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12 Australian Designer Bag Brands For Every Cool Girl

Bag lady.

There’s something about a beautiful bag that’s almost magic. Whether it’s the supple craft of the leather or the clean lines of the handle — we’re totally obsessed with finding and tracking down the ultimate bag. In Australia, designer handbags have their own appeal and magic thanks to the handful of impressive homegrown brands making them.

There’s Australian icons such as Oroton with its classic shapes, as well as newbies like Sans Beast, who are shaking up the way we think about materials. 

So here, we’ve rounded up the must-have Australian handbag labels worth your time. You’re welcome!

Best Australian Designer Handbag Brands

Oroton is an iconic Australian designer of handbags, jewellery, accessories and more.

Oroton

One of Australia’s premiere accessories brands, Oroton makes classic and statement shapes in a range of materials. Loved by Meghan Markle, the label was recently taken over by Sophie Holt, who has spearheaded the creative direction of the brand in a minimal, aesthetic way.

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State Of Escape Australian designer bags.

State Of Escape

You’ve probably already seen State Of Escape’s iconic neoprene bags at your local gym or slung over the shoulder of an on-the-go woman, maybe without realising. So for those who aren’t already acquainted, welcome. Known for their active take on the classic tote, this Sydney based label is a must for anyone with a hectic lifestyle.

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The Daily Edited Australian designer bag.

The Daily Edited

For a lover of the monogram, The Daily Edited is the answer. One of Australia’s original monogramming accessories line, TDE makes everything from bucket bags to clutches and so much more — all stamped with your initials. Cute!

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Status Anxiety is an Australian designer brand that makes stylish, simple bags, apparel and more.

Status Anxiety

One for the cool kids, Status Anxiety is all about great quality leather pieces with simple, minimal designs. Whether it’s one of their classic carryalls or something a little smaller, Status Anxiety has earned its place within Australia’s accessories hall of fame.

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An Australian designer bag by Rylan offers timeless style.

Rylan

Founded by Brooke Testoni, Rylan’s design ethos is all about crafting timeless pieces that you’ll want to keep forever. Whether it’s a fresh take on the classic baguette or a structured snakeskin number, Rylan has something for every It girl.

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Mimco is an Australian brand that offers designer handbags, accessories and more.
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Mimco

Born in Melbourne and now one of Australia’s most loved accessories brands, Mimco is all in the details. From a glitzy, blingy wallet holder to a chic bucket bag, Mimco has something for everyone.

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Australian designer brand The Horse specialises in leather goods, including bags.

The Horse

While they might be primarily known for their cult-like watches, The Horse is also a go-to for well crafted leather goods. From cute clutches to supple backpacks, there’s a pastel-coloured piece for everyone.

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Sans Beast is an Australian designer brand specialising in vegan bags and accessories.

Sans Beast

For those who want their leather, but they don’t really want the leather, this is for you. Started by an ex Mimco designer, Sans Beast is exactly what it sounds like: an accessories label sans real leather. With chic designs in fashion forward styles, it’s breaking new ground for vegan accessories in Australia — and pulling it off.

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Australian designer Respiro Studio's Flower Bag.

Respiro Studio

The sister to Valet Studio — of the hair clips everyone is currently wearing — Respiro Studio is making the cult, hardshell bags that are all over fashion week. Whether you opt for the tortoiseshell top handle or the mint green statement, these uber cute resin bag designs are guaranteed to impress.

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Australian designer brand Prene Bags is known for signature lightweight, vegan-friendly designs.

Prene Bags

What started as a side project, has since turned into one of Australia’s most recognisable pieces. Prene is known for their signature lightweight, machine-washable and vegan-friendly neoprene designs, which have rightfully so amassed a cult following. Perfect for the everyday. 

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A Brie Leon Australian designer handbag.

Brie Leon

With a distinctly vintage aesthetic, Brie Leon brings with it an undeniable cool-girl edge with every piece. From cloud blue satin buckets to shiny leather baguettes, the local label has already gained a following of loyal fans. The brand also has a commitment to sustainability, crafting pieces from sustainable materials and only making two releases a year.   

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Australian designer VESTIRSI's collection of versatile bags can complement any outfit.

VESTIRSI

Bringing high-quality, affordable leather to the modern woman, VESTIRSI’s collection of versatile and timeless bags are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. All pieces are made in Italy (the birthplace of the world’s finest leather) combined with handmade production by Italian artisans, resulting in exceptionally made, quality products.

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Which luxury bag is worth buying in Australia?

The best luxury and designer bags are ones you can use for years because they work with different fashion trends and occasions. Ideally, any bag you buy should add value through its design, with both practical and aesthetic features that suit your style.

So when you’re looking for the perfect bag, there’s a lot to consider. What size do you want? How about the function? Is it a day bag or a night bag? These questions are important, as they will form the basis of your bag quest.

Of course, opting for something made locally is always best, but check the materials to ensure you’re getting something sturdy that will stand the test of time.

Finally, it’s all about choosing the right brand. While international designers like Coach, Kate Spade and Prada are popular choices, sometimes it’s worth a look for a band closer to home here in Australia. If anything, they’ll ship to your house faster than the rest!

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