These sweet vegan straw 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 straw 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 all-vegan basket bags for summer. Whether you’re after a beach bag, bucket bag, or the highly Instagrammable ‘Lani’, here below, you’ll definitely find one of the best vegan straw bags for you.
The Best Vegan Straw Bags For Summer
1. The Iris Bag
Cult Gaia’s ‘Ark’ bag soared to stardom as soon as it launched, thanks to the popularity it gained with social media influencers. Ever since, the brand has kept evolving its handbags into innovative, organic shapes.
One of our favourite vegan straw bags for summer is their Iris clutch. A single button shape closure with gold detail finishes off this clutch with a nod to minimalistic glamour. It’s ready to transport and secure all of your summertime essentials with style and ease.
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, this mini bag, made from black rattan, can be dressed up or down. 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.
It’s just big enough for your ‘going out’ essentials: phone, lippy, keys, cards. Why not tie a scarf around the handle to give it a more personalised touch?
Who says the best straw vegan bags are always totes? This sweet satchel proves otherwise! And its eco-credentials are impeccable.
Working directly with artisans in Bali to create unique, hand-woven and hand-crafted accessories that have history and meaning, Stelar is re-imagining indigenous skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. The intention of the brand is to create long-term positive impact and sustainable livelihoods within the communities that most rely upon them.
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.
6. Lani Tote
Its oversized silhouette and floral designs make the Lani Tote one of the most coveted vegan straw bags for summer. This is a highly artisanal piece. Each straw flower is hand-tacked down, and its open top leads to dual top handles. Since the Lani (which is also displayed in our main image) is unlined, this is one of the best bags for carrying larger summer items, like books and beach towels.
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 straw 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 of elegance. Whether you choose it in cream, navy or black, the rock clasp closure accents the bag beautifully.
10. Veneta Bag
I think this is my favourite of all the vegan basket bags for summer! Made of natural raffia with a navy striped detail, 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!
Main image: Aranaz