This post was produced in partnership with Mirta.
Mirta, an e-commerce platform dedicating to Italian craftsmanship, has quickly become our favorite place to shop for Italian handbags, fashion and accessories online. Founded by two entrepreneurs who saw the potential in bringing “a piece of Italy abroad”, Mirta supports Italy’s artisanal legacy by connecting small, family-owned businesses with an international market.
Mirta features seasonal fashion, timeless accessories and home decor designed by more than 100 of Italy’s leading luxury artisans. We love the curated selection of handmade products and the sustainable, slow fashion ethos behind the platform. Everything is produced in small quantities and many items are made-to-order so there is no waste.
The selection of Italian handbags is unparalleled and features gorgeous styles and designs for every budget and season. Here, we’ve picked our favorite Made In Italy handbags for summer.
Our Favorite Italian Handbags For Summer
Chic and ladylike, with fine rattan weaving, the Fortuna is one of our favorite handbags for summer. Expertly designed by the artisans of Capaf in Florence, we love the contrast in textures and the detachable leather strap which turns this top handle purse into a convenient crossbody.
This stunning accordion vacchetta leather crossbody was the handbag that made us fall for Mirta. Handmade by Boldrini Selleria, a family-run artisan studio founded in Tuscany in 1955, it has a soft, glossy finish that weathers beautifully as you wear it. Choose from neutral shades including brown, caramel, white and black to complement any outfit.
This polyamide net tote is a modern interpretation of a classic beach bag, creating a sporty-chic look and becoming the perfect companion for Italian summer. Handcrafted by Del Conte master in Vicenza, the interior is plenty spacious, perfect for storing all your essential items during a day out by the sea.
If you’re looking for an elegant handbag to wear for a night out on the town in Positano or Capri, this is it. Handcrafted by ViaMailBag in Emilia-Romagna, the Zante features pleated raffia, marbled resin handle, resin chain and bamboo closure. We love the texture of the fabric and the elegant details of this model that also comes in nude and white colors for day-time wear.
Summer and straw bags go together like sailboats in Sicily – so you’ll want to sure to pick one up for your next trip to the island! Designed by Filippo Catarzi, the Lesa straw bag comes in beautiful, bright shades to pair with a breezy sundress. We’re partial for raspberry which reminds us of our favorite Sicilian treat: granita.
A woven Italian leather handbag is a staple for any woman’s closet and the Esmeralda is a classic design you can wear 12 months a year. Designed by Plino Visonà in Vicenza, this soft, caramel-colored shoulder bag will keep improving the more you wear it, making it a great investment piece.
The Glo Glon is an eyecatching handbag designed by Chiara Daverio in Milan. Made with calfskin leather and featuring a gorgeous silk print, this unique purse is a work of art that recalls northern Italian mountain bells, reinterpreted in a fresh and modern way. The handle sits comfortably on your arm, making this a great accessory for cocktail parties or wine tastings.
We love a good bucket bag when we’re on the road and this gorgeous design by Pelletteria Viviani in Florence will surely see us traveling throughout Italy this summer. Made with soft calskin leather and featuring fun bamboo handles, this sculptural handbag has a detachable shoulder strap for easy wear – and convenient top zip closure to make sure nothing falls out.
Another model we love by Pelletteria Viviani is the Nara, a delightful handbag with a winged design that comes in pretty pastels, including peach, lemon and baby blue. Compact but spacious, this is a great travel companion and has plenty of room for oversized sunglasses, a journal and your sunscreen. We love the woven shoulder strap, too!
Funky prints add a great contrast to the breezy, linen ensembles we wear all summer so the Coral bucket bag immediately caught our eye. Handcrafted by ViaMailBag in Empoli and made with jacquard raffia, each handbag features a sturdy resin top-handle and patterned fabric shoulder strap that add versatility, and an extra pop, to this beautiful design.