Fashion is now totally global, with more and more brands emerging every day from all corners of the world—be it the Lebanon, Costa Rica, or Los Angeles. But it’s only those that aren’t afraid to experiment with shapes, materials, and colours that catch our attention, so, with this in mind, check out our top-five up-and-coming bag designers for this season.
In a cattle ranch in Costa Rica, Elke Ruge created a bag that fitted her need to balance work, travel, and motherhood, all the while looking fresh and stylish. Now, her two daughters, Amanda and Elena Hawila, who live in London, are aiming to share their mother’s designs with the rest of the world, giving birth to Montunas. The pieces in the collection represent their lifestyle: one that holds together between continents, trends, and generations. And using vegetable tanned leather as their primary material, the bags only get better with age.
Growing up, Alexa Mateen discovered a love for modern art, and now, with her background in marketing and technology, she bridges two of her passions creating bags that are unique in design, colour, and functionality. The pieces are made to be transitional from day to night, perfect for modern women and art enthusiasts.
Hailing from Budapest, Sandra Sandor, designer at Nanushka, graduated from the prestigious London College of Fashion in 2005, and launched the brand in 2006. East meets West in her signature style representing women with confident ease and femininity. Nanushka is sold in Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Liberty, Browns, Net-A-Porter, and My Theresa.
Medea is made with only the finest calfskin leathers from Verona, Italy. The bags come in eight colours, four sizes from micro to oversized, and are straightforward in terms of design, intended to look like paper bags. The bags act as a canvas for experimentation, and the brand continues to expand its collection by collaborating with artists with the first such partnership launching in September.
Handcrafted in the Lebanon, childhood friends Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek originally started Vanina as a jewellery brand that evolved into a brand that creates bags, clothes, and shoes, among other products. The brand promotes effortless beauty and the value of detailed and experimental craftsmanship.