Plastic, ocean-polluting straws are out, but there’s another kind of straw on the horizon and we’re here for it.
Yaaaassss, it is finally in! And by ‘in’ we mean in South African retailers. Yup, this hot summer trend we’ve been eyeing on fashion week streets since 2017 (via Pinterest obvz), is now finally available for us to add to our wardrobes. And trust us, these are the only bags you’ll be needing in the upcoming warmer seasons.
Straw/rattan/basket/wicker/woven/Bali bags – whatever you decide to call them – is bringing the heat to our Spring/Summer outfits. It’s a warm-weather staple reminding us of brunch dates, picnics in the park, market days, sunshine and slay-worthy Insta pics. 😉
It’s hard to scroll on Insta and not see one of these bags on the arms of international fashion bloggers and style influencers, so we investigated some of the coolest places where you can find them in South Africa. #youcanthankuslater
*Side note: there are soooo many shapes & styles available, but for this post we decided focus on the traditional round shape.
CarryAnn Bags, or as we like to call them: The Originals (nope, we’re not talking about vampires here). When we couldn’t find these bags in retail stores, CarryAnn and their team of South African weavers came to the rescue. Just a casual warning: they’re not exactly student-budget friendly (prices ranging from R895 – R1199), but if you’re all about supporting sustainable and local brands go check them out on Insta or their online shop at www.carryann.co.za.
If you’re looking for the latest trends or something simply fab, can we all just agree that Zara is the go-to place? And this season is no different. They’ve stocked up on all these beauts (priced from R659 – R959 but tbh, it’s difficult to choose just one right?!
Vir die Voëls, Pad Na Jou Hart, Stroomop… How oppit is your Afrikaans SA Celeb knowledge? Actresses Simoné Nortman and DonnaLee Roberts have been spotted wearing this season’s perfect accessory bag and now you can too. Along with their African jewellery, Fabrikate has a few collections of rattan bags that we (Capetonians) can order via email from R650. Find them at https://www.instagram.com/fabrikate_studio_sa.
‘From boho beach to party in the street’ as they describe themselves, this brand is basically any boho babe’s dream. And BONUS, they recently added new items to their accessory collection and yeah, you guessed it: these bags are featured for R750. Find all them boho vibes on their online store www.myscatteredheart.com.
Brand NEW! These ladies launched their online products on 5 September and it’s looking sweeeet ;). Their products are pretty and playful and easy(ier) on the pocket fo sho! Ranging from R400 – R480, catch all the Summer feels on their Insta at https://www.instagram.com/sweetpeachcpt.
Not only is Bronzed Basket is synonymous with baskets, scarves and Summer vibes, but when it comes to searching for an authentic, South African brand – Bronzed Basket is our go-to. Each bag is uniquely crafted by hand in a small village in Mpumalanga. The creator thoughtfully named the first batch of bags after African individuals who has had a positive influence in her life. So before your go right into shopping for these African treasures for R400 – R550 on www.bronzedbasket.com, stop by their ‘About’ page to read their sweet startup story.
Indo Lifestyle Co
Straight outta Bali: Indo Lifestyle Co gives you the very traditional, hand-woven Bali bag you’ve been looking for. Each bag is hand-woven with Ata – a vine indigenous to the volcanic foothills of the Bali Island – and takes up to one week to make by the local Indonesian artisans. With prices between R550 and R680, hurry on over to their Insta @indolifestyle.co for their limited edition bags! Whoohoo!
On Y Va
Eeeeek! Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, On Y Va comes along with their faaaab handbags in the prettiest shapes and styles. Once again, not student-budget friendly (R895 – R1500), but defs on our wish lists! On Y Va (a lil’ French saying meaning ‘on my way’/ ‘let’s go’) and in this case On Y Va to spend all my money on this at www.onyvashop.com.
Retailers to watch
Is it just us, or did MRP and Superbalist just low-key hint with these outfit posts that they might be stocking up on these bags soon? Idk, but we’re keeping our eyes (and wallets) open for some affordable and very hip options from them.
There you go fam, the inside scoop on where to get your hands on this Spring/Summer’s go-to accessory.
We’d love to see you SLAY this trend like the queen that you are, so go ahead and tag us in your TrendE pics!
*We do not own these images – it has been sourced from the respective Instagram accounts and websites.