You know that…thing, where something catches your eye (or thoughts) and then you start seeing it everywhere? (Sometimes referred to as “frequency illusion.”) Woven leather bags and shoes aren’t a new phenomenon, but I’ve been noticing an uptick of styles shown recently on social media and in current collections.
One of the attributes of French style I mentioned here is a preference for simple, classic shapes with interesting details. This applies to accessories too. And if you prefer simple and straightforward styles like I do, incorporating some texture can be an easy way to add visual interest. Woven leather (and faux leather) bags and shoes count as texture (and in some cases, pattern).
👉 Style tip: if you wear a lot of black or other monochrome outfits, mixing textures can break up the look and keep it from appearing as a solid block.
Woven leather bags and shoes (and some faux leather too)
Here are a few styles I thought were interesting. If your style personality is more classic and refined, look for simpler, symmetrical weave patterns, and smoother finishes. Those with more Bohemian, natural, or casual style can go a bit rougher. Woven leather also tends have a lighter look than solid, so can be a good choice for spring & summer.
Let’s start off with a good-looking and sensible little crossbody bag. This one has a zipped compartment and two outside pockets. The strap is adjustable. I’ve shown black here, but there are other colors available.
Clare V. bags so often hit that perfect balance between simple and stylish. This “midi sac” camera style crossbody bag is a good size for everyday, running errands, or lunch with friends. There are several colors and finishes available, but I thought this blue in woven leather is a fun choice.
And this one’s a bit more spendy, but just look at that color 💙 and fabulous contrasting weave in the design!
This slouchy messenger bag has both a shorter shoulder strap and longer cross-body strap. And it has plenty of room for all your essentials.
These splashy loafers might not be everyone’s cup of Darjeeling, but they’re just so fun, I couldn’t resist sharing them!
Here’s a more subtle (but still interesting) option. Also available in black and gold.