20 Black-Owned Brands Nailing Every Handbag Trend
Fashion enthusiasts are always looking out for new trends, whether through Fashion Week shows, street style looks from their favorite editors, or recommendations from their favorite influencers, but accessories are often overlooked for apparel.
But alas, handbags have risen to the forefront to shine over the last few years, hitting every extreme as far as trends go, from the super mini, to the extra grande; from the utmost minimalistic to a display of maximum detail. Perhaps the best part about handbag shopping is that, in a fashion industry that so often feels exclusive to a certain body type, handbags are the one-size-fits-all option with endless opportunities. Even still, it’s no secret that the fashion industry as a business is just as selective, often withholding widespread recognition from Black designers and instead handing praise to European designers. Thankfully, industry insiders are finally having long overdue conversations around Black creative representation and visibility — one of the many effects of the global outcry for equality and justice in response to devastating losses of innocent Black lives at the hands of police, often fueled by white supremacy.
As far as quality and trendy handbags go, Black designers and brand owners have hit the nail on the head. Brands like BruceGlen offer bold, hardware-centric bucket bags, while lines like AAKS is the ultimate destination for all things rafia. Meanwhile, staple names in Black fashion like Off-White and Brother Vellies offer their unique interpretations of the must-have accessory alongside some of their most popular streetwear, apparel and footwear collections.