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13 Instantly-Classic Leather Handbags to Shop Now

From simple totes to bright statement pieces, here are all the leather bags you'll want to add to your cart this season.
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Chances are, you have a leather handbag somewhere in your wardrobe, whether it’s the workhorse you haul to the office every day or the tiny shoulder bag you wear on a night out. There’s a reason why the material is so ubiquitous: it’s durable, ages elegantly, and thankfully comes in a myriad of shades, textures, and patterns. Play it safe with a simple, slouchy black leather tote, or instead opt for a structured handheld bag in a bright hue. Either way, there’ll be no fuss about dodging the rain or shielding your bag from potential stains as leather’s patina only makes it look better over time.

We’ve put together a selection of all the leather handbags you’ll want to pick up this season, from classic styles to modern shapes and statement-making silhouettes.

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies founder Aurora James created the brand with the intention of keeping traditional African design practices alive. This croc-embossed shoulder bag features a removable strap carved in Kenya from a single piece of hardwood.

Brother Vellies Ghana Shoulder Bag, $1,250, Brother Vellies

Coperni

This tiny leather handbag from French label Coperni comes in a sweet baby pink shade. The contemporary curved shape embraces the brand’s tech-inspired design ethos.
 

Coperni Swipe Mini Leather Tote, $267, Net-a-Porter

Gucci

When you see the horsebit, you know it’s Gucci. The brand’s signature detail takes center stage while two-toned leather in rich tones makes this bucket bag an easy one to carry from day into night.
 

Gucci Morsetto Bucket Bag, $1,980, Net-a-Porter

Reike Nen

Who’s hungry? This slouchy leather bag from Reike Nen certainly lives up to its name, and can also be worn a myriad of ways. Sport it as a shoulder leather handbag or fold it in half to wear as a compact wristlet.

Reike Nen Croissant Leather Shoulder Bag, $400, Moda Operandi

The Row

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row is known for their simple silhouettes perfected in luxe fabrics, and this leather handbag is no exception. The roomy tote holds all the essentials, and looks incredibly chic hanging off one shoulder.

The Row Bindle Two Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,590, Net-a-Porter

Little Lifner

Scandinavian label Little Lifner’s ‘Mademoiselle’ bag is aptly named, and why not kick the ladylike shape up a notch with lizard-effect leather in a pastel-lime shade? Carry it with everything from midi dresses to denim.

Little Lifner Mademoiselle Lizard-Effect Leather Top-Handle Bag, $238, Moda Operandi

Loewe

Loewe’s beloved hammock bag gets a summer update with a hand-crocheted trim and soft drawstring sides.

Loewe Hammock Small Crochet-Trimmed Leather Bag, $2,750, Matches Fashion

The Sant

Based in Barcelona, The Sant creates handbags with Japanese design principles in mind. The result is wearable bags with avant-garde shapes that are sure to start a conversation.

The Sant Cream Hinadan Bag, $660, The Sant

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta’s iconic intrecciato technique takes on a more exaggerated form in this crossbody bag. The slightly blown-up proportions and icy blue smooth nappa leather make this a statement-making addition to your wardrobe.

Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Bag, $2,800, Bottega Veneta

Mark Cross

Designed with vintage coin purses in mind, this leather handbag by Mark Cross is as versatile as it is elegant. Gold tones and retro details make it a chic wear-anywhere option.

Mark Cross Susanna Leather Clutch Bag, $1,533, Matches Fashion

Alexander McQueen

This calfskin bag by Alexander McQueen can be worn handheld using the front gold handle or over the shoulder using the chain strap. Contrast stitching and a red suede lining add luxe details.

Alexander McQueen The Story Shoulder Bag, $2,290, Alexander McQueen

Mansur Gavriel

A pleated silhouette and contrasting grey blue lambskin interior make this staple from Mansur Gavriel more than your average leather handbag. The bag’s rusty brown shade adds a vintage touch.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Pleated Bucket Bag, $695, Mansur Gavriel

Imago-A

This leather shoulder bag comes in a mood-boosting shade and fun, retro shape. It’s a winning addition to all your warm-weather looks.

Imago-A Lucite Buckle Mini, $256, Assembly

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