A handbag is an accessory that can elevate any look. The right handbag can take an outfit from basic to fashionable. It’s no wonder women have loads and loads of handbags and still shop for more because you can never really have enough handbags. Handbag designers are not slowing down either; there are so many shapes, sizes, and styles that fascinate you and make you want to swipe your credit card. Some of the most coveted designer handbags include designs from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Jacquemus, Dior, Balenciaga, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, and, of course, Hermes. The current waitlist for a Hermes Birkin bag is probably thousands of pages long.
Nigeria, as a country and its people, is deeply invested in art and craft. As a child, I learned how to make beaded handbags, tie and dye, jewellery, crochet, and other crafts. Children in Nigeria are taught arts and crafts as part of their school curriculum, and society encourages them to learn some form of handwork. It’s no surprise that Nigeria has a lot of talented handcrafted handbag designers. The beautiful thing about Nigerian handcrafted handbags is that they are made from a variety of materials, including leather, Ankara, beads, wool, and many others. I wish I had continued to learn how to make beaded handbags and perfected my skills because handcrafted bags are so popular now and I could probably make a fortune selling them or teaching others how to make them.
There are so many gorgeous and eye-catching handbag designs coming out of Nigeria, so while you’re eyeing the Chanel, Gucci, and Hermes bags, make room in your closet for these beautifully handcrafted made-in-Nigeria handbags.
The first set of handbags is from Mariachamp. They produce handmade bags made from different quality materials (beads, fabrics, leather). Below are the images and names of some of the bags I love from this brand.
The next set of bags is from Sedoka Lagos. Sedoka Lagos is a premium, handmade beading brand that makes handcrafted beaded bags. I first fell in love with their “Nay” handbag on the arm of popular influencer Nonye Udeogu of @thisthingcalledfashion, which I’m guessing was named after her. My other favourite handbags from this brand are the Kathy and Lala bags. They are both so unique and would go nicely with any outfit.
This next set of handbags is from Everley. Last year, we had an interview with the owner of this brand in our young and enterprising section. Everley produces gorgeous handmade female bags for every mood. My favourite handbags from this brand include Hadi, Camouflage, Sheila, and Tana.
I found this next set of handbags from Leathered while scrolling through Instagram and I fell in love. As the name of the brand implies, their handbags are made from leather, and the designs are so unique that I couldn’t stop scrolling through their Instagram page. Some of my favourites from this brand are the Mira D-shaped bag, the Sonari-Scrunchie bag, the Afolashade bag, and the Maiya bag.
The last set of bags is from a brand whose owner we have also featured in our young and enterprising section. Hooked by Lade is a handcrafted crochet handbag brand. The bags are made from yarn, and if you love crochet bags, then you’ll surely be hooked by lade. My favourite bag designs from this brand are the Comfort, Gabby, and Laolu bags.
There are so many designs from each of these bands that you may also love, and each of the bags featured here comes in different colours and patterns. I have linked the Instagram pages for all the brands mentioned so you can check them out yourself.
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