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THE STRAW BAG ARGUMENT

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10.05.2021

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While the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is now well underway, who knows if you’ll actually be able to go on holiday this year. As it stands, the green list is fairly miniscule. And the amber list? Well, the amber list might be more hassle than it’s worth. Still, we live in hope. And hope needs a holiday wardrobe as much as the rest of us. Aside from sunglasses and bikinis, nothing signifies foreign travel – specifically of the coastal variety – more than straw bags. On that note, here are some of the best to ogle before your wanderlust can be fully satisfied.

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PACO RABANNE

PACO RABANNE WOVEN STRAW TOTE BAG, £822 AT FARFETCH

As Paco Rabanne can attest, straw tote bags and metal hardware are not mutually exclusive. This might also be useful for convincing onlookers that your straw bag is not a remnant of a failed holiday but a permanent resident in an arsenal of accessories that scream sculptural minimalism.

JIGSAW

JIGSAW HOLKHAM STRAW SHOPPER BAG, £70 AT HARVEY NICHOLS

This Jigsaw bag is named after the Norfolk village of Holkham, which we assume is a wonderful place to go on staycation.

SOLEIL BAZAAR

SOLEIL BAZAAR Island Life Basket, £65 AT LÅRS LABELS

You might not be able to go to Mauritius yet, but that doens't mean you can't appreciate Mauritian craftsmanship in the meantime. And Soleil Bazaar – a sustainable brand – also donate 10% of sales to independent Mauritian charities.

ELIURPI

ELIURPI Straw III Cross-Body Bag, £340 AT HARRODS

If you want a straw bag that resembles a vase, look no further than Barcelona’s Eliurpi. It does the lord’s work by offering a perfectly secure way to transport flowers.

KAYU

KAYU LUCIE LEATHER AND STRAW TOTE, £225.60 AT NET-A-PORTER

Kayu’s Jamie Lim apparently designed this bag for honeymooning newlyweds. If that’s not you now (and is unlikely to be you in the near future), well, life goes on.

INÈS BRESSAND

INÈS BRESSAND ONE PINCH BUCKET BAG, £190 AT KOIBIRD

Sometimes simple things – like Inès Bressand straw bags – are very beautiful, aren’t they?

MUUÑ 

MUUÑ ROSA G ROUND STRAW BAG, £140 AT MATCHESFASHION

On planet Muuñ, if you combine traditional Japanese aesthetics with Scandinavian minimalism, this is the result. Lovely, no?

WHISTLES

WHISTLES ARIA STRAW AND LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, £89 AT SELFRIDGES

You can thank Whistles for this shoulder bag that happens to be made of straw (and leather).

LOEWE

LOEWE Small Square Basket bag in raffia and calfskin, £450

Loewe makes many straw bags. They are all desirable. This is a problem.

HEREU 

HEREU CABAS HANDWOVEN STRAW BASKET BAG, £265 AT LUISA VIA ROMA

There’s nothing like leather handles (as seen here on this Hereu number) to make a straw bag look reliable.

WICKER WINGS 

WICKER WINGS LAVENDER BABING BAG, £210

In a straw bag family, wicker bags are the matriarchs – even in lovely lavender.