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The best Australian designer bags you shouldn’t live without

Show your love for local talent with these buys.

More than just an accessory, a handbag is part and parcel of a woman’s everyday getup. Model and designer, Stella Maxwell, once said, “A perfect handbag is both functional and stylish. Of course, you want to look cool, but you also want a bag that is going to work with you, not against you.”

For Australians, finding the perfect handbag that marries form and function shouldn’t be too hard. There’s a handful of Australian-made designer labels that get praise from the world over, from Meghan Markle’s favourite Oroton, to Respiro Studio, whose unique resin bags have been spotted on models and influencers alike. 

It’s easy to get lost in the fray when hunting for the best designer bags Australia has to offer – there are just so many to choose from! 

To make it simple, we have rounded up the best Australian handbag brands for you to shop. Read on to find a bag suited to your budget and carry-bag needs. 

2024’s top Australian handbag brands

  1. Louenhide
  2. Status Anxiety
  3. The Wolf Gang

The best Australian handbag brands to shop 2024

Louenhide handbags
(Credit: Louenhide)

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Louenhide

from $34.95 to $139.95 at Louenhide

Female-founded fashion and accessory brand Louenhide is committed to empowering the modern woman with a bag that is as stylish as it is functional. Honing in on accessible elegance, founders Lou and Heidi offer every woman to celebrate their distinctive style without breaking the bank.

Our top picks:

Daisy Crossbody Bag in Tan, $89.95

Savannah Tote Bag, $129.95

Cali Nylon Crossbody Bag, $59.95

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the-horse
(Credit: THE HORSE)

02

The Horse

from $179 to $329.95 at The Iconic

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 its watches, but its bags deserve attention as well.

The deceptively simple crossbody bags can give Gucci a run for its money, while its backpack in blush is just the right blend of rugged and feminine. With personalisation available, there is something for everyone at The Horse.

Our top picks:

The Friday Bag in Forest Green, $179.95

The Florence Tote in Tan, $329.95

Dylan Crossbody Bag in Oat, $229.95

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Oroton
(Credit: Oroton)

03

Oroton

from $249 to $700 at The Iconic

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 picks:

Colt Small Baguette Bag in Brandy, $449

Florence Small Shoulder Bag in Grey Flannel, $339

Margot Tiny Bucket Bag, $269

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(Credit: Status Anxiety)

04

Status Anxiety

from $80 to $379 at Myer

“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 picks:

Solus Crossbody Bag in Green, $169.95

Look Both Ways Crossbody Bag in Tan, $219.95

Last Mountains Double Handle Satchel Bag in Black, $299.95

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(Credit: Mimco)

05

MIMCO

from $99 to $899 at Myer

If you’re looking for a bag that’ll stand out as the statement piece of your outfit, look no further than Mimco. Its branding is “creative, collaborative, fun and (slightly) unconventional.” From puffy pastel crossbody bags to crescent-shaped clutches, you’ll find one to match your day or evening look in a heartbeat. 

Explore Crossbody Bag in Black, $149.95

Casa Shoulder Bag in Caramel, $449.95

Orbit Tote Bag in Black Gunmetal, $499.95

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(Credit: The Wolf Gang)

06

The Wolf Gang

from $189 to $369 at The Iconic

Brightly coloured to make a statement, from baguette-style shoulder bags to bold clutches, The Wolf Gang makes bags for the fashion-forward.

Our top picks:

Berber Tote in Elephant, $199 (usually $349)

Blanca Wave Bag in Ivory, $229

Suri Shell Bag, $269

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Sans Beast
(Credit: Sans Beast)

07

Sans Beast

from $69 to $369 at David Jones

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 its website states, Sans Beast creates bags that are “collectible, functional, affordable, and designed with love.”

Our top picks:

Reader Satchel in Olive, $159 (usually $229)

Nomad Tote Bag in Cinnamon, $249

Bandolier Crossbody Bag in Noir, $179

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https://www.theiconic.com.au/brie-leon/
(Credit: Brie Leon)

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Brie Leon

from $99 to $259 at The Iconic

With its cult-status mini Camille bag being donned by it-girls everywhere this season, Australian label Brie Leon creates accessories that are made to be treasured. With its studio located in Sydney, this female-owned and run business puts sustainability at the forefront of its design ethic – all Brie Leon bags are vegan and made from materials that are ethically sourced.

Our top picks:

Mini Camille Bag in Black Brushed Croc, $129 (usually $159)

Check Straw Bag Large in Black/ Walnut, $189

The Everyday Croissant Shoulder Bag in Black, $249

dylan-kain
(Credit: Dylan Kain)

09

Dylan Kai

from $110 to $620 at The Iconic

Female-founded Australian label, Dylan Kain creates gorgeous handbags and accessories whilst working to reduce our impact on Mother Earth. Collections are made in small-batch production runs with pre-orders being the core of its manufacturing process so they make only what’s needed (and nothing more). From fashion-forward shoulder bags to versatile yet on-trend crossbodies, Dylan Kain is a *must* for your designer handbag collection.

Our top picks:

The Gisele Crossbody Bag, $480

The Moss Petite, $499

The Londyn Studded Bag, $499

Lead photo: Sans Beast

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