Deciding What Kind Of Bag To Get
Remember, function and style is what you’re looking for in a bag, and so you need one that’s got the right shape, size, and materials that suit your needs.
A large bag will work for day-to-day activities but probably won’t look so great at a formal dinner party. Meanwhile, genuine leather has a certain prestige, but if you’re a vegan, you’re going to want to look into brands that use animal-friendly alternatives.
Lastly, what brands do you want to support? It’s nice to have a luxury item from an international brand, but there’s also something really rewarding about supporting a local designer. If anything, tons of them are already shaping up to be strong global contenders in the next few years.
Our 10 Favourite Designer Handbags From Australia
10. The Horse
Price Range: $AUD59 to 299
The Australian leather lifestyle brand is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Scott and Amy Hawkes, who run their business from a small studio in Sydney. The brand is already pretty well known for their watches, but their bags deserve attention as well.
Their deceptively simple crossbody bags can give Gucci a run for their money, while their backpack in blush is just the right blend of rugged and feminine. There is something for everyone at The Horse.
Our Top Pick: The Tan Double Zip Crossbody Bag
Price Range: $AUD60 to 700
This brand almost faded into obscurity amongst the new breed of handbags that cropped up in recent years. That is until a certain Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing the brand. With Sophie Holt at the reins though, the brand is skewing towards a minimal aesthetic of classic shapes made with only the best materials.
Our Top Pick: The Solo Medium Satchel
Price Range: $AUD80 to 379
“Damn fine leather goods, for a life lived simply”, boasts Status Anxiety’s website, and we couldn’t agree more. Conceived by Will Sked and Scott Hawkes, the brand produces simple and sleek bags that are as uncomplicated as they are beautifully crafted.
At Status Anxiety, you can find everything, from a simple everyday tote to an elegant evening clutch. Consider the brand a one-stop-shop for great leather bags.
Our Top Pick: Fixation In Teal Croc Emboss
7. Rylan Studio
Price Range: $AUD500 to 820
Rylan handbags are characterised by timeless, “subtle luxury” pieces that look as if they came straight out of your mum’s closet (in the best way possible). These bags don’t run cheap, but one look at the details and you’ll know the bag is well worth every cent.
Our Top Pick: Black Croc Emboss Large Satchel
Price Range: $AUD99 to 899
If you’re looking for a bag that’ll stand out as the statement piece of your outfit, look no further than Mimco. Their branding is “creative, collaborative, fun and (slightly) unconventional”. Glittery pastel pink crossbodies, royal blue tubular hip bags, and glimmering evening bucket bags – are just a few of Mimco’s best-sellers.
Our Top Pick: The Axis Pouch Bag
Price Range: $AUD229 to 399
Speaking of unconventional, Respiro Studio’s hardshell resin bags make for a fantastic alternative to the plain evening clutch. With any one of these loud-coloured, oddly shaped handbags, you’ll be sure to make a statement.
Our Top Pick: The Carmen Bag in Red
Price Range: $AUD299 to 365
Because streetwear is arguably the biggest fashion trend in recent years, it makes sense that one of the most-loved designer handbags in Australia is the neoprene tote. State Of Escape is the original creator of the bag which is much-loved for its blend of athleisure aesthetics and the classic tote bag’s silhouette.
Our Top Pick: The Petite Escape Tote in Stone
Price Range: $AUD130 to 410
When you’re travelling, there’s always that risk that someone will grab your bags by mistake. Avoid this mix up with The Daily Edited. Australia’s original monogramming line makes and personalises everything from crossbodies to wallets to overnight bags!
Our Top Pick: Black Overnight Bag
Price Range: $AUD125 to 640
When you think of Australian handbags, brands like Helen Kaminski don’t exactly come to mind first. The designer is more well-known around the world for her handcrafted raffia hats, which are worn by celebrities like Nicole Kidman Angelina Jolie, and Salma Hayek, to name a few.
But her bags carry the same prestige, as they are made with the same sustainably sourced raffia from Madagascar. These aren’t just hats and bags, they’re a piece of culture and history.
Our Top Pick: Peyton L Tote
1. Sans Beast
Price Range: $AUD69 to 149
Vegans rejoice! Though choices are limited, there are “leather” handbags in Australia that aren’t made with cowhide. Sans Beast is one of them. The luxe vegan leather label was put up by ex-Mimco designer Cathryn Wills.
Just as their website states, Sans Beast creates bags that are “collectible, functional, affordable, and designed with love”.
Our Top Pick: The Zest Alligator Reader Satchel