You’ve got the outfit, shoes and accessories but you are just lacking something to make it perfect: a bag.
And if you’re shopping for one to complete your everyday look, consider sculptural bags. These are the latest trend that’s seen on every it girl and on the runways. Thanks to their unique shape, which references architecture sculpture, they make a statement while being oh-so-functional at the same time.
To get you started, AVENUE ONE recommends these 15 sculptural bags that we know you’d want to snag.
1. Naturae Sacra + NET SUSTAIN Via mini leather and resin tote
Made by hand, this sculptural bag is crafted with premium leather and has a unique narrow, boxy silhouette that fits the most important items you’d want to bring around: a mobile phone, a cardholder, and your signature lipstick.
Its handle can be adjusted so you can carry it either as a tote or over the shoulder.
It retails for US$630 (~S$833.43) at Net-a-Porter.
2. Charles & Keith Asymmetrical Shoulder Bag
Local brand, Charles & Keith, also stocks several stylish sculptural bags. We like this shoulder bag that’s available in chalk and black, which allows you to play with your daily styling and experiment with the perfect look for different occasions.
It retails for S$59.90 at Charles & Keith.
3. Charles & Keith Geometric Tote Bag
For something more work-appropriate, go for this one that plays up on sophistication.
Its structured body makes sure that important documents don’t get folded and it’s also roomy enough for you to put anything you want in it. It is designed with a top handle but comes with a detachable strap if you prefer to hold it over your shoulder.
It retails for S$89.90 at Charles & Keith.
4. Yuzefi Dolores knotted colour-block leather shoulder bag
This quirky bag from Yuzefi was handscrafted in Spain from smooth leather. We especially love how it comes with a unique knot design on the handle as an adorable feature for those who love a subtle fashion statement.
It retails for US$523.44 (~S$694) on Net-A-Porter.
5. Giaquinto Bloom Mini Egret White Shoulder Bag
This has a super distinctive shape that will definitely turn heads while still looking appropriate for everyday use.
It retails for S$1,147 on Reebonz.
6. Loewe Puzzle nano leather shoulder bag
There’s no way you can talk about sculptural bags without mentioning this iconic “cult” bag.
Inspired by origami, this is also the first design Loewe’s Creative Director, Jonathan Anderson created, after being appointed the position.
It retails for US$1,590 (~S$2,103.35) on Loewe and Net-A-Porter.
7. Cult Gaia Taja Rattan tote
If you’re ready to channel some summer vibes, then this bag will be totally up your alley.
Woven from rattan in a structured crescent-moon silhouette, this is best paired with sundresses for an off-duty look.
It retails for US$202.06 (~S$268) on Net-A-Porter .
8. Alaia Editions Corset 22 scalloped leather tote
This bag draws inspiration from the fashion house’s iconic belts from its 1992 collection, with its hourglass shape reminding you of how these belts cinch in at the waist.
Made from supple leather that’s laser-cut to give it its distinctive design and scalloped edges, this bag has a suede interior and is roomy enough for important items like your phone, cardholder, and keys.
It retails for US$2,378.28 (~S$3,154) on Net-A-Porter.
9. S.JOON Teardrop leather tote
The distinctive shape of a sculptural bag is it is one of the factors that make it the hottest trend of the season, and the shape of this teardrop leather tote from S.JOON has definitely grabbed the limelight.
Made from the smooth blush leather, this bag is finished with gold-tone hardware and lined in canvas. More importantly this is a timeless designed that’s unlikely to go out of style.
It retails for US$356.27 (~S$505) on Net-A-Porter.
10. Rejina Pyo Allegra Bag
Featured in Rejina Pyo’s SS21 look book, this curved tote bag has an interesting texture and unique shape that makes it stand out. It also has two inner pockets for you to better organise your belongings.
It retails for US$685 (~S$906) at Rejina Pyo.
11. Ioannes Bento leather tote
Taking inspiration from Japanese lunch boxes (or bento), this leather tote bag from Ioannes is shaped in an adorable cube shape with ‘knots’ that you can tie to keep your belongings secure.
It retails for US$466.73 (~S$619) on Net-A-Porter.
12. Staud Rey mini croc-effect leather tote
If you are into vintage styles, you’d love how this mini tote bag is inspired by top-handle bags from the 1950s. Made with croc-effect leather, the bag comes with a shoulder strap you can put on if you prefer to go hands-free.
It retails for US$244.60 (~S$324) on Net-A-Porter.
13. Bienen-Davis Regine metallic suede and iridescent brass tote
If you are looking to make a bold statement, the iridescent visual and unique shape of this tote bag is going to be your perfect choice.
It can also be transformed into a clutch after removing the iridescent compartment, and has a built-in mirror you can use for quick touch-ups.
It retails for US$2,765.17 (~S$3,667) on Net-A-Porter.
14. BY FAR Frida beaded linen tote
The brand is loved by editors and influencers and it’s no surprise why – just look at the compelling shape of this sculptural bag.
Embellished with beads, this bag is certainly what you should reach for if you want subtle boost of street cred.
It retails for US$291.19 (~S$386, currently on discount) on Net-A-Porter.
15. A.W.A.K.E MODE Lucy padded zebra-print cotton-twill tote
Looking for something bold and playful? Then this bag is for you.
What’s also unique about it compared to sculptural bags is that it is made with a soft and padded material and has lots of space for all of your belongings.
It retails for US$369.82 (~S$490) on Net-A-Porter.