Long before everyone adopts a handbag trend, an It-bag, or a rising handbag brand, it, without a doubt, falls into one of two categories: Either, it’s from a Black-owned business, or the Black community champions it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my community and even queen Beyoncé herself donning an indie brand or micro-trend—only for it to blow up shortly after. Look at examples like Telfar’s Shopper Tote and Brandon Blackwood’s End Systemic Racism Tote. And the fashion set is filled with so many incredibly influential people across all backgrounds who will always pull up and support BIPOC-owned brands.
As a Black woman, I derive so much joy from seeing how, time and again, we carry the trends. But it’s not just the bag collectors like me who are swinging these bags over their shoulders. There are so many incredible Black designers who are leading the culture and doing it for the culture right now. In that vein, I’ve rounded up 19 Black-owned handbag brands to shop year-round. Whether they’ve reached cult status or are still growing, you’ll want to get your hands on these before it’s too late.