The art of Japanese paper folding takes on a new dimension as a fine detail on origami inspired handbags.
Leather is pushed to the limit as it is folded, stitched and glued into intricate folds. I am fascinated with this trend as I continue to discover more and more handbags with various levels of origami detailing. Above are some of the standout origami handbags spotted recently. Some with more obvious origami details than others.
On the more subtle end of the spectrum I came across the delicate cut and folded corners of the Ferragamo single frame satchel and Nancy Gonzalez tote. The tiny folded and stitched corners add a new dimension and interest upon the already texture laden skins. I love the various tones of cocoa leather/skin. These little cut out shapes and patterns will only continue to look better with age.
Perhaps most obviously inspired by origami is the Bottega Veneta red leather top handle bag. Triangular pleats and contrast snakeskin black trim create a completely unique look reminiscent of the folds used for origami cranes, a symbol of good luck. The buttery soft leather of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Kami clutch is not folded per se but looks more like it is scrunched up then pleated. It makes a sweet little package as a clutch. The yellow Salvatore Ferragamo origami tote’s unique folded down corners are a bit more subtle. It is a pretty and summery bag with plenty of room for toting your daytime essentials. My favorite of the bunch is the Maison Martin Margiela envelope clutch. I love the dramatic singular fold, soft buttery leather and of course black matches almost everything in my closet this season!
Handbags featured from top left, clockwise:
Salvatore Ferragamo Origami Single Frame Satchel, $1060 at Saks
BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Kami Origami Clutch, $228 at Bloomingdales
Bottega Veneta red leather snakeskin trim origami detail top handle bag, $3160 at Bluefly
Nancy Gonzalez Matte Croc Origami Tote, $3850 at Neiman Marcus
Salvatore Ferragamo Yellow Origami Tote, $1323 at Saks
Maison Martin Margiela Ruched Leather Clutch, $845 at Saks