The It Bag That Won’t Cost Your Whole Paycheck

18 August, 2017
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The It Bag That Won’t Cost Your Whole Paycheck

The cult of Cult Gaia


Just because Mansur Gavriel was so four years ago doesn’t mean I’m going to give up my bucket bags. I’ve got too much junk in the trunk (literally and figuratively) to bid that farewell. But, for a while now, I’ve had my eyes on a fashion girl clutch with a cult following you’ve probably seen all over Instagram – the Gaias Ark bag from Cult Gaia.

Starting at US$128 (depending on the size and variation you’re eyeing up), the OG bag that launched a thousand ships comes in natural and is made of bamboo. It’s inspired by a vintage Japanese bag, and considering the fact that it looks like an elaborate fish trap, the good news is you can’t actually see what’s inside when you have stuff in it.

Even though it’s constantly sold out on the site, Jasmin Larian, the brains behind Cult Gaia, said the brand actually struggled to sell the item when it first debuted back in 2013. It only took off last year when the designer sold a few of them to Clare Distenfeld of Fivestory, the buzzy lifestyle boutique in New York City, and the rest, as they say, is history.

This brilliant accessory may also be one of the reasons why wicker and straw bags are everywhere on Instagram too. We’ve picked some that may tickle your fancy, and are perfect to take with you on your next brunch date or long weekender.


All images sourced via respective company websites.

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Wooden Tote Bag

If you can’t part with US$128 for this, we’ve got good news. It’s probably not made of bamboo, and the execution wouldn’t be as sleek as Cult Gaia’s, but at US$35 and above, it’s hard to complain about.

Available online via AliExpress 

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Milly Wicker Small Satchel

We know it can be a hassle not having a sling on a purse, especially if you prefer having your hands free. This wicker bag has a very nifty sling and super cute pom poms (US$345).

Available online via Shopbop

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Skinnydip Straw Bag With All Over Pink Pom Poms

When they say you’re doing it for the ‘Gram, they’re definitely talking about this bag. Millennial pink pom poms and straw? A winning combo for sure (£26.00).

Available online via Asos

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MEL & MOLLY AAzia Clutch in Pink

A standout weave design with fringe details, this bag can be worn as a clutch, or with its detachable shoulder strap (RM79).

Available online via Fashion Valet

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Circle Straw Bag

If you’re lucky enough to go to Bali sometime soon, you can easily pick up this baby for less than US$15 in a basket handicraft shop that line the streets. Otherwise, this baby from AliExpress is a good substitute (US$29).

Available online via AliExpress

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