No longer exclusively reserved for beachside getaways or picnics in the park, summer accessories made out of natural materials such as straw, palm leaves, and raffia channel the carefree spirit of summer dressing. Season after season, these sustainable materials have luxury labels and small contemporary brands alike dreaming up new ways to elevate their seasonal offerings. From statement-making hats to it-status handbags, the following must-have fashion items will surely inject a little bit of fun and artisanal interest to all your breezy summer looks.
Jacquemus ‘Le Chapeau Bomba’ Hat
Who really needs a beach parasol when you have Jacquemus’ wide-brimmed Le Chateau Bomba to shield you from the rays? Jaws dropped to the grown when Simon Porte Jacquemus sent models down his Fashion Week SS18 runway topped with this oversized floppy headdress. The exceptionally stylish straw hat has since been featured in countless print and video visuals including the French label’s own Gordon von Steiner-directed SS18 short fashion film La Bomba. Hats off to anyone who can carry this look!
Cult Gaia’s Lilleth Bag
Established in 2012 by Jasmin Larian, Cult Gaia has has garnered quite a cult following among the fashion set. It was virtually impossible to refresh your Instagram explore page without seeing images of the Los Angeles-based brand’s semicircular-shaped Ark bag clutched around by celebrities and fashion bloggers. This season, the label’s most recent “It” bag, The Lilleth, is at once simplistic and intricate. Handcrafted from natural bamboo and rendered in a structural bird cage-like design, this collapsible style can be completely flattened, making it super easy to slip into your suitcase while traveling. And priced under $220, this statement carryall will rank up your summer styling stakes without breaking the bank.
Brother Vellies’ Nusa Clutch
Established in 2013 by designer and all-around girl boss Aurora James, Brooklyn-based accessories brand Brother Vellies aims to honour the spirit of African and Indonesian artisanal craftsmanship while sustaining local jobs through an eclectic offering of fashionable yet sustainably-viable shoes, handbags and hats. Handcrafted by local Indonesian artisans using traditional weaving methods, the Nusa Clutch is made from sun-dried palm leaves. Its structured shape and compact size makes it the perfect style for those of you looking to cary the basket bag trend from day to night.
Brother Vellies X Gigi Burris Field Visor
So it looks like visors are making a comeback and this woven straw style, another great piece from Brother Vellies (#sorrynotsorry, I just love this brand!), strikes the perfect balance between bold sophistication and functionality. Handmade in New York as part of a special collaboration with modern milliner Gigi Burris, the Field Visor is a great style to protect you from the sun while flaunting your just-left-the-salon summer beach waves. Crafted from beautiful Madagascar straw, it features a curved brim and lustrous silk ribbon tie fastenings. Offered in natural/black and natural/blush.
So whether you plan on beach tanning on a paradise island, lawn lounging in your favourite park or street stomping this summer, make like the fashion crowd’s best-dressed darlings and embrace this season’s must-have accessories made from natural materials.