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These sweet vegan basket bags are an eternally chic summer style that will be in your wardrobe for decades!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Styles may come and go, but one trend that never seems to fail when the weather heats up is that for vegan basket bags.
And no wonder! They’re simple, they’re chic, and they’re made from biodegradable materials, so all good. Sporting one of these hanging from the crook of my elbow always makes me feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, but of course, they come in all shapes and sizes.
The only thing is: it’s surprisingly tough to find one without a leather strap or leather detailing, which is a bummer for we vegans craving to rock this style.
I had to dig around a bit, but I managed to find some of the cutest little all vegan basket bags for summer. Whether you’re after a beach bag, bucket bag, or the highly Instagrammable ‘Ark’, there’s definitely at least one style here you’ll love!
10+ Of The Best Vegan Basket Bags For Summer
1. Cult Gaia
Cult Gaia’s ‘Ark’ bag soared to stardom last year when it launched, thanks to the popularity it gained with social media influencers. Ever since, the brand has kept reinventing some new traits for this eco-friendly handbag, to keep the design fresh and surprising.
The bamboo semi-circular shape is a classic, and inside the bag is space to store all your essentials.
Planning a summer holiday to an Italian beach? This is the perfect tote! ‘Ciao’ of course means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. But the Jacksons don’t stop with that message: you can choose from all kinds of cheeky, embroidered words on their jute bags, from ‘Merci’ and ‘Just Married’ to ‘Smile’. There’s also a an adorable cartoon poodle or French bulldog bag for all the animal lovers out there.
The epitome of sun-soaked style, a woven jute bag is a light, seasonal substitute for your classic leather carryall. Whether you’re complimenting your weekend wardrobe with stylish ease or adding just a touch of texture to your most elevated look, this ornately woven basket is essential for the sunniest of seasons.
We love the chunky wooden handle, and the flower print, too!
Woven from natural palm fronds, this Sara bag is softer to touch than most straw bags, and is just big enough to fit everything you need for the summer: a bottle of water, phone, book, keys and sunscreen.
It’s so incredibly eco-friendly, that once put in landfill, it would take less than a year to biodegrade!
If anyone knows how to turn straw into gold, it’s Stella McCartney! This trendy vegan bag may be made from the humblest and most natural of materials, but the price – and the branding – screams ‘rich hippy!’
In any case, we love the vegan leather tassels and bucket style of this bag. It’s a shape that’s been made famous by another prestigious European label – specifically, Loewe.
We instantly fell in love with this piece of woven, wearable art! Arteli’s pieces represent sustainability, ethics, respect, and style all harmoniously woven into breathtaking handbags. Their Canasto bag is the perfect fun summer accessory, with its beautiful flowers and Colombian palm leaf base.
This Noosa Bag by Ellen and James is big enough to carry around all your essentials, and how cute is that little white pom pom? Every piece is handmade so rejoice if you notice some slight variations between the bags, this just means yours is 100% one-of-a-kind!
This simple, clean lined and classically chic Morocco Straw Basket Bag is the ultimate summer accessory that can serve for multiple circumstances. The hand woven purse looks elegant with any summer dress, and comes with short handles and an inside drawstring bag with one pocket.
9. Kayu Clutch
This is one of my favourite vegan basket bags for summer. Adorable! Going on a romantic holiday? This clutch is the perfect accessory! It was ethically made in the Philippines by Kayu, and sends a rather succinct message to your summer crush: You. Me. YES! I also love the fluffy raffia tassel on the zip.
I think this is my favourite of all the vegan basket bags for summer! Made of natural black raffia, it’s oversized, and carries everything from sunblock to sandals. I would have thought this was just a ‘beach bag’, but when I saw it paired with a suit, as seen below, my mind completely changed: this will be my go-to summer bag for all occasions!
Sure, it’s easy to find a straw purse for summer. But a backpack?
That’s why I was thrilled when I stumbled across this baby. Not only is it 100% eco-and-vegan friendly, since it’s made from natural grasses, it’s also 2 bags in 1 – just remove the woven backpack straps to transform this into a chic handbag.
This is the ideal choice for summer tourists who always have a camera in their hands, and it adds a bit of grrrrr to any outfit!
Main image: Aranaz
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