Summer, with its minimal dressing, is the perfect time to accessorise to the max. It’s a quick and easy way to add colour and character to your seasonal outfits.
Summer brings out the flamboyant side in us every single year. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the muted palette of a long winter, or the fact you might have accessorised to perfection, but who can see under your coat? The truth is that scooped necklines and sun-kissed arms just make us want to stack and layer. And this season, we’re spoilt for choice with elegant heels, heavenly bags and statement jewels that are all sure to be instant icons. Here are the 12 brands creating the most covetable high-summer pieces…
We’ve been quietly obsessed with the French-Algerian designer’s fine jewellery since we spotted it on Net-A-Porter a few years ago. Each piece is beautifully unique, and by Anissa’s own admission, she makes them for women with a curious, independent spirit. Each design is as precious as it is eclectic – we’re particular fans of her pearl collection and the divine onyx ring.
The sandal of the summer is the love child of two 90s icons: the classic bandana and a sports sandal favoured by sensible tourists, the Teva. And we believe this classic design has far more longevity than the other orthopedic-style flats released recently. Arizona Love combines colour and comfort so effortlessly, we spot a keeper. You’ll be just as excited to retrieve these from your summer box next year.
Made from velvet and leather with eye-catching satin bows, Barbara Borghini’s stylish shoes make us smile. They are produced in the Florence designer’s native Tuscany from the finest materials – and it only takes a few steps in the gorgeous heels to really feel the craftsmanship that goes into them. The label has been slowly building a loyal following since 2016, and it’s no wonder – we are completely smitten.
Emily Levine’s bag designs are instant classics. With a childhood spent between New York and Umbria, Italy, she daydreamed about starting her own line. Then when she travelled through Japan, her vision clarified, and her slouchy ‘Tokyo’ tote is just one of the spoils. These bags combine some of our favourite things: vibrant prints with natural materials and an easy style.
We’re drawn to brands that do one thing really (really!) well, like Studio Amelia. Founder and creative director Emily Amelia Inglis launched her label this year with four contemporary sandal shapes in four super versatile colours (red, white, black and nude), nailing the barely-there flat every stylish wardrobe needs.
Meet our favourite label for necklace layering and bracelet stacking, created by US-based twin sisters Elizabeth and Kathryn Fortunato. What we love most is the way their pretty collections blend reclaimed and precious materials with unique, modern designs. The pieces are eye-catching, but never steal the limelight from the wearer.
In summer we are all about baskets, so it will come as no surprise that we instantly fell in love with these chic, Italian-made raffia bags when we spotted them in London boutique Koibird. The addition of gems means they achieve that perfect mix of relaxed and luxurious, plus they’re beautifully finished with grosgrain-wrapped handles and a fabric inner-pouch with a drawstring top that fits all your essentials.
Stylish hair accessories don’t get much better than those from Italian label Marzoline. From a classic pearl-encrusted hair slide to a statement velvet Alice band, twin sisters Allegra and Desideria, the dynamic duo behind the brand, make beautifully made pieces that really do elevate your outfit with the simplest touch.
Initial necklaces – or, in our case, anything initial – are now an essential for any stylish jewellery wardrobe. LA-based Maya Brenner’s fine chains and modern capitals, which come as a bracelet or necklace, add that personal touch while sitting perfectly with your favourite everyday pieces. We also love her ear cuffs.
When we spotted our friend, stylist Soraya Bakhtiar, carrying a chic box bag, we had to find out where it was from. It was by Turkish designer Güneş Mutlu and her cool label Mehry Mu, and while every piece is beautifully made, it’s her structured rattan bag that has stolen our hearts. It’s the kind of smart basket we’d pair with summer suiting in the city.
We are completely obsessed with these dreamy beaded bags from childhood friends, Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek. Not only are they the perfect summer arm candy, whether you’re in the city or on the beach, but so much thought has gone into each one. Every bag has been handcrafted in Lebanon from up-cycled or ethically-produced materials, and is tagged with the name of the local artisan who madeit.
When it comes to jewellery that feels like actual (pirate) treasure, French designer Leslie Chetrit is in a league of her own. Her handmade gold creations –with pearls, vintage-inspired trinkets and mismatched stones – elevate the simplest outfit and always put us in a holiday mood, wherever we are in the world.
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