Over the years, Mark & Graham handbags have become my absolute go-to. From satchels to crossbodies, pouches, totes, and more. Today, I wanted to share an in-depth look at my favorite Mark & Graham handbags for summer.
As I shared in my Mark & Graham luggage post, the brand was founded ten years ago, Mark and Graham has been creating fashion, travel, and home products that can be made into one-of-a-kind pieces with a variety of monogram styles. Also, I love that the name of the brand – Mark & Graham – is based on their mission to leave your mark with a monogram. Even better, their customer service and giftable options are second to none. Moreover, the team at Mark & Graham is beyond thoughtful about materials and classic designs.
Mark & Graham Handbags
For me, two things that set Mark & Graham handbags apart is functionality and personalization. For my full-time job, I need options that are polish, stylish, and functional. I love how so many of their styles can fit my laptop and so much more. Plus, they have amazing smaller options that are durable enough to toss in another larger tote. Another functional feature is how well they travel. From bags that work perfectly as a small carry-on to ones that easily fit in into your roller bag, they’re the best options for everyday life. Thankfully, they also strike the perfect balance between from and function. From Italian handcrafted leather to classic embroidered canvas, Mark & Graham handbags work for pretty much every occasion.
Wicker & Leather Crossbody Bag with Bamboo Handle
Let’s kick things off with the perfect summer style – the wicker & leather crossbody bag with bamboo handle. First, I love the classic Grace Kelly vibe to the style. The top flap opening with the twist lock closure pairs perfectly with the chic bamboo handle. Plus, the metallic foil stamp monogram makes it completely unique to you! It definitely fits the essentials, and the crossbody strap offers additional flexibility.
Mark & Graham x Steele Waterproof Tote
One of the brands longtime bestsellers is the iconic Steele tote. Designed in collaboration with Steele Canvas; a family-owned, American made company that has been making quality products in New England for over 100 years. It’s water and tear-resistant while being lightweight enough to pack to the brim. It’s available in three sizes (mine is the medium), nine colors, and more than 15 monogram styles in 25 colors! The personalization combinations are seemingly endless. Also, I love the thoughtful touch of the small grommets on the bottom. It makes emptying things out after a beach day that much easier.
Elisabetta Slouch Handbag
Every smart traveler knows you’re typically allowed on carry-on bag and a personal item when boarding the plane. For me, the Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag has been the perfect option. Large enough for my laptop and all my other needs while being chic enough for any travel occasion. From board meetings to after dinner drinks, this lilac leather option goes with everything! Naturally, there’s a foiled monogram option, too. I also own (and love) it in the bamboo handle version (as seen in this post)! See just how much can fit in the Elisabetta Slouch Handbag in the video below!
Bamboo Elisabetta Raffia Crossbody
If you love the aesthetic of the classic Elisabetta Slouch bag but want something slightly smaller and more apt for summer, this one’s for you! Handcrafted in Florence, Italy, this style features a classic mix of leather and woven raffia. It’s perfectly sized for all your essentials, and the bamboo handles are just chef’s kiss! Another point of difference from the larger Elisabetta is this one has a zip-top closure. Perfect to keep everything contained – especially when you add the strap and carry it as a crossbody.
Essential Raffia Crossbody Bag
Speaking of crossbody, say hello to the perfect summer option! I got this same version in full leather last year, and it’s been on regular rotation ever since. Best of all, this woven raffia is also compatible with Mark & Graham’s Build Your Bag Straps. It’s the casual, coastal feel you’ve been looking for in an everyday bag!
Caring for Your Mark & Graham Handbags
As best I can, I like to keep my bags in good shape. One easy hack is to keep the paper stuffing that comes with the bag when it’s delivered. Re-stuffing your bags provides support and reinforcement when a it may otherwise slump, fall, or soften in storage over time. The best option is acid-free tissue paper or lightweight packing paper. Avoid plastic bags, plastic inserts, or plastic air pillows, as they may cause damage or discoloration should they stick to the interior of your bag.
Monogramming Your Mark & Graham Handbags
As mentioned above, Mark & Graham’s handbags can be monogrammed in so many ways. The Steele tote and raffia crossbody can both be embroidered while the other styles offer a classic foil stamp.
In closing, I highly recommend Mark & Graham handbags. Also, don’t forget to checkout their additional accessories. They literally have everything – cosmetic cases, travel jewelry cases, packing cubes, pouches, toiletry bags, and more!