Umshakazi purse by Inga Atelier.
Umshakazi purse by Inga Atelier.
Image: Inga Atelier

Let’s be honest, a woman’s bags are among the hardest working items in her wardrobe. Between work, school drop offs, lunch and dinner dates with friends, shopping and weekend activities — a bag’s job is never done. 

And while even some of the best bags can go in and out of style, others are guaranteed to stand the test of time — both in quality and style. Here are five bags by SA designers — each one astonishingly distinct from the other — that will refresh your wardrobe. 

Thalia Strates — the Allie bag: R4,500

The Allie bag.
The Allie bag.
Image: Thalia Strates
The Allie bag.
The Allie bag.
Image: Thalia Strates

The Allie bag is named after the designer’s father, Allan, and was her first-ever style made in 2011. It features a magnetic snap closure, suede lining, a small internal slot and four card slots, and has a detachable wrist strap. Perfect for a night out, or a dinner date, this design is a definite head-turner. 

 

Inga Atelier — Umshakazi purse: R6,547.90

Umshakazi purse.
Umshakazi purse.
Image: Inga Atelier
Umshakazi purse.
Umshakazi purse.
Image: Inga Atelier

Available in both black and white, the Umshakazi (meaning newly wed bride) Purse by Inga Atelier is beautiful to look at, adaptable and will complement anything you wear. It comes with a detachable strap for the days when you’re on the go and an inside pocket for your small essentials. 

 

Rich Mnisi — glitter half-moon flat leather card holder: R6,199

Glitter half-moon flat leather card holder.
Glitter half-moon flat leather card holder.
Image: Rich Mnisi
Glitter half-moon flat leather card holder.
Glitter half-moon flat leather card holder.
Image: Rich Mnisi

If you’re looking for something tiny that will still make a statement, then the Rich Mnisi glitter card holder bag was made for you. The bag is only 15cm x 9cm, making it big enough to hold only your smallest items. It’s made from genuine calf nappa leather with a suede lining.

 

Thebe Magugu — fringed drawcord bag: R3,750

Fringed drawcord bag.
Fringed drawcord bag.
Image: Thebe Magugu
Fringed drawcord bag.
Fringed drawcord bag.
Image: Thebe Magugu

The fringed drawcord bag, with a printed satin front, a faux-fur back and fringing that drapes down from the hem, is a bag that you will enjoy wearing every time you pull it out of your closet. It’s fun and flirty while still maintaining an elegance about it. 

 

Hamethop — Tiebele arc bag: R14,800

Tiebele arc bag.
Tiebele arc bag.
Image: Hamethop

The Tiebele arc bag is unexpected and endearing; it is wearable art and an undeniable statement piece. The most striking aspect is its shape, which mimics the pattern of African architectural structures. Named after a village in Burkina Faso, this bag was made for the bold.

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