We all know there are beautiful high-end designer bags that everyone wants to own. However, sometimes there are many brands that are not getting the attention they deserve even though they make amazing handbags that every lover of this piece of fashion should check out.
Therefore, if you are looking for a new piece that you will love, but you are sick and tired of the brands that everyone are always talking about (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, etc.), then this article is for you. We will present to you 12 very interesting and innovative luxury designer handbag brands that you should definitely take a look at because who knows – you might find a unique brand that not many people have heard of and stand out in the crowd! So let’s take a look at them now.
Ulyana Sergeenko is a Russian fashion designer who used to be a huge client of notable fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and Valentino. She also used to collaborate with other designers but since she was not credited, she decided to launch her own eponymous fashion label in 2011 which received a lot of media attention, not only in Russia but worldwide.
She is notable for mixing Russian military, literary and fairytale influences into her designs. Some of her famous clients include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Dita von Teese, and Kim Kardashian.
All of her bag models are classy and made of amazing materials. One of them is the leather bag with top handle with the brand’s horse logo imprinted on it. It is a perfect choice for a cocktail party, business dinner, or even a romantic date. Ulyana Sergeenko represents the Russian elegance and sophistication and you cannot go wrong with its models.
Wandler is a Dutch based accessories brand specializing in luxury leather geometric-shaped bags that come in a wide range of colors – from pale greens to vibrant bright pinks. You might have noticed their belt bags being worn by many Instagram influencers. Well, let’s introduce you to this rather new brand that was launched in 2017.
Based in Amsterdam, Elza Wandler is the founder of the brand. She studied fashion at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and after graduation she built her brand from scratch in just one month. She used her experience of working at Levi’s Made & Crafted.
Her handbag models look very classy because of their geometric shapes, but also feminine and luxurious. It is obvious that they are made of premium calf leather which make them soft to touch. The various bright colors make these bag a perfect choice for spring and summer walks, traveling, or even dates.
Chylak is a Polish brand founded in 2014 by Zofia Chylak. She learned all she knows about design at Proenza Schouler in New York. It is interesting to note that she studied the history of art, and she loves incorporating the elements of the Northern Renaissance into her designs.
Chylak was named the “Brand of the Year” in 2015 by the Polish Elle Style Awards. The Chylak handbags all have classic designs with specific prints such as snake print or fur. They are all made of premium leather and are designed for women who know what they love and they are not afraid to wear it. The most famous handbag is the clasp bag made from brown python-embossed leather that seems both modern and vintage at the same time.
Boldrini Selleria was founded in Tuscany in 1955 by Scandiano Boldrini. Originally a small handbag family business in an even smaller Italian town, Scandiano created a brand from the scratch by using the best leather in the world and giving it his personal touch.
Their most famous model is probably the Opera handbag which comes in a brown color and made of the softest leather. It has the most unique design because it opens by moving the layers of leather which opens like a fan.
The bags of this designer often come in limited quantities, so if you really want to get one, you need to act fast! This is very common among tradition family-owned businesses.
Paula Cademartori is an Italian luxury brand founded in 2010 by the lady of the same name who grew up in Brazil but decided to move to Milan in 2005 and reconnect with her roots and pursue further education.
Paula got the MA in fashion and participated in the 2009 Vogue Talents competition before starting her own brand a year later. She has also expanded her collection to footwear. As you can see, her handbags are timeless and feminine pieces in bright and vibrant colors that can be worn either every day or for big events. They are made of high quality leather and can be found in various patterns as well – snake, animal print, quilted etc.
Paula is definitely one of those rising stars designers who are worth checking out. She draws her inspiration from architecture and art and that can be seen in her bags as well.
Looking for simple yet trendy handbag designs? Then check out Boyy, a Thai luxury handbag brand that emerged in 2006. Founded by Wannasiri Kongman and Jesse Dorsey, Boyy spread like fire not only in Thailand but worldwide too. Everyone was wearing their pieces on Instagram and then soon after that moved their operations to Milan. Impressive, right?
Wannasiri and Jesse are the couple who used in-depth research on the streets before launching their brand. There is one interesting story about them. They met in New York City where Wannasiri worked as a waitress and Jesse worked as a musician. She was a huge fan of Sex and the City, especially Carrie Bradshaw. Years after she was encouraged by a fashion editor to make her own bags after being spotted carrying one of her designs, Sarah Jessica Parker was seen carrying one of her designs. A true dream come true.
The bags are luxurious and interesting looking, so you can’t go wrong with this brand.
Demetria was founded by Margarita Demetria “Mai” Cojuangco, a Florence-based designer who studied fashion in Florence, Italy. She worked as an assistant for leather-bag production and learned her craft there. Originally from the Philippines, Margarita is proud to work with both Italians and Filipino designers when it comes to this type of work and art.
What makes this brand unique is the fact that Margarita incorporates Filipino craft ship with Italian leather making thus making Demetria a blend of sophistication and her native folklore. Demetria is exclusively sold at Idée Clothing only and the pieces are usually sold out in a matter of days after the launch, so if you are interesting in supporting this brand and getting a bag or two, hurry up! The models have warm colors and are made of the softest Italian leather, perfect for everyday outings or even something more business-like.
Gabriela Hearst was established by a New York designer originally from Uruguay. She lived more than a decade in New York but decided to launch her eponymous brand in 2015 and honor her Uruguay roots. She wanted to create a traditional and slow-paced brand that would reflect her heritage.
Her bags are for powerful, alluring and “real” women. Made of the softest leather, they are also practical and durable. When you look at the range of colors, you can see that they are made in warm and earth tones, which means that they can go well with almost anything. Her famous Nina bag is named after artist and activist Nina Simone. Crafted from smooth Italian Nappa leather, the bag looks feminine and both modern and vintage. Wear it to the business dinner, work, or even a walk. You also have the versions in suede, skin print and crocodile print if you want to be really bold.
Jacquemus is a French brand established Simon Porte Jacquemus, who was only 20 when he created his own brand. The sudden death of his mother prompted him to launch something of his own. He presented his collection at the 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
Besides handbags, he also designs menswear, hats and clothes. His handbags for women have vibrant colors that simply stand out and are cheerful and feminine. His most famous model is definitely the Jacquemus Les sac Chiquito microbag that was worn by Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. The microbags are all the rave these days and can be found anywhere, but many believe that they might be pushed aside as being démodé and unpractical pretty soon. They are so tiny that they are worn by one finger only and can’t be used for carrying anything, so they are more of a fashion statement than anything else.
Strathberry is an Edinburgh-based brand founded in 2013. The brand rose to fame quickly after its Strathberry Midi Tote found itself on the hand of Meghan Markle during her royal visit to Nottingham. It was also worn by Lady Gaga. The model got sold out in just a few days and even now you have to be placed in a pre-order waitlist in order to get your hands on it.
The best part of Strathberry is the quality of materials. It is handcrafted in Spain and made of the best Spanish leathers. The quality makes them truly beautiful even though the models are classy and modern in toned-down colors. The design is truly magnificent and you won’t be disappointed if you carry their bag to a business occasion or any other event.
Manu Atelier is a Turkish luxury handbag brand founded by Beste and Merve Manastır in 2014. Yes, this is another family-owned project and it is run by two sisters who are the daughters of one of the oldest handicraftsmen and leather goods manufacturers in Istanbul. They decided to expand their father’s knowledge and artisanship thus they launched this amazing brand which uses the best materials on the market.
The history of Many Atelier already started many years ago when their father was just a child. Now they are continuing his tradition and expanding the brand to the global market by doing the promotion and modern design. When you look at the models from their collection you can tell that they are made of premium leather; however, the designs are not the usual sort you see around, they are classy but also intriguing with rectangular and long designs.
Danse Lente is a British women’s accessories label specializing in handbags founded by a Korean-born Youngwon Kim in 2015. Meaning ‘slow dance’ in French, this brand has become the so called Insta-friendly bags brand that has been spotted all over the Internet on the hands of many influencers.
Youngwon earned the MA in fashion from the London College of Fashion and quickly switched from footwear to bags a year later. She believes that you can be truly free when designing bags because they can be almost anything you come up with. It is a bit different for footwear.
Her handbags are beautifully sculptured and even though some models might look abstract, they are still modern, classy and alluring. Additionally, what makes this brand even more appealing is the fact that it is very affordable, the bags can be purchased for $300 - $400 and yes, they are made of great materials.
To conclude, we have talked about 12 underrated luxury designer handbag brands that you should definitely check out if you are a fan of this fashion pieces. We have listed some that are gaining recognition and have already been carried around by celebrities but are unknown to the general public. Most of them affordable, made of premium leather materials, and bring fresh designs and looks to the market.
Have you spotted or perhaps bought some of the handbags by this brands? If not, which underrated brands would you like to recommend? Thanks for reading and let us know what you think!