5 sleek bags for style minimalists

Christian Jay B. Quilo
·2 min read

Oversized bags are a trend of the past (for now, at least). It’s high time we shift back to a “less is more” approach and switch to smaller, more practical-sized bags.

Several local businesses have crafted bags that are design-driven, modern yet not overly trendy and functional. Check out these chic minimalist bags from proudly homegrown brands:

Wolfe & Woman Co. | @wolfeandwomanco

One of the hottest bag trends worn by social media personalities lately are bags that come with exterior mini pouches. Wolfe & Woman Co. offers a more affordable and practical alternative with the Apollo, a rectangular bag and circular coin purse duo that can be worn either as a crossbody or a shoulder bag. It comes in classic all-black and chic two-tone colorways.

Straightforward | @shopstraightforward

Aside from clothing and footwear, the brand is popular for its Daily Vegan Leather (DVL) line of bags and accessories. Its newest addition is the Micro Body Bag, a dainty and small crossbody that’s perfect for a day out and about. Straightforward also restocked some of its bestselling bags like the Mini Satchel and Flap Cross Body Bag in fresh new colors.

Blanc Nue | @blanc.nue

Blanc Nue’s two-piece debut collection, although not exactly “bags” per se, is made for situations when all one needs to bring are the absolute essentials. The Avignon is a bi-fold wallet with a strap, while the Crescent is a cell phone pouch. While best style together as a set, they can also be purchased separately. They come in a wide range of colors, from classic hues like black and white to trendier shades like lilac and Wasabi (a creamy green).

Move On | @moveonph

For those who want something a little bit more roomy but still compact, Move On’s Mini Trunk Bag offers both space and structure. The bag is made with plain-matted textile and has aluminum-protected corners as not only design but also added protection from bumps. The Mini Trunk Bag comes in black, beige, brown and blue.

Zero Gravity MNL | @zerogravitymnl

The brand produces its classic tote in different fabrics such as canvas and faux leather. It’s designed to be the quintessential everyday bag: interior and exterior pockets, water-resistant lining and aside from handles, it also has a detachable sling so one can wear it as a crossbody and go hands-free. Zero Gravity also recently collaborated with cult favorite fashion brand Randolf Clothing for a capsule collection of bags, including an all-black tote with a cool yet subtle flame detail.