Raffia and straw bags have been a quintessential part of our summer wardrobes for decades. From Jane Birkin to Brigitte Bardot, some of the most stylish women have chosen them for beach days and beyond.
Jane Birkin, specifically, wore her wicker basket everywhere and with everything. Before the introduction of the iconic Birkin bag, it was her go-to choice. Whether on a casual shopping trip in Paris, or on a vacation in the French Riviera, the wicker basket was always on her arm. Actually, Birkin didn’t limit herself to wearing the bag just in the summer. She also styled it with coats, proving that the design works for all seasons.
With summer approaching, straw and raffia bags begin to flood the market. Today, they come in a variety of styles and silhouettes from mini bags to over-sizes totes. Don’t get overwhelmed by the variety of options out there, because I’ve already done all the hard work and found the best straw and raffia bags for your summer wardrobe.
Channel your inner Jane Birkin with one of these beautiful straw bags:
1. Loewe Basket Tote ($450)
Featuring two adjustable leather top handles and brand’s recognizable insignia logo, Loewe’s Basket Tote is a modern twist on the classic silhouette. The waitlists for this bag exploded immediately as the launch was announced. Seriously, a Loewe bag for under $500? We all need it! A timeless investment into your summer wardrobe, the Loewe Basket Tote will bring you joy for many seasons to come.
2. Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Raffia and Canvas Tote ($1,550)
Saint Laurent’s popular Rive Gauche Tote now also comes in a raffia version. Trimmed with canvas, this chic tote features two leather top handles, as well as, a contrasting Saint Laurent Rive Gauche logo. Stylish and functional, the YSL Rive Gauche Raffia and Canvas Tote is a perfect bag to wear in the city, as well as, on vacation.
3. Christian Louboutin Loubishore Large Raffia Tote ($550)
A must-have summer bag from Christian Louboutin? Those who are into luxury know that Christian Louboutin is way more than his shoes. Handwoven from straw to a shell-like silhouette, the Loubishore Large Raffia Tote features the red shade at the back of the straps for the signature Louboutin look.
4. Chloe Marcie Medium Raffia Tote ($690)
Whether you are sightseeing, shopping, or going to the beach, Chloe got you covered. Chloe’s beloved Marcie line receives the summertime upgrade with the addition of the raffia tote to the line-up. Woven from natural raffia to a spacious basket bag silhouette, Chloe Marcie Medium Raffia Tote has enough rooms for all your summer essentials.
5. Jacquemus Le Grand Panier Soleil Tote ($490)
Did you know that the name of this bag translates from French as “the big sun basket”? The Jacquemus Le Grand Panier Soleil Tote is to elevate not only your outfits, but also your mood! Featuring an open top design with one main interior compartment, a front flap pocket and two sets of handles, Le Grand Panier Soleil Tote is a practical and stylish choice for summer.
6. Longchamp Medium Le Pliage Straw Tote ($365)
Good news for all Longchamp Le Pliage Tote fans out there! Now the beloved style also comes in a straw bag version! A beachy take on the iconic nylon bag, the Medium Le Pliage Straw Tote is both lightweight and functional. Featuring leather trimming with two top handles and a snap closure, the Le Pliage Straw Tote is ready to follow you everywhere, from shopping trips to beach adventures.
7. Dolce & Gabbana Kendra Medium Straw Tote ($1,295)
Add a touch of glamour to your summer outfits with the Dolce Gabbana’s Kendra Medium Straw Tote. Handwoven in Italy from straw to a roomy silhouette, it’s trimmed with calf leather, incl. two top handles and a flap pocket featuring Dolce & Gabbana logo plaque. Whether it is a picnic at the park, or a day at the beach, the Dolce & Gabbana Kendra Medium Straw Tote is ready to take on the task!
8. Tory Burch Ella Straw Basket Tote ($398)
Playing on the traditional market tote silhouette, the Tory Burch Ella Straw Basket Tote is your new summer must-have. Woven from lightweight straw and trimmed with leather throughout, the style will work great for both every day and getaways. An added bonus: canvas pouch.
9. Altuzarra Watermill Small Raffia Tote ($500)
Elevate your summer looks with the Watermill Small Raffia Tote from Altuzarra. Handwoven in Italy from beige raffia, this gorgeous tote is the perfect size for all of your beach day essentials. Finished with leather trims and braided top handles, the Altuzarra Watermill Small Raffia Tote is as stunning, as it is practical.
10. JW Anderson Basket Belt Tote ($490)
Whether you are heading to the beach or to the office, the JW Anderson Basket Belt Tote will be your trusted companion. Woven from raffia in gorgeous shades of brown, this spacious tote is adorned with smooth leather handles and label’s signature anchor logo on the front.