The Chinese New Year has begun and a lot of us who do celebrate the festive occasion are just coming down from the all the partying. The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of the lunar year. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is represented by an animal, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which bodes well for many, as the pig is a symbol of hard work, enthusiasm, and optimism, as well as good wealth. In celebration of the Year of the Pig, we’ve curated some of the cutest and most whimsical animal-themed purses and bags that you’ll want to sport all throughout the Year of the Pig. Check them out below and revamp your fun, optimistic style with these clever little bags.
Whimsical Forest Friends
1. Crossbody Leather Animal Bag, Raccoon
In Native American cultures, the raccoon is often seen as a trickster, a mischievous animal from the woodlands. In modern pop culture, many will be familiar with Rocket Raccoon from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” comic book series turned blockbuster film. In it, Bradley Cooper voices the much-loved character who provides a lot of comic relief in the otherwise action-packed film. Capture the fun-loving essence of raccoons with this leather bag that features an adjustable strap and snap button closure. It features a raccoon’s face in a delicately and lovingly handmade accessory that you’ll love sporting throughout Spring and Summer. Shop at Etsy.
2. Mini Leather Fox Bag for Kids
What did the fox say? Here’s a little something for your tiny tots! This mini leather fox bag features a La Lisette classic design that’s been around since 2010. This bag is made of genuine leather and features cute fox eyes and a snap button nose. Its hardware is made of brass metal and it includes a leather cord for carrying. Comes in a whimsical white and brown color that’s truly inspired by woodland foxes and animals! This charming bag is great for playdates and family reunions. Show off your little girl’s style with this chic bag, where she can hide her candy! Shop at Etsy.
3. Cute Koala Cross Body Bag in Vegan Fabric
Turn heads on the streets and in the park with this super cool koala cross body bag. It is lovingly crafted using synthetic leather for its appliqued face on the flap that closes with a concealed magnetic button. It has a handy zipper compartment on the front, which also features a fabric eucalyptus leaf zip pull—totally koala-approved! This 100% handmade bag also comes with a pair of adorable large koala ears made of soft fleece fabric. It’s great for days out in the park, at brunch with friends, or for playdates. Shop at Etsy.
4. Bunny Crossbody Bag Inspired by the Woodland Forest
This little crossbody bag looks like it just stepped out of the whimsical woodland forests where fairies and creatures reside in loving harmony. The chubby bunny bag comes with a pair or large floppy bunny ears and a machine embroidered face on the flap. It also includes a magnetic snap button and a handy zipper compartment on the inside for phones and other knick knacks. This sling purse is great for sunny days out with friends and family. Its wider bottom can even accommodate a small folded umbrella and medium sized purses and power banks. Shop at Etsy.
5. Alpaca Backpack
We absolutely love alpacas, which are smaller and cuter than their larger counterparts, the llamas! This whimsical backpack features an alpaca face flap and hairdo that are all machine embroidered using synthetic leather. Look closer and you’ll find that he has charming little eyelashes! The flap also comes with a magnetic snap button and two additional magnetic button closures for its opening and a large zip pocket inside for extra storage. It comes with a zip pocket in front that closes with the cutest little leaf zip pull. The bag is large enough to store your folded umbrella, phone, powerbank, makeup, a small book, and anything else you want to tote around in this chic bag. It’s 100% handmade with love. Shop at Etsy.
Sleek Bags for Work and Play
6. Kate Spade New York Cat Smartphone Crossbody Bag
Keep your tech in check with this smartphone crossbody bag that’s inspired by our little feline friends. It features an adorable cat design with soft pink ears and a twinkly crystal nose. It’s made of crosshatched leather and can fit iPhones versions 6 to X. It also features a crossbody chain strap that’s super chic and stylish. Get this playful, stylish bag just in time for Spring and Summer for fun days out in the warm sun. Shop at Nordstrom.
7. Cult Gaia The Babe Straw Bag
Going for a barnyard chic look? This whimsical straw bag features a plump pig shape woven from breezy natural straw. It’s perfect for the Year of the Pig and is great for Springtime frolicking in music festivals and picnics. Shop at Nordstrom.
8. OMG Mini Faux Fur Unicorn Backpack
Bring out your inner wide-eyed child with this unicorn backpack! This whimsical bag features faux-fur unicorn appliqué with glittery accents. It’s great for school or work and features enough space to tote around your phone, wallet, foldable umbrella, a little novel, and a small makeup pouch. Shop at Nordstrom.
9. Ted Baker London Kirstie Cat Leather Crossbody Bag
Perfect for Valentine’s Day date night, this leather crossbody bag features a feline-inspired design complete with cat ears, whiskers, and a button nose. It features a top zip closure, interior zip pocket, and an optional chain crossbody strap. Shop at Nordstrom.
10. Loewe Cat T Pouch
Only crazy cat ladies will understand the need to invest in this one of a kind purse. The Cat T Pouch features a mischievous cat head drawing in white against its gorgeous tan color. The bag is made of calfskin in Spain and is crafted for the most discerning cat-loving women out there. Shop at 24 Sèvres.
These whimsical animal-themed purses and bags are great for adding a touch of charm to any outfit. Now that we are in the middle of winter, we’re already dreaming of the sunny Spring and Summer days. It’s never too early to prepare for our fun ensembles when the hot weather rolls around. These whimsical animal-themed purses and bags will add a certain charm to any outfit as the seasons change.
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