Best new handbags for spring/summer 2019

Ellie Davis

Just in time for the summer, the latest must-have handbags have dropped.

And thanks to social media, we have recently been introduced to a wide range of brands which are just as covetable as the iconic designs of Chanel and Hermès. (Well, almost.)

Perennially chic, these investment pieces can update your everyday style in an instant. Forget that tatty tote well past its sell-by date, opt instead for one of these modern silhouettes; bags which deliver luxury form and function to your spring/summer 2019 wardrobe.

From teeny weeny minis and loud and proud shoulder bags, to the return of the 90s baguette-style, these it-bags epitomise understated luxury and can be carried everywhere from the office to the club.

Shop our favourites for less than £1,000.

Elleme Baguette - Mirror Burgundy

Parisian label Elleme has become a firm favourite in recent seasons. The brand name ‘Elle aime’ means ‘she loves’ in French, and what can we say except we certainly love their designs.

The extensive range taps into the biggest bag trends of SS19, from itsy-bitsy options, to larger shoulder bags. The pieces are made in Italy from butter soft leather and all feature the label's signature hand-stitched detailing.

A classic 90s baguette-style shoulder bag is the brand's latest silhouette. It features a removable strap, a magnetic flap closure and interior flat pocket, and is available in black, khaki green, burgundy, red and beige.

€370 | Elleme | Buy it now

DeMellier The Mini Oslo

Handcrafted in southern Spain, London-based luxury handbag label DeMellier boasts a collection of day and evening bags which has earned them royal approval. The brand's long list of royal clients includes Meghan Markle, Princess Beatrice of York, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Pippa Middleton, as well as A-listers Beyoncé, Emily Blunt and Lily Collins.

The beautifully-designed pieces are luxurious and high-quality, with one of the latest silhouettes, the petite shoulder bag Mini Oslo, made of calf leather with a smooth or croc effect, available in a range of colourways.

And the brand doesn't just focus on high-fashion products. It has also developed a charity initiative. For every bag purchased, DeMellier's ‘A Bag, A Life’ scheme provides lifesaving vaccines for children in need, in partnership with the international kids' charity SOS Children's Villages.

£285 | DeMellier | Buy it now

ATP Atelier Arezzo blue leather shoulder bag

ATP (All Tomorrow's Parties) Atelier may be best-known for its effortlessly chic footwear, but the brand also applies its Italian craftsmanship, with Scandi minimalism, to a covetable range of handbags.

From the Arezzo tote for all your essentials, to the Montalcino mini bag, in line with this season’s not-so practical small bag trend, the timeless silhouettes all feature the label’s signature asymmetric front flap design in a larger variety of colours.

Our particular favourite? The bold blue hue for a laid-back but luxurious look.

£400 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now

Maje Mini-Bag with Leather Fringes

Parisian fashion label Maje has reinvented its classic silhouette in striking colourways for SS19. In a bold red, blue or black, the piece is embellished with a fringe detailing and a gold logo stamp on the handle, and also features a removable chain strap.

£209 | Maje | Buy it now

Folklore The Label Kyklos Bag

For that minimalist handbag you have long been searching for, head to Folklore The Label. There you will find a fine range of leather and suede bucket bags in mini and midi varieties.

The timeless designs are offered in a number of neutral hues, from earthy shades of clay and sand to bolder hues of yellow and red, perfect for the summertime.

Approx £394 | Folklore The Label | Buy it now

Strathberry Crescent Shoulder

You may have already spotted Strathberry’s array of designs on social media; the Scottish label has been worn by VIPs such as Meghan Markle and Lady Gaga, and regularly features in street style looks during fashion week.

The luxury brand are known for using quality, natural materials to create contemporary yet understated designs. The elegant Crescent Shoulder silhouette, for instance, is available in a range of colours, from block to three-tone options that will take you from day to night.

£575 | Strathberry | Buy it now

Danse Lente Johnny mini leather bucket bag

London-based label Danse Lente specialise in handbags and luxury goods made of high-quality leather.

Taking inspiration from architecture, the brand delivers sculptural and striking silhouettes, including unique vaults and ring designs.

The Johnny bucket bag turns the traditional staple bag on its head, with an abstract hexagonal shape, surprisingly minimalist in style. We are also a big fan of the Phoebe tri-colour succinct shoulder bag which brings instant elegance to any look.

£325 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Accessorize Croc Olivia Bucket Bag

You can never go wrong with a bucket bag. The timeless silhouette surpasses trends and seasons making it a wardrobe staple year in, year out.

This iteration from Accessorize is an affordable take on the style, made-up in a statement yellow ochre hue that will add a pop of colour to a monochrome or neutral ensemble. It is further embellished with a croc-effect and is composed of faux leather.

£25 | Accessorize | Buy it now

Matt & Nat Riya Chilli Matte Nickel

Taking inspiration from the textures and hues of nature, vegan clothing label Matt & Nat excel in design as demonstrated through their range of bags, composed from eco-friendly recycled materials.

This clutch in a neutral earthy brown, features an asymmetric flap detail and a removable shoulder strap. It is also available in black, pink and beige.

£77 | Matt & Nat | Buy it now

Cult Gaia Luna bamboo shoulder bag

Earning Instagram fame for their Ark clutch (which you have probably seen everywhere), Cult Gaia has delivered some pretty creative summer bags this season, made up in bamboo and rattan. The Luna is a round counterpart to its Ark predecessor; a caged design with a playful beaded strap.

£195 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Montunas Guaria marbled acetate and silk-satin tote

Montunas' covetable collection of marbled acetate bags needs to be a part of your wardrobe. The Costa Rican-born designer takes inspiration from her native country to create these delightful statement bags, made in collaboration with her two daughters. The family business are renowned for their elegant accessories, embellished with chic satin scarves, pouches and tassels.

£425 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Rosantica Blue Faux Pearl And Bead Embellished Shoulder Bag

An evening bag or artwork? Jewellery label Rosantica's bags blur the line between fashion and art, with stunning designs taking inspiration from the Romans. This faux pearl and beaded shoulder bag opens with a metal clasp to reveal a spacious interior and a satin pouch.

£945 | Browns | Buy it now

Coach Dreamer

Inspired by the city in which the label was founded, the Dreamer is designed for the urban dweller of New York. Its spacious silhouette makes it a perfect day to night option, made all the more practical thanks to its three-compartment interior.

£495 | Coach | Buy it now