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20 Stylish and Eye-catching Handbags

2013-10-01 11:20:47

It is hard to go wrong with a stylish artisan handbag.

  1. Red Victoria Leather Purse

    From $129.95

    Evoke the classic elegance of Victoriana without uncomfortable bustles, courtesy of our luxurious red leather purse handmade by leather artisans in Colombia. With brass feet and convenient interior pockets for wallet and phone, it's the perfect combination of new world convenience and old-world attention to detail.

    • 100% leather with nylon lining
    • Zippered top
    • Brass feet
    • Interior features 1 zippered and 2 open pockets
    • 12" H with 15" W x 5" D footprint (30.5 x 38.1 x 12.7 cm)
    • Handmade in Colombia
  2. Azure Dreams Leather Purse

    From $119.95

    Function becomes beautiful with the dreamy depths of our azure blue leather purse. Handmade by leather artisans in Colombia, the lined interior features pockets and a coin purse to keep you organized, while the exterior pampers you with a sumptuous shade of blue just this side of a dream.

    • 100% leather with nylon lining
    • Attached leather coin purse
    • Zippered top
    • Interior features 1 zippered and 2 open pockets
    • 11" H x 11" W x 6" D (27.9 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm)
    • Handmade in Colombia
  3. Cotton hobo handbag, 'Patna Partridge'

    From $49.99
    Succulent summer strawberries entice a plump partridge amid delightful floral appliqué. Crafted of cotton canvas, the hobo handbag is designed by Sandeep Manaktala. Embroidery, vibrant colors and two inner pockets — one with a zipper — distinguish the charming purse. Made in India.
    • Dry clean only
    • Features a magnetic button closure
    • Bag:
         8.0" H x 17.3" W x 6.8" D
      Straps:
         14.5" L x 1.2" W
      Strap drop length:
         5.8" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.6 lb
    • 100% cotton, plastic buttons, iron hook, rayon trim. Polyester and cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 12 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  4. Antique Sari Evening Bag

    From $28.95
    Colors: Blue, Burgundy

    An evening bag that exudes vintage style. Handmade by a women's cooperative in New Delhi from antique saris that would otherwise be destroyed for their gold and silver content. By putting old saris to new use, the original craftsmanship is preserved and each bag becomes a new work of art. All that, and women artisans earn a fair wage.

    • Burgundy or Indigo
    • Recycled sari & cotton
    • Magnetic clasp on front flap
    • Zippered interior pocket
    • 6" H x 9" W x 2" D (15.2 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India
  5. Bling Bling Sling Bag

    From $29.95
    Colors: Red, Brown

    Luminous and ornate, the traditional sari is a celebration of life in textiles. Recycled wedding saris are hand-embroidered to create this beautiful bag, preserving the rich heritage of Indian artistry and culture.

    • Brown, Red, or Turquoise
    • 65% polyester/35% nylon shell, 100% polyester lining, recycled sari accents
    • Toggle button closure
    • 8.5" H x 8" W (21.6 x 20.3 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

    Due to the recycled nature of this bag, colors will vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

  6. Blue Bandolera Leather Purse

    From $72.95

    Maintaining a fashionably classic look is effortless with our suede sling purse. Dyed a fetching electric blue, your essentials are held within smart details and long-last stitching handcrafted by Colombian artisans.

    • 100% suede leather with nylon lining
    • Magnetic closure on front flap
    • Zippered exterior pocket under flap
    • 48" L shoulder strap (121.9 cm)
    • 7" H x 10" W x 2.5" D (17.8 x 25.4 x 6.4 cm)
    • Handmade in Colombia
  7. Cotton & leather shoulder bag, 'Evening Dew'

    From $89.99
    Lovely as the evening dew, handwoven cotton distinguishes this trendy design. Talented Maya women sponsored by the Pro-Teje Committee create the fabric on the backstrap loom, which dates from pre-Hispanic times. Brown leather trim adds contemporary style to the handbag. It boasts an inner zipper pocket as well as a cell phone pouch. A silvery buckle on the shoulder strap permits the length to be adjusted.
    • Adjustable strap(s)
    • Features a magnetic button closure
    • Bag:
         12.2" H x 13.4" W x 4.9" D
      Strap (maximum):
         32.3" L x 0.8" W
    • Weight: 1.0 lb
    • 100% cotton and leather, brass buckle. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Please allow 12 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  8. Zapotec wool shoulder bag, 'Violet Duality'

    From $56.69
    I was inspired by the duality that surrounds us, confides Mexico's Alberto Ruiz referring to the design of this shoulder bag. He weaves the bag on a traditional pedal loom with techniques developed by the Zapotec people, including dying the virgin wool with natural pigments. There's a pocket in the cotton canvas lined interior, and the straps are braided by hand. Made in Mexico.
    • Dry in the shade
    • Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
    • Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
    • Bag:
         11.5" H x 14.3" W x 2.8" D
      Straps:
         30.5" L x 0.6" W
      Drop length:
         10.8" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.8 lb
    • 100% wool with cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 7 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  9. Alpaca blend shoulder bag, 'Blushing Pink'

    From $59.99
    Yurivilca Family designs a shoulder bag of intense elegance featuring three blushing flowers crocheted by hand. Woven on a traditional loom with a rich alpaca blend, the deep pink bag is fully lined with cotton and has two practical pockets. Made in Peru.
    • Features a magnetic button closure
    • Bag:
         15.4" H x 21.3" W x 0.6" D
      Straps:
         28.0" L x 1.4" W
      Drop length:
         13.8" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.8 lb
    • 50% alpaca, 50% acrylic. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  10. Antique Sari Foldover Clutch

    From $32.95
    Colors: Blue, Black, Burgundy

    This little number exudes vintage style. Handmade by a women's cooperative in New Delhi from antique saris that would otherwise be destroyed for their gold and silver. By putting old saris to use, the original craftsmanship is preserved, each bag becomes a new work of art, and women artisans earn a fair wage. Nothing to be sari about!

    • Black, Burgundy, or Indigo
    • Recycled sari
    • 6" H x 8.5" W (15.2 x 21.6 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

    Colors and designs vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

  11. Cotton shoulder bag, 'Apricot Afternoon'

    From $42.99
    Cheery apricot and deep rich ginger combine in a floral print handbag. By Jurairat in Thailand, it closes with an elephant button carved from coconut shell. Fully lined, it features two inner pockets. Made in Thailand.
    • Features a button closure
    • Dry in the shade
    • Hand wash separately in cold water
    • Bag:
         19.0" W x 15.0" H
      Straps:
         25.5" L x 1.8" W
      Strap drop length:
         13.0" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.3 lb
    • 100% cotton, coconut shell button. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Thailand. Please allow 9 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  12. Antique Sari Crescent Purse

    From $38
    Colors: Green

    This darling crescent purse is perfect for the holiday season or any time of year a little understated razzle-dazzle is the order of the occasion! Crafted by a women's cooperative in New Delhi that creates purses from antique saris that would otherwise be burned to recover their gold or silver content. By putting old saris to use in new handbags, the original craftsmanship is preserved and each bag becomes a work of art -- and the women of the cooperative earn badly-needed income to care for their children and households. Expect each bag to vary and be a bit unique -- just like the women who once wore the original sari!

    Available in your choice of Green or Turquoise, each bag is lined with silky 100% polyester satin. Bag secures with a magnetic closure and features a zippered pocket and pouch for your cell phone on opposite sides of the interior.

    Bag measures 13" x 6.5" x 3.5" (33 x 16.5 x 8.9 cm). Material: Bag shell is 75% cotton canvas, 25% polyester. Front piece is 100% recycled sari fabric. Handmade in and fairly traded from India.

  13. A Thousand Adventures Sling Bag

    From $24.95

    A journey of a thousand adventures begins with the first step -- like tossing your day-tripping gear into our fabulous sling bag and greeting the world with passion. Handmade in the Himalayan village of Pokero, Nepal.

    • 100% cotton
    • Zippered top
    • Coconut shell button top closure
    • Spacious interior side pocket
    • Cellphone pouch on strap with velcro closure
    • 11" H x 9.75" W x 4" D (27.92 x 24.8 x 10.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Designs and colors vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.

  14. Dotty Handbag

    From $38.95
    Colors: Black, Brown

    Polka-dot whimsy to accompany you on your daily jaunts. Gorgeously handmade with silk and wool.

    Made by a women's artisan group in Vietnam whose members support themselves primarily through creating handicrafts. They meet weekly and share ideas and suggestions regarding working conditions, productivity improvement, development, and pay. The group also provides skills training for disabled women, teaching life skills and boosting confidence.

    • Black, Brown, or Green
    • Silk & wool
    • Magnetic closure
    • Interior zipper compartment
    • Interior open cell phone pocket
    • 12.5" H x 15" W x 5" D (31.7 x 38.1 x 13.3 cm
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Vietnam
  15. Recycled Huipil Tiny Bouquet Pouch

    From $12.95

    One word: vivacious. Passionate blooms bring the vibrance of Mayan culture to your couture in an opulent banquet for the eyes...breathtaking. Perfect for a pair of theater tickets and lipstick.

    The indigenous Mayans still living in Guatemala are well known for their colorful native dress, lovingly created by hand on vintage looms. The huipil (wa-peel) is a traditional blouse carefully woven with intricate patterns incorporated into the fabric or embroidered on top. Each village has their own design and unique color combination -- many of which have remained unchanged since pre-Columbian times.

    • 100% cotton
    • Zips at top
    • 5" T x 4.75" W (12.5 x 12 cm) with a 25" L strap (63.5 cm)
    • Made in and fairly traded from Guatemala
    Due to the nature of recycled huipil, each pouch is unique. Please allow us to choose for you.
  16. Cotton hobo handbag, 'Summer Sonnet'

    From $49.99
    Pale gray and salmon mingle with summer greens in a handbag by women from Maya Traditions. Woven by hand on the backstrap loom, the cotton fabric becomes a fully lined tote. An inner zipper pocket and a button closure complete the shoulder bag.
    • Features a button closure
    • Dry in the shade
    • Hand wash separately in cold water
    • Bag:
         10.0" H x 16.0" W x 4.0" D
      Straps:
         25.0" L x 1.0" W
      Strap drop length:
         14.5" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.6 lb
    • 100% cotton, plastic button. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Please allow 9 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  17. Cotton shoulder bag, 'Aqua Lagoon'

    From $54.99
    Natural dyes from palo de pito transform cotton into a cool aqua green. Woven by hand on a traditional backstrap loom, the fabric becomes a handbag by Maya women from To'ooneel Ixoq. Motifs in the center of the purse showcase jaspe, a tie-dye technique. Fully lined, the attractive tote features a convenient inner pocket with a zipper. The bag closes with a button of avocado wood.
    • Features a button closure
    • Dry in the shade
    • Hand wash in cold water
    • Color(s) may vary slightly
    • Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
    • Bag:
         10.5" H x 12.0" W x 1.8" D
      Straps:
         22.0" L x 1.2" W
      Drop length:
         13.0" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.4 lb
    • 100% cotton, avocado wood button. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Please allow 9 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  18. Cotton shoulder bag, 'Maya Bouquet'

    From $69.99
    Elegant in shades of lavender and pastels, this shoulder bag celebrates Guatemala's millenary textile traditions. The modern design of the bag includes an external pocket on the flap, which features a hand-tied fringe falling on the back. There is a zipper pocket in the brown lined interior. The bag is woven with classic techniques on a backstrap loom featuring the jaspe technique. The main cotton bag ties into a knot under the flap with belts that feature the same pattern as the double shoulder straps.
    • Features a button closure
    • All natural dyes
    • Hand wash separately in cold water
    • Color and/or motif may vary slightly
    • Bag:
         13.0" H x 12.0" W x 8.0" D
      Straps:
         26.0" L x 1.3" W
      Drop length:
         12.0" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.7 lb
    • 100% cotton with cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Please allow 9 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  19. Cotton hobo bag, 'Chiang Rai Winter'

    From $39.99
    Crafted with hand-spun cotton, this blue and brown hobo bag by Thai designer Kanjana is trendy in every season. Lucky brass bells adorn the front pocket while a zipper closes the pocket in the black lined interior. Brown, red and white pompoms add a flirtatious accent to the bag which closes with a magnetic button. Made in Thailand.
    • Features a magnetic button closure
    • Bag:
         10.6" H x 10.2" W x 6.3" D
      Straps:
         21.3" L x 0.8" W
      Drop length:
         11.8" from strap to handbag
    • Weight: 0.7 lb
    • 100% cotton with polyester trim and brass bells. Cotton lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Thailand. Please allow 10 to 18 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  20. Tree of Life Sling Bag

    From $19.95

    Branches reach majestically skyward, embodying the unity and inherent beauty of all life. Our patchwork sling bag celebrate the mysteries of the universal Tree of Life with delicacy and power.

    • 100% cotton
    • Zippered & button top
    • Small pocket on strap
    • Interior zippered pocket
    • 40" L strap (101.6 cm)
    • 12" H x 12" W x 4" D (30.5 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm)
    • Spot clean only
    • Fairly traded from Nepal

    Designs and colors vary. Please allow us to choose one for you.