I Know Good Bags, and These 13 Independent Brands Are My Favourites

Here at Who What Wear, we believe in the power of accessories. That's why we've dedicated an entire series—Successorise—to it. After all, nothing has the ability to overhaul your outfits quite like a well-chosen sparkly hair grip or an elegant pair of earrings worn with a messy low bun. The same, naturally, applies to handbags.

Handbags are covetable—this we know—and while my own personal wish lists will always include the classics (think Chanel, Gucci, Hermès—the dream), nothing gives me quite the same thrill as discovering a new It-bag brand. When I started researching the best new bag brands for this piece, I consulted both Instagram and the trend reports of Matches, Net-a-Porter, and MyTheresa. And now, after hours of searching, I can confirm that these are the handbag brands to know now.

From the coolest bag I've seen (that costs just £38) to the year's defining label, keep scrolling to discover the best new handbag brands that dominated 2020, and that we fully intend on carrying with us through to 2021. 

S.JOON

New Handbags Brands 2020: @frannyfyne carries an S.Joon bag

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@frannyfyne

This vintage-inspired range began to gain momentum at the start of 2020. The Tulip bags (large and small) will no doubt be on the arms of many fashion editors.

C.NICOL

New Handbags Brands 2020: @thatsaleaf

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@thatsaleaf

Handcrafted in limited runs using only the best leather, C.Nicol's minimal arm candy has been seen on many a noteworthy arm, and features on every Who What Wear editor's wish-list. 

AESTHER EKME

Aesther Ekme creates pared-back bags with function at their heart, but that doesn't mean they're not beautiful. In fact, their minimal silhouettes make them all the more covetable, as they'll go with just about everything you can pair them with.

KHAITE

New Handbags Brands 2020: @khaite

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@khaite_ny

Khaite was one of 2020's defining brands, with its knitwear proving to be most popular in fashion circles. However, after launching its first handbag edit last year, we think it's not going anywhere for 2021. 

AGNEEL

Born in Berlin, Agneel's bags are refined, and utterly timeless. They can be styled to chic avail with jeans and dresses alike, while the gold metal hardware adds in indisputable premium feel. 

ROOP

New Handbags Brands 2020: Roop

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Courtesy of Roop

It takes a great deal to surprise the Who What Wear team, but that's exactly what happened when we saw the price of Roop's satin bags. A high-street price for a conscious, boutique Brit label? We can't say no to that…

POLÈNE

Continuing our quest to become as close to being French as possible, Polène's bags are a fast-track to Parisian chic. 

THE SANT

Made in Barcelona by traditional artisans, The Sant's bags have become a firm favourite amongst our team. With their signature scrunchie handles and structured bodies, their play on proportion makes them look all the more premium. 

MASHU

New Handbags Brands 2020: @mashu

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@mashu_london

Mashu is an ethical handbag brand that is designed in the UK and handcrafted by expert artisans in Greece. Using only sustainably sourced materials that don't harm the environment, it's a mid-range purchase you can feel really great about. 

ELLEME

Elleme first appeared on our radars in 2019, but it's steadily been building momentum. Choose from the, mock-croc, pastel or ruche finishes. 

COPERNI

New Handbags Brands 2020: Maria Bernad carries a bright red Coperni bag

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@maria_bernad

Simple, chic, modern. Those are the exact three words I'd use to describe bag brand Coperni, which has caught the eye of many sartorial superstars. 

JEENAA

Affordable brands that look expensive are what we're always on the look out for. Jeenaa ticks both those boxes with sharp, structured totes in minimalist colours that look way more than the under £80 price tags.

BONASTRE

A bag brand that's loved by Alexis Foreman means we need to know more about it. Bonastre. The brand uses vegetable leather and all pieces are softly structured and all feel super polished. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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