& THE NEW NAME TO KNOW... Carolina Santo Domingo

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Affordable luxury is Carolina’s founding principle. Designed in L.A. and made in Italy using traditional artisan techniques, her raffia bags start from £342, while leather bags are from £792. Still not your everyday purchase, but a snippet compared to other luxury competitors. ‘I found there was a particular gap in the handbag market that needed filling: luxurious and well made quality bags that sit around the mid price range.’

The designer who created Staud’s Bissett bag has turned her hand to her own label, and generated a real buzz in the process. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because she’s the niece of Ecommerce entrepreneur and style icon Lauren Santo Domingo, founder of Moda Operandi. It must run in the genes, as they say...

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Although design-led, Santo Domingo’s bags aren’t directional. ‘I wanted to create something versatile, and not too big in size.’ Neutral hues and simplicity take centre stage and live up to her ethos of versatility. Take it from Emily Ratakowski: you can wear your raffia tote with everything from a floral gown to denim cut-offs.

Wear the label’s top handle bag everyday, whether heading to the office or travelling. Buy it at Moda Operandi and Barney’s online.