While internationally designed luxury bags certainly have a place in our wardrobes, so do locally made pieces | Source: The Facebook Horse
When we think of designer handbags, luxury Italian designers and French houses like Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Hermès tend to come to mind. Rarely do we think of Australian designer bag brands and it seems like we’ve missed something.
Focusing more on quality and craftsmanship than logo designs and brands, local Australian designer bag brands specialize in timeless everyday accessories. Ranging from fashionable yet minimalist baguette bags to stylish tote bags and crossbody bags, these eight Australian bag designers deserve to be on your accessory radar.
Founded in 1938, originally as an importer of luxury European textiles, Oroton has long been a leading Australian fashion brand. Trademarked Oroton ‘O’ in 1970, the brand’s range of accessories has become synonymous with understated luxury and sophisticated, minimalist pieces. The brand has even been spotted on the arm of none other than Meghan Markle.
Going from a small online boutique to a global accessories brand stocked at David Jones and The Iconic, Brie Leon has come a long way.
With a philosophy based on creating pieces that are easy to wear and can transition from day to night, the female-led brand produces timeless and versatile pieces made with vegan and ethically sourced materials. From sophisticated baguette bags to classic everyday crossbody bags, Brie Leon’s range of handbags are perfect for any occasion.
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Based in Sydney, The Daily Edited has become well known for creating high quality monogrammed accessories. From phone cases to tote bags, the Australian accessories label can add their own personal touch to a range of stylish pieces.
Offering classic silhouettes in a range of colourways, a monogrammed accessory from The Daily Edited is the ultimate gift or personalized everyday work bag or wallet.
Specializing in high-quality, minimalist leather goods, Status Anxiety is another Australian bag designer who knows how to make must-have pieces. Based in Sydney, the accessories brand offers classic totes, shoulder bags, clutches and satchels made from ethically sourced leather, primarily Italian and Brazilian.
Founded by fashion influencer and designer Brook Testoni, Rylan is a Mosman-based accessories brand that offers stunning handbags made from the finest European leathers. Handcrafted in Northern Italy, each Rylan bag exudes craftsmanship, style and quality and features sumptuous curves and timeless design elements.
Melbourne-based brand A-ESQUE is led by Amanda Briskin-Rettig who founded accessories giant Mimco in 1996 before launching A-ESQUE in 2012. Featuring high-quality leather, classic hardware details and clean-lined silhouettes, A-ESQUE knows how to make everyday accessories with subtle style.
Beginning as a leather shoe brand in 2009, The Horse has grown into an established Australian design brand known for its leather watches and handbags. Designed in Sydney, the accessories label draws inspiration from Australia’s natural landscapes to create sophisticated pieces that are both understated and unique.
Designed in Melbourne and handmade in Italy, Vestirsi’s philosophy is to create luxury leather bags without the luxury brand. Crafted by skilled Italian leather artisans and designed for the modern woman, the Vestirsi range of bags includes sophisticated backpacks, sleek shoulder bags and quilted handbags.
Looking for the perfect going out bag? Check out the best designer baguette bags of 2022. Or find inspiration in more practical silhouettes, like the classic designer tote bag.