Summer Lovin: My Five Favorite Bags for Sunny Days

I admit it. I am a handbag fanatic. From vintage to current, wicker to velvet and in between, I love a good handbag. They define your look, whether with a wink or a wallop and they always fit. Handbags are chameleons, with he ability to up your style game with a single swing of a handle or make things low key in a stylish way. What's not to love? Here are some of my favorite bags for summer....and trust me, it was hard to choose!

The Jacksons London Jute Bag

While I was shopping in Paris in June with my uber stylish friend Monica, she introduced me to the coveted Jackson London Jute Bags. Based in Notting Hill in London, The Jacksons carry a curated selection of international labels and boutique brands and also has an online store. Among the goods are the beautiful and playful hand-crafted jute word bags. A design collaboration between Louise Jackson and traditional handicraft workers of Southwest Bangladesh, these bags are 100% locally grown and help support and empower the women that create them. I fell in love with the "Merci" bag in a dark navy, but I am not sure I am going to keep it at owning just one. I must have been stopped a dozen times by Parisian women on the street asking where I bought my bag...the ultimate compliment!

Cult Gaia Ark Bag and Gucci Princetown Mules. Photo by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

The Cult Gaia Ark Bag is an iconic bag and a favorite. I featured this bag in my last post too because it is so unique and so quintessential summer cool. Made from 100% bamboo, it is a real show stopper clutch that goes with everything. Patterned after a traditional Japanese lunch box, the Ark Bag is a statement piece that lends chic simplicity to any look.

Matta Tina Bucket Bag. Image courtesy of Matta.

When my sister Jennifer and I were shopping in New York over Mother's Day weekend and we of course went to ABC Home so that my interior designer sister could be in her happy place. Not that I don't love home decor, but I ended up in the accessories and clothing section where I found this Matta Tina Bucket Bag. Leave it to me to find fashion in a home decor store. Anyhow, we both ended up getting the bag in the most lovely burnished gold leather. I have carried this bucket bag the most of any bag I own over the summer, including overseas. It packed flat as a pancake into my bag for Europe and then popped up into a great tote. I have stuffed so much into this baby, and it even ventured to the beach, although I kept it away from the sunscreen and salt. I can't recommend this bag enough. 

Clare V. Alice in black

I have made no secret of my love for designer consignment, especially when it comes from my good friend Mary Bridget from MB Finds. MB Finds Instagram is a great place to see the latest goods to arrive, so when I saw this Clare V. Alice Bag pop up on my feed, I jumped on it. I have been coveting this bag for a long long time and then there it was, with the tags on, waiting for me. I love that you can fill this bag up and it still keeps its shape. The round shape is reminiscent of a vintage bag, and it is got that "South of France" feel that is timeless. 

Finally, while I was in Provence this summer with my family we stayed for a week in the town of Saint-Rémy. The beautiful shops were filled with local goods and international finds, and of course the best of French Provencal style. I found these local handmade bags and there was only one left in that eye popping mustard color that has dominated the fashion scene for the last few months. Mustard is a color that I have great difficulty wearing, and some of the shades I don't even like. But wearing this color as an accessory works beautifully, and this pop of color clutch looks fresh and beautiful with summer whites, denim, black and color. Working a difficult color in as an accessory is the perfect way to wear something you aren't sure of.  The bag is an original but this one from Etsy and this one from J.Crew give the same vibe!

Cheers to a sunny summer filled with great style. xx