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The Best Designer Summer Bags for 2013

I don’t know about you but for me, summer means one important thing, buying a new designer handbag. I mean, we can’t be expected to rock out our old winter arm candy can we?

Seasonal summer shades are all about pastels, ice cream hues, pretty pale colours or bright neons, not the berry, browns or blacks we associate with autumn and winter. So if you are in the market for a new summer handbag, check our favourites below, and treat yourself this season.

Reed Krakoff – Boxer perforated leather tote – £1,170

Reed Krakoff - Boxer perforated leather tote - £1,170

This is a genius styled handbag, not too dissimilar from Victoria Beckham’s latest offerings, featured on this site a few weeks ago. With a distinctive cut out design, this carryall is practical and yet remains feminine. We love the contrast between the soft cream coloured leather and the clashing bright orange. The name of the bag – Boxer, refers to the knotted straps, which represent the way fighters wrap their hands.

Valextra – B-Cube textured-leather tote – £2,070

Valextra - B-Cube textured-leather tote - £2,070

It’s the beautiful soft colour that sets this bag apart from its rivals. Handmade by Italian craftsmen, this textured tote is structured to make it solid and durable. The pastel leather is complimented with silver hardware, and you can carry it by the top handles or go hands free by attaching the shoulder strap.

MICHAEL Michael Kors – Hamilton large textured-leather tote – £310

MICHAEL Michael Kors - Hamilton large textured-leather tote - £310

In a sumptuous azure hue, this textured-leather tote is actually a revamp of the designer’s classic ‘Hamilton’ styled bag. The padlock, with a designer stamp, will release the top strap, which will open the bag. You have the choice to carry the bag via the top handles or by a shoulder strap.

Mulberry – The Bayswater glossed-leather bag – £1,100

Mulberry - The Bayswater glossed-leather bag - £1,100

Ah Mulberry, who doesn’t want a Mulberry bag? But some are put off by the browns and tan colours, which is why we are so excited by this fabulous light purple ‘Bayswater’ bag. It is perfect for the summer, and features a super glossy leather with gold hardware and buckled straps which work to expand the sides.

Loewe – Flamenco 30 leather shoulder bag – £1,295

Loewe - Flamenco 30 leather shoulder bag - £1,295

Now this is a bit fabulous, the ‘Flamenco’ shoulder bag features gorgeous colour blocked hues of fuchsia and bright orange. The super soft leather is styled into a ruched pulled together ruck sack design and is created using an iconic Loewe design.

Proenza Schouler – The PS1 Pouch leather shoulder bag – £1,885

Proenza Schouler - The PS1 Pouch leather shoulder bag - £1,885

This is an ideal example of a handbag that is great for summer but would not work in winter time. The Proenza Schouler’s ‘PS1’ bag is already one of the most coveted accessories in the fashion industry and this update on the style is proving to be another success. Featuring bright neon yellow, teal and beige threads which are woven into the leather, there is a detachable strap which allows you to carry the bag as a clutch.

Marc by Marc Jacobs – Classic Q Natasha textured-leather shoulder bag – £310

Marc by Marc Jacobs - Classic Q Natasha textured-leather shoulder bag - £310

In a super buttersoft candy pink, this gorgeous shoulder bag by Marc Jacobs is sure to become one of your all time favourites. Created using textured leather in this season’s most popular colour, designed to be a slouchy style, this bag works best with a casual dressed down style of skinny jeans and boots.

Karl Lagerfeld – Patent-leather mini camera bag – £250

Karl Lagerfeld - Patent-leather mini camera bag - £250

Neons are not going away just yet, and Karl Lagerfeld proves he is at the head of the field with this fabulous lime-green patent-leather bag. Hand crafted in super shiny patent leather, the camera features a large zip and an extra long strap.

All pictures courtesy Net-a-Porter.

All handbags available from Net-a-Porter.

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