Skip the big names (and logos) for these under-the-radar minimalist bags that are sleek, simple, and super versatile.
While we love our luxe designer handbags with their noticeable logos and bold prints, there’s something about minimalist bags we won’t say “hell no” to. It’s a combination of simple and sleek styles that stand the test of time, and you get more bang for your buck with under-the-radar labels that focus on quality and craftsmanship. Credit cards at the ready: it’s time to shop for these minimalist bags!
Where to shop for minimalist bags in Singapore
If you’re looking for authentically artisanal minimalist bags in Singapore, this homegrown label is where you can say, “take all my money!” Its collection ranges from dainty clutch bags (perfect for date nights) to totes you can carry to work or travel. Abara also runs a bespoke service, so if nothing off the rack strikes your fancy, you can design your version of a minimalist bag.
Abara, available online and at #B1-51, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
2. The Sophia Label
We never imagined fashion and practicality could meld together seamlessly until we laid our eyes on this esteemed local brand. Founder Sophia, who’s all about creating gorgeous, timeless pieces, is hands-on in designing her collections – she picks out the material, colour, and even down to the details – and ensures the bags are of the highest quality. Check out the Magic Leather series, which is made from vegan leather that’s easy to clean and scratch-resistant.
The Sophia Label, available online and at multiple stockists including Shaw House and 313 Somerset
3. Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety is jam-packed with handbags, backpacks, clutches, travel bags and totes designed to be deceptively functional — think plenty of pockets and compartments hidden within its minimalist facade. As opposed to massive logos, its teeny, tiny label is used sparingly across its range of premium leather handbags, which is great for fans of the clean look.
Status Anxiety, available online and at multiple stockists including Bugis Junction and Wisma Atria
On top of its beautiful, minimalist watches inspired by Norway’s Oslo Opera House, Linjer is also known for its quality leather bags and accessories. The design studio started by creating a soft briefcase constructed with high-quality leather before reaching out to consumers via crowdfunding to see if they’d like it. (Spoiler alert: they did!) Linjer has since expanded to produce bucket-inspired tulip bags, mini purses, and more.
Linjer, available online
5. PB 0110
This Danish label makes the cut for its colour palette — from classic neutral shades like tan and black to bold eye-catchers like cherry red and royal blue. Its collection of minimalist bags pairs exceptionally well with all types of outfits in Singapore. Everything is made from linen and veggie-tanned leather, including satchels, shopping bags, and gym bags. If you’re into utilitarian designs, this one’s for you.
PB 0110, available online
6. Mansur Gavriel
Say hello to Mansur Gavriel, the ultimate brand for sleek, minimalist bags. The NY-based cult label had the fashion world swoon over its gorgeous Italian-made pieces featuring clean lines, neutral colours, and contrasting interiors. Since its launch, the line has expanded with an array of leather options and styles, including its iconic bucket bags, crossbody bags, and clutches.
Mansur Gavriel, available online
7. Building Block
Nothing screams “less is more” than this go-to minimalist label, which hails from Los Angeles. We’re obsessed with Building Block’s fabulously geometric leather gems (oh hello, cylinder and drum bags) in gorgeous neutral hues like tan, chestnut, and khaki. This brand redefines swank with playful silhouettes and contrasting drawstrings – it’s giving chic, with just the right touch of flair.
Building Block, available online
8. The Horse
Another Aussie favourite, this design brand is hot for its buttery-soft leather goods inspired by the country’s native surroundings. We’re fans of its minimalist timepieces, which come in modern styles such as the moon clutch, the envelope clutch, and tote bags in gorgeous hues. Can someone get us one of the backpacks in midnight blue, please?
The Horse, available online
9. Erin Templeton
For our eco-chic folks who are into shopping consciously, you’ll be buzzin’ to fill your closets with Erin Templeton’s minimalist arm candies. Her handbag and accessories collections are handcrafted in-house from upcycled leather and feature minimal hardware for that understated, timeless look. With various sizes and durable styles that last for long, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Erin Templeton, available online
Update your wardrobe by shopping for the best minimalist bags in Singapore now.