AAKS’ colorful handcrafted bags double as works of art

Since launching in 2014, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi’s handbag company AAKS has become a brand to watch.

According to the brand’s website, Afriyie-Kumi created AAKS “with the goal of introducing the world to her favorite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa.”

All of AAKS’ pieces are handmade in Ghana and thoughtfully designed. The creations “maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterized by bright, exuberant colors.” These gorgeous handbags are made of “ecologically harvested” raffia and leather and take about seven days to construct. Each bag is inherently unique and has its own signature tag of authenticity.

And while typically, people like to stow away their accessories in their closets or wardrobes, these bags are so beautiful; you’ll want to leave them out on display. Whether you opt for a tote, crossbody or a bucket style bag, you can’t go wrong with any of these one-of-a-kind bags.

AAKS ships worldwide, so keep scrolling to shop five beautiful bags that are currently available for purchase.

Shop: Delma Tote, £170

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Large enough for your laptop, this tote has a drawstring closure and inner pocket.

Shop: Lisi Bucket, £136

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Wear this chic bucket-style as a shoulder bag or across the body when on the go.

Shop: Baba Berry, £220

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Make a statement with this gorgeous and spacious tote that makes for a great travel or beach bag.

Shop: Bika Rouge, £130

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This petite purse with a tassel accent can be worn as a crossbody or even as a clutch.

Shop: Baw Pot Dot, £125

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Keep all of your essentials safe in the Baw Pot Dot by tying the linen pouch closed.

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