Okay, summer is here, and maybe you’re feeling that itch to buy a new bag right about now. We know the feeling: A handbag is the accessory update that has the power to instantly transform any look from technically fine (but maybe a bit boring) to chic and memorable. It’s pretty much magical. As you begin to search high and low for that new addition to your handbag arsenal, might we suggest a cute leather pouch?
Now, a pouch doesn’t have to be micro-mini. While it certainly can stand just large enough to fit a cellphone and lipstick, we love oversize versions that have a slightly more slouchy (yet equally elevated) appeal. The simplicity of the shape—with a single zip-top closure that remains more understated and elegant than any turn-lock ever can—allows you to go all-out with textures, tones, and prints, even when you’re after that streamlined vibe.
This summer, we’re shopping for leather pouches that make a true statement. While there are certainly a few go-to black styles we can’t get enough of, we’re loving bright stripes, perforated patterns, and subtle embellishments. From Stella McCartney and Anya Hindmarch to Tory Burch and more, we’ve got you covered with a pouch for every outfit—and then some. Scroll through our favorites here.