A handbag is key in a perfectly executed outfit. Without the essential arm candy, you have a great ensemble, but with it, you have an exceptional one. Aside from holding serious styling power, the accessory also proves to be quite practical, too—because, well, where else are you going to store your keys, wallet, and lipstick? Now, because the market for purses is quite vast—we're talking thousands upon thousands to choose from—we decided to spotlight the best handbags brands, all in one place, so you can scoop up one (or two) without getting too overwhelmed by choices.
Ahead, see the accessory labels that have already (or are defintely going to) reach cult status this year. From Susan Alexandra's playful beaded bags to Cuyana's super-sleek ones, you'll have no problem finding a style to suit your personal preference. Read on to see and shop the brands you'll want to keep close track of this season.
1. The Daily Edited
Customization is the name of the game with Australian-based luxury brand The Daily Edited. The line carries everything you could want, from monogrammable phone cases to cute passport holders. But you'll really fall in love with the bags. From mini cube purses to carry-all totes ideal for traveling (most of which you can personalize with your initials or an emoji of choice), you'll find it in the brand's extensive offering.
Wicker Wings—which was launched by a sister and brother duo after discovering their grandmother used to hand-weave baskets for a living—makes the most stunning rattan-meet-leather bags on the market. Each is equal parts eye-catching and practical—and they're perfect for summer.
For bags that are stunningly beautiful (we're talking exquisite shapes and fun colors) but still simple, look no further than Wandler. The brand's shoes are pretty amazing too, but the bags are pure Instagram gold. Prepare to see these all over your feed.
Margi Gaba's bags are certain to reach cult status before you know it (plus, the story behind them is pretty special, too). From on-trend croc-effect cross-body to the dreamiest yellow bag around, the Margi Gaba range has everything you'll love and more.
Linjer, a minimalist, under-the-radar accessories brand, has become a favorite of A-listers like Irina Shayk, Amber Heard, and Eiza Gonzalez. The wait list to get your hands on one of the line's super simple (but oh-so-stunning) purses can be quite long—but it's worth it.
JW Pei bags are crafted from 100% vegan leather—which means they're as sustainable as they are stunning. Per the website, the label is aiming to show "how a fashion brand can push the boundaries to make products that are beautiful, sustainable and cruelty-free." It is possible—and JW Pei is proof.
Cuyana's über-sleek bags are guaranteed to hit every minimalist's sweet spot. The timeless arm accessories are made from top-quality leather and are designed to last. Remember this name, and scoop up a bag or two while you're at it.
Susan Alexandra's handmade beaded bags are compliment magnets. But the best part about her brightly colored designs? They're sure to bring out your inner child. Beware though, everyone's going to ask you about your bag when you carry one of Susan Alexandra's masterpieces in hand.
Who says handbags can't also double as breathtaking works of art? No one, that's who. Carolina Santo Domingo's dreamy, expertly crafted designs are all about cool, angular shapes and eye-catching details—in other words, it's bag and art piece all at the same time.