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It's Raffia Bag Season - But You've Never Seen One As Chic As This

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More suited to a Hamptons beach club than a day out on the pier, the humble beach bag has had a serious glow up courtesy of Aspinal of London.

The raffia bag – it’s the quintessential icon of beach getaways. Traditionally, they’re fairly supersized so they can fit everything you’d need for the day, from your beach towel to a homemade sandwich baguette, a good book and your SPF. These bags don't mind getting a little down and dirty in the sand and, let's be honest, they look great. So much so that in recent years they’ve seamlessly transitioned from sandy shores to city streets, with smaller, chicer sizes and styles more adept for life away from the shore. But this summer's woven bag obsession is less beach bum, more beach club. Think more along the lines of The Hamptons, darling, or the French Riviera. And it's all down to Aspinal of London

Despite being very much known for its leather creations, the British luxury brand's Eternal Summer collection is a testament to the timeless elegance of raffia, redefining the woven bag aesthetic with a sophisticated twist. Picture yourself sipping champagne on a day bed or dining al fresco overlooking the marina – that's the vibe Aspinal of London brings to the table with its take on the trend. Weave takes centre stage across iconic Aspinal designs such as the Henley, Mayfair, Camera Bag, and Woven Clutch for SS24, solidifying their status as the ultimate summer accessory whatever event you have lined up in the diary. Across four new weave styles, shades of tan, sand, straw, and ivory evoke bronzed holiday glows and alluring beaches, elevating summertime outfits and encapsulating that classically cool summer aesthetic. 

Looking for a more elegant update on the traditional beach bag? Look to the Henley tote in the Natural Raffia finish – it’s a roomy, versatile everyday style with a refined raffia look that will give you maximum wear. Looking for something you can wear to a destination wedding with a posh frock? Tap into the Midi Mayfair with embroidered chevron detail and cool white leather trims – it’s fresh, modern and far too pretty to stuff with crisps and a kindle. Whatever you go for you, you can rely on it to be beautifully crafted from the finest materials, in a style that feels clean, contemporary yet completely timeless – exactly what you want when investing in a designer bag. 

So, whether you’re planning a trip to the crystalline coastline or intend to spend much of your free time sipping cocktails on the sand, scroll on to find the raffia bag from Aspinal of London that suits your summer 2024 beach personality. 

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Aspinal of London Raffia Midi Mayfair Bag

Bringing a summer edge to this seriously-loved vintage inspired style, the popular Midi Mayfair has been given a summer makeover with woven raffia and full-grain leather. The dinkier size makes this a go-to accessory for event season while still being large enough to stash your essentials, with an aesthetic that's relaxed enough to accompany you on holiday too. Just picture it - it will look just as pretty held by the handle while wearing a cotton midi dress and heels as it will worn with the strap with a waistcoat, shorts and sandals.

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Aspinal of London Camera Bag

Looking for something super, super versatile? This is it. A perfectly proportioned rectangular bag with a leather strap so you can hold your phone and ice-cream at the same time, the Aspinal Camera bag will go with absolutely everything in your wardrobe. It's fuss free, handcrafted from woven raffia and featuring that all-important hint of leather. It's also really robust so you can really rely on it summer after summer.

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Aspinal of London Raffia Henley Tote Bag

A statement bag for the city or a staple for the beach, the Henley Raffia Tote Bag is the closest design to a traditional beachy straw bag - but so much more refined. Combining style and practicality, it features two mobile-sized pockets in the otherwise open, spacious interior; perfect for meeting the demands of a long summer's day.

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Aspinal of London Raffia Chevron Midi Mayfair Bag

We have to give a moment to spotlight the chevron raffia. It puts such a fresh and modern spin on the classic raffia look and feels all the more chic for it. I particularly love in on the Midi Mayfair, and can see it transitioning from sightseeing companion to the envy of a summernight's party.

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The Midi Mayfair is a best-seller for good reason - and there are so many new summer colourways

Discover the full summer collection

It's not just raffia on the menu - explore some of Aspinal's leather classics refreshed for summer in fresh coastal tones that are simply perfect for now.

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