The Bright Lil' Bag That's Begging for a Vacation

Photo: Ilano

Photo: Ilano

During the summer, there are "real life" bags, and there are vacation bags. Real life bags might have a laptop sleeve. Vacation bags might have a wet swimsuit compartment. Real life bags are buttery soft leather (or vegan leather). Vacation bags almost invariably include woven materials. And if you're looking to support a Bay Area brand and female artisans with your next vacation bag purchase, you need to know Oakland-based Ilano.

Textile design Roseli Ilano works with master weavers and artisans around the world to bring her bags to life. All her designs are sustainable, made with natural fibers and dyes. 

Roseli Ilano. Photo:  Monica Semergiu

Roseli Ilano. Photo: Monica Semergiu

Ilano has been producing textiles and sandals for a while now, but bags are a relatively new category for the designer. Currently, she offers a leather and woven circle bag in four colorways for $178 each. Bags measure 8.5" X 8.5" X 2", and come fully-lined with an interior pocket. With brights colors and bold contrasts, this style will be the pièce de résistance in your summer getaway photos.

Want one of your own? Click over to, or shop in person at Little Paper Planes or St. Lightning in San Francisco, or Oak Common in Oakland.