversized geometrics, leather-clad handbags, chain straps and teeny tiny basket bags.

Round bag


Raffia Round Bag, £257.25

Raffia handbag


Drew Shoulder Bag, £580


The Beach Bag


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And then there’s the classic beach bag. With this style of raffia, you want a balance of utility and style – a little waterproofing, a lightweight design and plenty of room for your towel and sun cream. We’d go down the tote route when it comes to choosing a style of bag, but anything maxi and oversized is generally a winner.

Beach bag

Aspinal of London

Henley Raffia Tote Bag, £450

Raffia beach bag

Loeffler Randall

Cyrus Ruffled Raffia Tote, rent from £25.76


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