Summer is the season for flaunting, whether you’re on the beach or at the club. For the perfect summer handbag, think playful colours, daring materials, and the kind of versatility that summer’s spontaneity requires. Below, Handbags Specialist Caitlin Donovan picks a few of her summer favourites from this month’s recent releases on Christie’s Handbag Shop.
Chanel Lucite Lego Clutch
Chanel is a heritage brand that prides itself on staying true to the vision and ideals of its great founder, Coco Chanel. Chanel’s current creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, continues that tradition, while not being afraid to play with style, colour or whimsy. Playful, yet streamlined, Chanel’s Lucite Lego clutch is the perfect example of Lagerfeld’s contemporary vision applied to the classic evening clutch — a welcomed addition to your summer ensemble that’s sure to elevate any outfit, for any occasion.
Hermès 35cm Rouge Vif Ostrich Birkin Bag
Hermès’ use of color and exotic materials has long distinguished the brand from its competitors. This exquisite 35cm red ostrich Birkin is a true work of art. Its large size shows off the evenly sized, symmetrical ostrich quills (ostrich quills can be very rough and rugged, but Hermès is exacting in its selections), which, presented here in the iconic Hermes Rouge Vif colour, are sure to draw attention. Bright and unmistakable, Rouge Vif is the perfect red hue for summer months — flawless when paired with dark or light hues, and sure to become your perfect summer carryall.
Hermès 40cm Vert Bengale Epsom Birkin Bag
Summer travel calls for big bags and bright colours, and this 40cm Vert Bengale Birkin is the perfect marriage of both. Its exaggerated size allows for all your daily necessities, with plenty of room for more. Made from durable Epsom leather, this Birkin is the perfect piece for sightseeing in a foreign city or for traveling to an exotic island. It’s casual. It’s upbeat. It’s just what summer calls for.
Hermès Bourgogne alligator and lizard H Marquetry Constance Bag
The Constance, with its large H-shaped hardware closure and streamlined design is both feminine and wearable. Easily worn hands-free, this bag is perfect for running around town during the day, then seamlessly transitioning to night. While this 18cm Constance is small in size, this Marquetry iteration is sure to attract every accessory lover who sees it. Offered here in a beautiful, shiny burgundy alligator, contrasted with a Rougue Moyen Lizard-inlayed ‘H’ clasp, this Marquetry would be a highlight of even the most avid enthusiast’s collection.
Hermès Matte Mimosa Alligator Jige Duo
While exotic skin bags often appear precious, matte alligator reads as both chic and casual, an uncommon feat for such a coveted and pricey material. This bag’s pop sensibility — with its bright, glowing color that adds warmth to any outfit — evokes the feeling of summer, outdoors and in. A study in agreeable contrasts, the bag fuses casual style, a daring summery hue, and an exotic matte skin, resulting in the perfect summer clutch. The detachable interior pocket elevates this bag even further, making it not only chic but functional.
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