I believe a good summer bag should be light in weight and color, made of an organic material, and not cost a fortune. (Straw totes that cost $1000–I just don’t get it, they have no inherent value.) My favorite summer bags happen to also be the designs of three talented women I’ve profiled here whom I admire, and I have pieces from all three (that’s me bottom left). Bembien‘s Yi-Mei Truxes almost exclusively makes woven leather and straw bags for “slow summer living”, working with artisans around the world and her average price point is around $200. Heidi Wynne‘s straw and wicker summer bags all come in under $200–I love the new Lucia with Cowrie shells, plus she has cashmere wraps. Kendall Conrad works mostly with leather and her bags are the kind you need beyond the beach (they work year round), for running around the city, evenings out, and beyond (plus she makes modern, bold jewelry). Please don’t ask me to choose, because I love them all.
Clockwise from top left: Bembien Jeanne bag, $260; Kendall Conrad Nina bag, $525; Heidi Wynne Lucia bag, $195; Kendall Conrad Khadija bag, $590; Bembien Isla bag, $260; Heidi Wynne Marella satchel, $175.