Straw and raffia bag trend started picking up steam a few seasons ago: You may have spotted them on the runway and in street style. But from traditional basket bags to colorful raffia totes, woven bags are officially back for yet another summer of beating out every other handbag style (check our previous favorite, here). Prepare for your expectations to be flipped, because woven cotton bags are the new trend of this summer, with oddly-shaped bucket bags in neutral and neon hues. 

And whether you’re heading away for a weekend at the beach or just searching for that one, end-all-be-all daytime bag, the new woven cotton bag is a no-brainer.

 Our new discovery is Italian label Alienina, which is inspired by both natural and architectural forms. The pieces are handmade in Italy from alternative materials that range from sailing rope to the wicks of oil lamps (plus, they are environmentally sustainable!). The woven cotton bags in our edit are perfect for summer..


If you prefer a more slick alternative, then a basket bag is a go-to option for you. The basket bag conjures up thoughts of seaside holidays, boozy brunch dates and a distinct French girl at the market vibe making it a serious contender for the new season’s most essential bag. These carryalls are exceptionally stylish and surprisingly versatile. A woven hand-held basket, a tote or an oversized shopper, whichever style you choose, it’s sure to be a failsafe option that works for all occasions from a casual springtime stroll to a dinner date. We suggest pairing yours with oversized menswear seperates – think wide-leg trousers and a silky blouse – playful prints or going matchy-matchy with neutral shades like beige and khaki. 

Here they came compact with wicker frames, snakeskin trimming, chain link straps and even topped tropical fruit.