Nothing updates a new-season wardrobe quite like a statement piece of accessory, whether it’s a handbag, a hat or a pair of earrings. The perfect add-on can make or break an outfit, so it is wise to make a considered choice and this time of the year is ideal for refining your cold-weather wardrobe and invest in accompanying pieces that will last throughout the season as well as years to come.
A truly great handbag will elevate any look it’s paired with, season after season, while a finishing touch in the form of a jewelry can add a touch of sparkle and enliven a simple outfit.
Whether you’re refreshing your classic closet staples or have started thinking about gifts for your favorite fashion-forward friends, these five new-season accessories from brands such as Anima Iris, KHIRY, Joel Lani and more will have you covered. From mini bags, to earrings and hats, there is something for everyone.
Zaya Bag in Red Croc by Anima Iris
Made from 100% leather and crafted by hand in Senegal, the Zaya Bag in Red Croc by Senegal based brand Anima Iris is sure to brighten up your look while keeping all your belongings right by your side. The piece features an eye-catching crocodile-effect pattern and a stunning braided handle for a chic but striking look. Wear it to brunch, lunch, or even to run some errands—this bag can do it all. Anima Iris crafts all of its pieces with centuries-old traditional African technique, and pulls inspiration from the strength of the matriarchs who created and grew the brand into the success it is today.
Karl Fedora Hat by Simon and Mary
A brimmed hat takes any look from simple to dapper at, well, the drop of a hat. Onto your head, that is. The black Karl hat from Simon and Mary is the ideal headwear to refresh your look and make you feel like the most elegant person at your next sophisticated event. Made by South African-based milliner Simon and Mary, this 100% wool hat features a classic Fedora silhouette and provides versatile pairing options regardless of your gender. Rest easy with your choice, knowing that it comes from a family-founded brand that has dedicated itself to creating individual stylistic pieces of the finest quality.
Iyoba Midi Bag by Joel Lani
Need an everyday bag that will make you feel chic? Handmade in Lagos by local artisans, the Iyoba Midi bag is the perfect tote to uplift your everyday outfit and routine. An adjustable shoulder strap provides you with whatever length is best for you, as well as a roomy interior for whatever you need to bring along on your outings. The bag is made out of 100% leather in a neutral beige color that will allow for pairings with almost any outfit. Based in Nigeria, Joel Lani produces handmade leather accessories from the finest locally sourced materials, and special attention to details and the finishings to ensure a top-notch look for every bag.
Isha Stone Embellished Hoops by KHIRY
Jewelry might be the first thing on your mind when you hear the word “accessory”, but the Isha Stone Embellished Hoops by KHIRY should be the first thing on your mind when you hear jewelry. These delicate 18-karat gold hoops are adored with vermeil rose-quartz stones and feature the classic bangle design that the brand has made its signature. Founded by Jameel Mohammed, the Afro-futurist brand has created luxury jewelry inspired by African craft and culture, using natural materials and semi-precious stones.
Mini Amivi Apollo Bag by Ibeka
A stunning mini bag is an absolute must-have, not to mention the perfect accessory for upcoming holiday parties. Ibeka’s take on the classic bag silhouette results in a bold and unique statement piece; the Mini Amivi Apollo bag features brushed-gold hardware, an adjustable cross-body shoulder strap and a short top handle, all finely crafted from fine Italian leather. A perfect balance between the modern world and the multicultural heritage of founder Jessica Carré, Ibeka is a unique brand that creates exceptional, stylish bags with long-lasting endurance in mind.
Words by Eloise Johnson