Nothing shouts luxurious like the interwoven designs of a smooth leather tote bag. Basket-weaved accessories always make a great alternative to a solid-leather handbag as their textured assemblies make attractive selections and add ladylike flair to your daily look.
If you want a luxe leather woven accessory, there’s an alternative to the high-end designer pieces out there. This Antik Batik is great for the savvy spending Bagista that prefers an alternative to the high-end four-digit price tag tote.
Antik Batik is one of my favorite designers for boho-chic handbags. The brains behind the brand, Gabriella Cortese, was born in Italy and studied art in Paris. Her designs are reflection of her travels. She learned the art of Batik while in Bali and she was exposed to hand-dying/embroidery techniques while in India. The result is some exotic designs that still have some function. I’m always excited to see what’s new from this designer. So when I spotted the Antik Batik Hida Besace Bag, I had to swoop in for a closer look!
When I was a kid, I remember going with my mom to craft shows. They were apparently very popular back then. The local shopping mall would host them all the time and craftspeople would rent a “booth” outside the stores, in the open spaces. I remember my mom buying me a wooden sign that said “BRS’s Room” on it. I was so pleased to hang it on my bedroom door. Events like these are very rare now, I really only see them at the county fair. Oddly enough though, the latest so-called trend in the world of handbags is this thing they call the “crafted” look. Hmm… correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this just look like boho-chic stuff? Check out the Antik Batik Aden Embroidered Tote, for example.
When it comes to chain details on handbags, I always say the more the merrier! They are such a fun detail! Plus I love how such a simple thing can provide so much variety. From dainty to chunky and everything in between, chains on handbags is something that will never go out of style! But out of all the bags I have seen with this feature, never had I seen one quite as awe-inspiring as this one you see here. Introducing the Antik Batik Anka 1 Suede Shoulder Bag!
It has been a fun week looking at the new handbags out there. The rich berry color of the Antik Batik Bongo Bag really caught my eye. I love the rich berry color of this bag which is perfect for any season!
The Italian born Gabriella Cortese is the designer behing Antik Batik. She learned dressmaking and embroidery skills from her grandmother before the age of 18. Balinese artisans taught her the skills of hand-dying and further enhanced her embroidery skills. The Bongo bag exemplifies her mastery with color and needlework!