It may be heard to keep our spirits up in a world plagued by disease and racism, but there can be comfort to be found in material pleasures.

Like bags, which, now that we’re approaching summer, are being offered in all sorts of vibrant designs to boost your mood with. Raffia bags are an obvious choice for the vacation season (which isn’t quite the same this year, but that only means you have more time to plan the next one), but we’ve sifted out the ones that will give off good vibes all around. Speaking of good vibes, fashion brands are also creating accessories that send a message of peace and love, the very things the world needs now.

Check out those and other bags that will bring a smile to your face in our list below.

 

Header photo credit: Vanina

1
Gucci GG Marmont Mini top handle bag

If you have an eye for colour, you’ll delight over Gucci’s new line of GG Marmont bags. Each one is pastel perfection, crafted with matelassé leather in hues like cotton candy pink and baby blue. What will really cheer you up, though, is a detail on the back of the bag: a heart-shaped stitching.

(Photo credit: Gucci)

Price
S$2,490
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2
Celine raffia basket with painting embroidery

It may be a while before you get to soak up the sunset at your favourite holiday spot, but for now you have this Celine bag’s hand-painted, embroidered one to admire. The slogan on the raffia basket tote, which is worded by artist and Celine collaborator David Kramer, is also a great reminder to practice gratitude.

(Photo credit: Celine)

Price
S$2,250
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3
Carolina Santo Domingo fringed raffia tote

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder that life is also full of fun, frivolous pleasures. Like this raffia tote, in all its vibrant-hued glory. With its circular top handle, resin chain strap and colourful trims, the bag will be a sunny addition to your summer outfits.

(Photo credit: Net-a-Porter)

Price
S$669
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4
Vanina hammered-satin tote

Mix a bag and a bouquet and you’ll get this blooming Vanina tote. Each shimmering flower is sustainably made with fabric off-cuts, so you can feel as good about your purchase as it looks.

(Photo credit: Net-a-Porter)

Price
S$684
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5
Saint Laurent raffia cross-body bag

Spread some love with this mini Saint Laurent Lou bag, playfully embroidered with hearts (in black, of course). Made with raffia and leather, the crossbody bag is as light as you’ll feel carrying it around.

(Photo credit: Matches Fashion)

Price
S$1,460
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6
Jacquemus pink check 'Le Chiquito' clutch

There’s something very Animal Crossing about this petite Jacquemus bag. Maybe it’s that pink check pattern, which calls to mind the picnics on the idyllic video game. Regardless, a bag this pretty in pink will make a playful addition to your real summer picnics, whenever that is.

Price
S$724.90
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7
Loewe Gate Pocket in Waterlily

The waterlily, a symbol of peace, is a comforting one to look at — just as comforting as the turquoise hues that accompany it on this Loewe pouch. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your purchase funds a relief efforts for children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Price
S$1,250
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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.