Are you on the hunt for a statement carrier that can double as a piece of wearable art? If so, braided leather bags might just be the next best thing your wardrobe needs. You can blame their desirability on the stratospheric rise of Bottega Veneta, whose signature intrecciato weave has captivated fashion girls worldwide.
Not only do these bags add texture and depth to an outfit, they also showcase craftsmanship, as the weaves and plaits are carefully made from strips of various leathers, including buffalo, calf, and plant-based synthetic materials.
While taut bags in brushed or pebbled leather contribute a polished, universally clean touch to an outfit, a braided leather bag will prove to be an idiosyncratic talking point. Yes, they may be an acquired taste, but these fun tactile bags will surely add zest to even the most workaday of outfits. If you need a starting point, check out the shopping list below!
10 Braided Leather Bags to Shop:
1. Bottega Veneta Jodie
One of the brand's frontrunners, the Jodie is a cute-as-a-button handbag that lends itself well to daily use. Given its casual scrunched-up shape, you won't have to fuss over keeping its edges intact. In addition to its irresistibly interesting knot detail, you'll be happy to know that the Jodie holds a 90% retention value, according to Rebag's 2021 Clair report. This means that the bag will only decrease in 10% of its retail value even after you use it, allowing a hefty resale price. There's a plus side to investing in hyper-trendy pieces, after all! (Plus, it comes in a dizzying array of fun colors!)
The Mini Jodie Tote Bag in Green, $2,382, (approximately P119,058.33), BOTTEGA VENETA, farfetch.com
2. & Other Stories Checkerboard Quilted Bag
Love the checkerboard (or chessboard, whichever you prefer) trend? Here's a pillowy bag from the H&M-owned brand & Other Stories that'll allow you to literally carry the fad wherever you go! It features a relaxed leather top handle, as well as a detachable strap for cross-body wear. Fans of the Y2K style trend would enjoy this piece.
Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag, P9,125, & OTHER STORIES, nordstrom.com
3. Hereu The Espiga
The Espiga bag by the Spanish brand Hereu will immediately shoot to the top of your wishlist. In lieu of a regular strap, it features a dainty crown braid detail made from supple lambskin, and lined with cotton canvas. The bag is handmade by artisans, and features a zip closure and pocket compartments to hold your small essentials. This is a dreamy bag that would perfectly complement all the pretty dresses in your closet.
Espiga Plaited Padded-Detail Shoulder Bag, €420, (approximately P23,764.52), HEREU, hereustudio.com
4. A.W.A.K.E. Mode The Elea
The Elea Braided Basket Bag by A.W.A.K.E Mode could not be more aptly named. It is literally a basket, complete with a long top handle and a round brim. While the taffy pink cushions resemble leather, they are actually made from a mix of polyurethane and cotton. Wear this with an all-white OOTD to give it the spotlight it deserves! But if you're not too keen on pink, you can always get the the bag in black or tan.
Elea Braided Basket Bag in Hot Pink, $683, (approximately P34,138), A.W.A.K.E. MODE, farfetch.com
5. Kara Cobra Tote
Not into excessively textured bags? No worries—test the waters by opting for a more subdued piece, like the Cobra Tote from Kara. The straightforward leather carryall features a super long strap that snakes onto either side of the bag. Cut from durable buffalo leather, the tote has a magnetic fastener and a zip pocket inside, making it ideal for fuss-free days. While it's a pretty subdued bag overall, the intriguing knot details pack a punch!
Cobra Tote, $239, (approximately P11,945.81), KARA, ssense.com
6. Loewe Surplus Leather Basket Bag
Leave it to Loewe to come up with fun geometric designs. In addition to their famous Puzzle Bag, they also have the Basket Bag, a useful, roomier carrier. This particular unit is woven from surplus leather straps from the brand's workshops, which would have otherwise been discarded. It's a good thing that the brand designed to launch sustainability efforts—in addition to being more environment-friendly, the output is delightful! They come in several other colorways, all of which have a candied theme.
Small Surplus Leather Woven Basket bag in Havana/Blue, P124,400, LOEWE, loewe.com
7. Furla Woven Clutch Bag
Gold-loving girls, here's a bag for you. This clam-shaped Furla clutch comes in interwoven leather, and features discreet gold-tone hardware. While this is a more petite bag, (it can hold a phone, a small cardholder, keys, and maybe a lipstick), it's an adaptable crossbody that you won't have any trouble styling. Wear it to shopping trips, weekend nights, and casual dinners.
Essential Woven Leather Clutch Bag in Pitch Black, $403, (approximately P20,142.95), FURLA, farfetch.com
8. Dragon Diffusion The Egola
Don't be fooled: This is not a rattan bag. Believe it or not, this fan-shaped tote from Dragon Diffusion is woven from tan buffalo leather. It is a faithful interpretation of a straw or bamboo bag, complete with an completely open top and a tightly-woven bottom, but enjoys the durability and long-lasting sheen of leather. Such a clever piece!
Egola Woven Leather Tote in Tan, $501.28, (approximately P25,074), DRAGON DIFFUSION, net-a-porter.com
9. Salvatore Ferragamo Studio Bag
Candy color schemes are very flattering on braided bags, and this spacious carryall from Salvatore Ferragamo is no exception. If you're looking for a zesty work bag, consider this unit. It's approximately 30 inches long, 11 inches tall, and 7 inches wide, which can fit a tablet, a slim planner or journal, a makeup kit, and chargers. And just like the Loewe bag, the weave is achieved with scrap calf leather strips retrieved from the cutting floor. With its vintage shape and updated colorway, this bag will definitely be your next office favorite.
Ferragamo Studio Bag (M), P279,000, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, trunc.ph
10. Stella McCartney Braided Strap Shoulder Bag
Stella McCartney is a proudly cruelty-free brand, and creates all their bags with faux leather. This black offerring combines the trendiness of the hobo bag shape with the moodiness of intricate plaiting. Its straps extend down the side of the bag, falling limpy to give off a modern deconstructed feel. The bag is also finished with gold-tone hardware, making it a good accessory for minimalist fashion girls who never step out without layering gold jewelry.
Braided-Strap Shoulder Bag in Black, $1,247, (approximately P62,328.19), STELLA MCCARTNEY, farfetch.com
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