For Spring we have already showcased two major handbag trends, denim bags and perforated leather bags. A third bag trend that we continue to see, and possibly the trend for Spring 2010 that will be seen most frequently, are tie-dye bags.

Tie-Dye has made its way into Spring collections by contemporary and premium designers alike, each using different techniques to add the trendy effect. While some used a tie-dye-like effect accomplished by folding leather of two tones, other designers showed multiple color dye compilations.

Spring generally signals a fresh start; not only does the weather get brighter and warmer but also people give their homes an annual cleanup. Don’t neglect your wardrobe each spring, as it too needs a refreshing change. If you decide to go tie-dye, pick a versatile purse shape that you can imagine using for various occasions. Big, roomy hobos and totes and small, compact evening clutches are always a safe route.

Below are eight of my favorite tie-dye picks for Spring:

Lauren Merkin Diana Rainbow Clutch ($195)

One of the most recognizable clutch designers is Lauren Merkin, who designed a tye-dye clutch exclusively for ShopBop that caught our attention. The glazed, snakeskin-print leather is adored with a colorful and playful rainbow pattern. For the shopper looking to try this trend without breaking bank, this clutch is the perfect starting point.

Rebecca Minkoff Easy Rider Clutch ($375)

Rebecca Minkoff is continuously on-trend, showing both perforated leather bags and tie-dye bags for Spring 2010. The Easy Rider Clutch is my pick, giving us a Bohemian-inspired tie-dye leather with studs and zipper accents on the outside. Make sure to check out Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2010 Video for more looks at other tie-dye options.

Coach Embossed Exotic Ombre Large Charm Tote ($598)

This bag is a little more ombre and a little less tie-dye, but still fits into the trend. Coach continues to design a wide range of handbags and accessories to appeal to a large range of shoppers. From the new Charm collection, this tote features embossed leather with a deep gleaming ombre color which adds a colorful effect.

Katherine Kwei Donna Clutch ($700)

Known for using an ancient knotting technique, Katherine Kwei’s designs always stand out. The Donna Clutch, a favorite among the PurseBlog team, has been recreated in a black and white tie-dye pattern for Spring as well. Her treatment leaves the bag looking like a smoky white/grey/black combination. More info at Katherine Kwei online.

Be&D Garbo Satchel ($1,090)

When I saw this bag and other Be & D bags processed in this manner, the sumptuously soft calfskin still stands out in my mind. The wash technique Be & D uses to perform their tie-dye like effect is called an Ikat wash. What I can tell you is that the process and materials used will not disappoint. There are darker blue/black combinations as well, but the light neutral treatment catches my attention. This specific bag is at Saks Fifth Avenue New York City, Dadeland, Beverly Hills, and Houston.

Donna Karan Eldridge ($1,495)

Donna Karan Eldridge

The Donna Karan Eldridge is one of the first tie-dye bags that we saw for Spring 2010 online. The Eldridge is a stand out bag because of its four-ways-to wear and pleated leather. This version, exclusive to Net-A-Porter, features pleated crease-print with black and white coloring.

Bottega Veneta Superlight Aquilone ($1,550)

Right after this Bottega Veneta bag hit the runway, the handbag world was a buzz about the Superlight Aquilone bag from the house of Bottega Veneta. The leather is folded randomly and then the skin is pressed. Once the skins are ready they are dyed and when dry opened to reveal the two-tone effect which shoes varying shades of the color and white. This bag is a testament to Tomas Maier’s innovative brilliance.

Jimmy Choo Robin ($1,595)

Not just known for shoes, Jimmy Choo continues to expand into the handbag world. Also on trend, the Robin from Jimmy Choo was recreated in a colorful tie-dye leather on an exotic Elaphe snake bag. This tie-dye bag gives us an unstructured, Bohemian vibe.

Derek Lam Nadia Hobo ($3,950)

As previously reviewed on PurseBlog, the Derek Lam Nadia Hobo uses neutral hues in its color palette. The tie-dye effect is evident yet so subtly used that it works beautifully. Some of the tie-dye bags show intense colors, but the Derek Lam Nadia Hobo is so subtle in its execution that it is one of the best true tie-dye bags of the season. For this version, contact Derek Lam NYC.

Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Rosanna

    I absolutely LOVE the Be&D bag. The colors look great together and love how the studs give it some extra edge. I also like the Bottega; the tie-dye is really subtle on this and those braided handles are tdf! (fb)

  • Paula Caudill

    I love the tie-dye, it is very trendy and unique!!

  • Paula Caudill

    Beautiful Bags!! (fb)

  • Tahnee

    I love the Be&D one the best! the big studs are awesome! :D (fb)

  • BLynnT

    I actually think the Lauren Merkin clutch at the top is my favorite because it would be a great dash of color for a neutral outfit and make it more spring-y. I generally prefer to try out the trends with clutches and go a little bit more classic with larger bags. (fb)

  • Mary

    Wow-I missed this trend, but I have to say I REALLY like it! I can picture any of these bags with an easy sundress.

  • mary s

    what no mention of LV??

    • Didn’t find one that worked well from their new line… do you have a bag in mind from LV?

      • mary s

        i was thinking about the demin bags that start of light and go to dark… unless thats not done via tie dye i thought it was a kind of tye dye.

  • gpc

    I thought I would never like tie-dye of anything, but that Be&D is not bad at all, but probably only in the muted color shown. Anything darker might be too much.

  • Sara

    I love the black and white on the Donna Karan bag and Katherine Kwei clutch!

  • hoofbeats95

    Love the yellow bag! Perfect for spring. (fb)

  • Kimberly Marney

    KATHERINE KWEI is my Favorite! Followed closely by Be & D and Bottega – I’ve just never liked those rings on the handle of the Bottega…

  • Jenna

    My favorite is the Donna Karen. Its not overdone, will go with anything, and I like the shape! (fb)

  • Marta

    The Be&D bag is fab for daily wear. Love the more neutral pallet and hint of tie dye. If I wanted to go all out, I would DEF go for the rebecca Minkoff for a night out. Great sassy color and love the long strap.

  • Nishi621

    Came here thinking I would really like this trend and after looking at the bags, have realized, i don’t, lol. Seems like a good idea, but, i really don’t care for the way any of the bags look~ (FB)

  • Dea…love the Eldridge & Be&D!!

  • Sabina

    Love the Minkoff and the Be&D! I love tie-and-dye! (fb)

  • SV

    The Minkoff and Be&D looks fabulous! (fb)

  • SV

    Oops, posted twice. Sorry about that.

  • Tonda Moore

    Not a fan. Lived through the ’60s and it just is too wierd, to me.

  • Terri

    LOVE the Minkoff! So badass! (fb)

  • Ann

    I LOVE the Bottega bag, love the design and the color would be amazing in the Summer. I need to check out if it comes in different colors too. (fb)

  • Loquita

    I don’t like any of them, nor do I care for the perforated leather trend. My wallet is happy!

  • Tanya

    I love them especially merkin clutch, bottega and jimmy choo bag. (FB)

  • Pam

    The Lauren Merkin would be my first choice. It’s sweet and colourful without breaking the bank. When it comes to trendy bags I try not to spend too much, knowing I won’t use it as much as a classic style. The Lauren Merkin is just the right amount of trend that would look great with a LBD.

  • Kim

    I love the look of these bags–so unique and beautiful =) They give a brand new twist on tie-dye, one that any tPFer would adore. The Derek Lam, B&D, and Coach are totally tdf!

  • Kim

    I love the look of these bags–so unique and beautiful =) They give a brand new twist on tie-dye, one that any tPFer would adore. The Derek Lam, B&D, and Coach are totally tdf! (fb)

  • Ronky

    love….. love… the Be&D

  • Vitcoria

    WOW!!… loving all the colors!! Can’t wait til it gets warm and sunny!! I’m not a fan of Coach (I only like the leather styles, without all the logos; over worn)… But this one I am LOVING!!!!!! Definitely want that one!!!

  • carol

    Some of these are nice, but the prices!

  • Stacy

    these three are my favorites – Derek Lam Nadia Hobo , Lauren Merkin Diana Rainbow Clutch , Katherine Kwei Donna Clutch. Each one is unique in color and texture. (fb)

  • 19yearslater

    These bags are a lot better than I expected with a tie-dye trend theme. Still, with denim and now tie-dye spring 2010 is shaping up to be the guys in Clueless.

  • greenpixie

    I just got the Linea Pelle tie dye Alex tote, and I am so excited to carry it this spring!

  • Tamee

    While some of the bags are really pretty, (especially the Coach and Derek Lam ones) I just can’t envision myself with one. I know – I’m boring! (fb)

  • Hellena

    Ohhh the bottega!! (fb)

  • Natalie

    Maybe it’s just me, but I found the Jimmy Choo bag looking alot like a sad pumpkin face! (fb)

  • justa9url

    When I read tie-dye, I was a bit hesitant, but these bags are gorgeous (well most of them). I like how it’s not the traditional tie-dye. =) (fb)

  • Debbie

    Not really a fan of tie-dye in general, but I’m really liking the Katherine Kwei Donna Clutch and the Be&D Garbo Satchel. That Katherine Kwei is so unique looking and the Be&D is so subtle and classic looking even with the studs. (fb)

  • Jessica

    I think the only one I liked was the first one Lauren Merkin Diana Rainbow Clutch… and LOL to the comment that said the jimmy choo bag looked like a sad pumpkin face, when I re-looked at it I could see how she made that reference!! haha. Since the tie dye bag would be big this spring I was hoping I’d find one I’d fall in love with… but I guess tie dye isn’t my thing :( (FB)

  • Dluxelist Dena

    The Be&D is my fave!

  • theresa

    Tie die no …ugly than and ugly now…ombre on the other hand is a great technique and completely different than tie die and when done in one color lovely…Coach is the closest like but with the yellow and purple it is a pass. YIKES

  • Paulina

    I love the Katherine Kwei and the Bottega Veneta.

    Not really a fan of RM’s blue tie dye, but the purple tie dye is gorgeous!

  • Melissa

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I am for sure going to have to go out and get one now! (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    The Laura Merkin looks nice but not I’m not really feeling the other designs (fb).

  • Jocelyn

    The Lauren Merkin looks nice but not I’m not really feeling the other designs (fb).

  • LaToya

    I love the Lauren Merkin bag and the Derek Lam bag is to die for. (fb)

  • Lynda

    wow..the Rebecca Minkoff Easy Rider Clutch is badass! (fb)

  • Lynda

    wow the Rebecca Minkoff Easy Rider Clutch is badass!@ (fb)

  • Christy

    Love the Bottega- the yellow is a beautiful shade and that bag might actually work with a number of outfits. Some of the other bags are so unique that I’m not sure how they’d fit into most people’s wardrobes. Although I do realize that purse purchases are not meant to be entirely practical :) (fb)

  • Lisa

    Of course, I love the Derek Lam! (fb)

  • Theresa W

    That Coach bag looks very nice…but tie-dye is just not my thing…I normally love anything and everything of RM, but I can’t get on board with her tie-dyed line… :( (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    WOW What pretty pictures !! Love the Bottega Veneta yellow bag – my favorite, the color, the effect. Tie dye is all change of color and effect. Not usually a big fan of it, but these all look great for Spring, which is really my Autumn, so am I ahead or behind !!

  • samia

    I love all of them, especially the Coach! (fb)

  • jen

    Bottega all the way.

  • mochababe73

    Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I didn’t see anything that I would wear. (fb)

  • Brigette

    Katherine Kwei Donna Clutch is TDF! (fb)

  • GG

    I so love love love the Bottega Veneta Superlight Aquilone (fb)

  • sally

    i’m never really into tie-dye, but the coach is really cute! (fb)

  • Paula

    I love these handbags! (fb)

  • pursemonkey

    Not a fan of this trend or the denim trend. Perhaps I’m showing my age;) The Lauren Merkin is the only bag shown that I would consider carrying as it doesn’t scream “TIE DYE!” (fb)

  • kayla

    the RM bag is so good! (fb)

  • kayla

    the RM is amazing (fb)

  • liliana

    it was a toss between the BV and the donna karan, but the colour in the BV got me! so yup, the BV is the winner . (fb)

  • christine

    Be&D is by far my favorite! (fb)

  • Reece

    you forgot the carnival snake howard street satchel from Botkier!!!

  • farija

    lovved the bottega veneta one…(fb)

  • Reece

    ahh forgot to say (fb)

  • Kate

    gotta love that rebecca minkoff easy rider (fb)

  • Lydia

    The only one that appealed to me is the Merkin clutch. This trend is just that, too much of a trend. I see this flying in and flying out with the next fad. Not willing to invest much into something that does not have much lasting power or anything that pushes the envelope to make it a creative must-have. (fb)

  • Tanya

    At first I Only had two fav’s but as I
    look at them again I love them all! (fb)

  • Lisa

    I love the Derek Lam Nadia hobo! Derek also has a tan brown Nadia hobo, which is sold on his website –

  • Adrienne Challinor

    WOW!!!!!! That’s the most awesome bag I’ve ever seen in my life!
    Absolutely Incredible! I didn’t even know anything like that existed!!!! fb

  • Adrienne Challinor

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!! fb

  • Beina

    Every bag pales in comparison with katherine kwei’s donna!