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Reformation’s Newest Bags Are Giving Quiet Luxury With a Quiet Price

A new summer bag that won't give you sticker shock!

Sustainable fashion brand Reformation launched handbags a year ago, adding to its ever-expanding lineup of product offerings.

While in the last decade, a greater presence has been placed on sustainability as it has become a hot-button topic of consumers, the health of our planet has always been at the forefront of Reformation’s ethos.

Furthering the brand’s mission is the notion that eco-friendly fashion should be accessible to everyone, and its handbags echo that sentiment.

Featuring easy silhouettes and shapes offering clean lines with minimal branding, Ref’s bags are designed with the same focus on quality and sustainability in mind.

Its debut collection felt stylish and of the moment but not completely trend-driven—a key element of sustainability. Pieces are meant to be used, loved (and last) for years to come.

New Spring Shapes

While the original line launched with 3 key shapes, over the last year, the brand has slowly expanded its offerings, and each new drop feels perfectly curated and more elevated than the last. For Spring 2024, Ref has added new silhouettes to the lineup, giving a quiet appeal at a price that won’t break the bank.

Standouts include a sleek leather shopper and an oversized tote that’s giving the vibe of the Margaux at a fraction of the price. Meanwhile, existing lines are also expanded upon this spring, like the Vittoria, which debuts in raffia and is perfect for summer day trips.

For nights out this summer, there’s the Mini Luciana, which quite literally shines in the color of the season: burgundy. Leather bags are sustainably made in Bulgaria, crafted from Bovine leather sourced from Leather Working Group tanneries. Offering sleek shapes, clean lines, and minimal branding at an affordable price, we’ve got our eyes on Reformation’s growing collection of handbags.

Shop the full range of Ref bags now via Reformation.

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Johnson
Johnson
1 month ago

Reformation’s commitment to sustainability and accessibility is truly admirable! I love how they’re expanding their handbag collection with new silhouettes and materials, making eco-friendly fashion more accessible to everyone. It’s refreshing to see a brand prioritize quality, style, and environmental consciousness all in one. I’m curious, which of Reformation’s new handbag shapes or materials caught your eye the most for this upcoming season?

scbarragan
scbarragan
1 month ago

I have take my time to check this brand after this article. I read their last sustainability report and sincerely I am not convinced with their data. It is a beautifully presented report but does not enter in explain their data. I could guess that it is better than other brand in some aspects but in others sustainability is not well described.

Thinking about their handbag. The information is very poor to conclude any sustainable measures about their handbag. We can start thinking that it is a fashion brand in USA, LA, you said in the article. They said that the bag are produced in Bulgaria, Europe. There is very little sustainability thinking in such a choice. Sincerely, it looks like that they realized that manufacturer is cheaper there even with the long distance transport. Then, about the leather, no information about origin, nothing about the processing, or which sustainable dying process has been used, no information. Moreover, just from the picture, most of the models look like made with very low quality leather. It looks like are from corium or flesh leather splits then add some pattern or grained surfaces. It looks genuine leather nothing else. In that case, the bags are even too expensive for what they are offering as price could not be from the leather, the manufacture or the models than are standard.

I know that my reflection are critical but I am absolutely in favor of sustainability in the handbag market and I think there are other small brands possible in every country that are truly offering it. I think that it is our resoonsability as handbag collector to mark the difference between marketing sustainability (that is what I see in this brand) and a product that can offer high-quality leather and sustainable practices.

I can put you an example in Europe in my next entry so it is not too long.

scbarragan
scbarragan
1 month ago

Back to one example where you can follow the traceability of the sustainability practice in the handbag that they are offering. It is from Europe, where I live. I think that buying local designer and local brands is a good point as well.

Here a short set of 9 handbags, all unique in colour combination (https://www.koda.nl/collections/n34), made with zero waste principle, designed by Frrry, manufacture at Koda, leather left pieces from Label Vandenberg.

The model called n34 is from a handbag designer from Holland Frrry (https://www.frrry.com/), this design is as a variation from Frrry unique model and piece called n33.

The n34 bag is made with leather pieces that are left from another local brand of high-quality leather furniture (label Vandenberg), performed at Koda, a brand that produce items with materials for waste as lefts. All 3 are very close, some km away to make it possible in a sustainable way. You can check the 3 brand pages and see all clear, and in particular, that the pieces are true leftovers. The price is truly amazing and the leather is from an extraordinary quality and a sensorial pleasure to touch. I have bought one of them so I am talking from my customer experience and I do not have any personal or commercial interest in any of those brands.

It is just an example and I believe there should be many more around you, just open your eyes to other possibilities. I have a collection of handbag from luxury brands, but I do not see any incompatibility, because I am always looking for exceptionally pieces without looking to the brand name. The value is not the brand for me, rather the uniqueness in design, model, leather, and more and some luxury brand can offer all those factors in a piece and some unknown brand as well if we have an opened-mind and, search for it.

I would like to see a bit of that search for unknown high-quality brands in the articles and not just USA based.

scbarragan
scbarragan
1 month ago

I have wrote about one example from Europe as I said in my last entry. I do not have any particular interest on that brand. I wrote just to show the difference between sustainability as a marketing without data to track and sustainable practices in handbag procedures that can be easily follow. I wrote it mainly to encourage readers and handbag enthusiasts here to look around because there are likely brands with good practices close to you. It was not my intention to make any specific promotion from the example that I presented rather to illustrate the discussion.

It wrote it many hours ago but my comment has not been approved. I wonder why. I think my comment was correct and beside my personal opinion, I was offering the wegpages to facilite that everyone can check the data by themselves. I believe that those are ethical practices in commenting. If there are anything against the rules here, I have probable missed it.

scbarragan
scbarragan
1 month ago

Now, I have copied my message from this morning that was not approved and removed the homepage information that I had included as references, in case that was the impediment for approval. I certainly did not know it.

Back to one example where you can follow the traceability of the sustainability practice in the handbag that they are offering. It is from Europe, where I live. I think that buying local designer and local brands is a good point as well.

Here a short set of 9 handbags, all unique in colour combination (homepage from koda, Holland, model n34) made with zero waste principle, designed by Frrry, manufacture at Koda, leather left pieces from Label Vandenberg.

The model called n34 is from a handbag designer from Holland Frrry, and this design is as a variation from Frrry unique model and piece called n33.

The n34 bag is made with leather pieces that are left from another local brand of high-quality leather furniture (label Vandenberg), performed at Koda, a brand that produce items with materials for waste as lefts. All 3 are very close, some km away to make it possible in a sustainable way. You can check the 3 brand pages and see all clear, and in particular, that the pieces are true leftovers. The price is truly amazing and the leather is from an extraordinary quality and a sensorial pleasure to touch. I have bought one of them so I am talking from my customer experience and I do not have any personal or commercial interest in any of those brands.

It is just an example and I believe there should be many more around you, just open your eyes to other possibilities. I have a collection of handbag from luxury brands, but I do not see any incompatibility, because I am always looking for exceptionally pieces without looking to the brand name. The value is not the brand for me, rather the uniqueness in design, model, leather, and more and some luxury brand can offer all those factors in a piece and some unknown brand as well if we have an opened-mind and, search for it.

I would like to see a bit of that search for unknown high-quality brands in the articles and not just USA based.