Handbags are more than utilitarian carry-alls, they can also be a piece of art, a statement, or a way to intentionally support a business. Through movements like #BuyBlack and the 15 Percent Pledge, Black-owned brands have recently generated the attention they deserve. Labels like Telfar are so popular that their bags sell out immediately and are spotted on everyone from A-list celebrities to those sitting front row at Fashion Week. With this shift, stylists and shoppers alike have started looking to other Black designers for the next big thing. We’ve rounded up the best luxury black-owned handbag brands to keep your closet as diverse as the world around you.
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Blending Scandinavian simplicity and sophistication with Italian quality and design, Yvonne Kone’s namesake label is full of clean, modern designs and rich hues connecting back to the brand's roots in the Ivory Coast. The low-key label is favored by everyone from Danish Royalty to American A-listers. Yvonne Kone bags stand out for their dedicated simplicity, giving you a timeless carryall that will never go out of style.
Mateo New York
Mateo New York may have made its way on the map for its fine jewelry, but its bags are also the perfect accessories. Just like the label’s jewelry, the purses are architecturally inspired and have an art-deco twist. With croc-embossed leather, dainty top handles, and trendy box silhouettes, these bags are the definition of elegant.
Started in 2020 by Denishio Murray, Murway blends luxury, slow fashion and modern design. The brand is centered around artistry and only uses traditional Italian workshops and leather for its gender-neutral products. The signature Momo bag comes in a rainbow of colors to add a pop of color to any outfit.
There are few Black-owned brands that have impacted the industry like Aurora James’ Brother Vellies. James started Vellies with the intention of creating space for traditional African techniques, designs, and aesthetics in the luxury market. Since the brand's founding, James has also started the Fifteen Percent Pledge, which has opened doors for Black-owned brands to be carried at major retailers. Brother Vellies bags have classic silhouettes while staying true to the brand's heart of African inspiration through hand-carved wood handles, rich colors, and unique textiles
If functionality is your fashion, Ashya is the brand for you. Its motto, “ode to exploration,” proves the label’s intention for the women on the go. Ashya’s pieces range from passport holders to ultra-elegant sling bags, all with a focus on quality leather and elite craftsmanship. Michael Kors tapped the brand for an exclusive collaboration in celebration of Kors’ 40th anniversary.
Feminine and unexpected are two words that perfectly describe Edas’ bags. Edas initially launched as a sustainable home goods brand focused on unique and refurbished pieces; it evolved into one of the buzziest sustainable brands on the east coast—with possibly the most pleasing Instagram feed in the business. The brand's eclectic bags, known for their signature oversized buckle, add dimension to every outfit.
Distinctive shapes, angular designs, and Dutch sensibility set Ree Projects' it-bags apart. Through a focus on form and shape, the Amsterdam-based brand has mastered the ultra-modern design that balances a timeless aesthetic. Designer Desiree Kleinem creates unique bags with signature call-outs like the envelope-inspired shape. Perfect for the woman who wants a bag that only the truly in-the-know own.
Brooklyn-based brand Vavvoune melds modern design with a nostalgic aesthetic. Self-taught designer Valerie Blasie’s designs are classic and functional, but quirky enough to energize any look. Expect vintage-inspired pieces in updated shapes and colors—who knew pear green could be a neutral?
Not only are these bags stylish, but they are also Beyoncé-approved. What started as a small business of handmade bags has blossomed into a much larger operation of bags that are still handmade and follow a zero-waste model of production. Every Anima Iris bag is handcrafted in Senegal. The master artisans use techniques matching those found in Italy but interwoven with their own cultural style. Influences from practices like basket weaving result in unexpected geometric shapes, limited edition colorways, and endless opportunities to customize.
Nothing says posh like a British bag. Florian London bags, designed for professional women who aren’t afraid to have fun, come in shades ranging from classic tan to fiery orange. One year after its founding, the brand won the International Handbag Awards, securing its place as one to watch in the industry.