When you think of cult designer handbags, you no doubt picture the Dior saddle, the Chloe Faye, or the Fendi Peekaboo. You also likely picture your bank balance falling through the floor and quickly leave that dream behind.
Thankfully, the current must-have - as agreed by both fashion editors and influencers alike - is the Loewe basket bag, which is surprisingly affordable.
The label behind other sell-out styles such as the Puzzle, the Elephant, the Hammock and the Gate - which are all famously high-end - has, for the second season in a row, served up the most perfect summer bag in the form of a fuss-free straw tote. And it's right at the lower end of the brand's price point.
Starting at £187 for the smallest version and £325 for the larger style, it features a simple, woven basket with leather handles and a leather patch embossed with the brand's iconic emblem.
Admittedly still more than many of us would like to drop on, well, anything, it remains one of the best-value pieces in the Spanish design giant's repertoire, meaning loyal fans of the brand without the budget for its usual offering can snap up a slice of Loewe at a fraction of the price.
And while it's no doubt the original that's splattered across our Instagram feed most frequently, the leather label has also conjured up some seriously zhushed incarnation in the form of a very popular Paula’s Ibiza version with an orange leather patch (instead of tan) a well as a crystal-embellished version.
This is the little-known brand our Fashion Editor can't stop wearing and it will be all over Instagram this summer
Perfect for the summer that's *finally* shown its face, these Loewe baskets are the ultimate hard-working tote. Wear it with jeans an an easy tee for a lazy Saturday in a pub garden, with a frilly floral midi for a barbecue with friends or with your cossie and Tevas at the beach. That's one big fat versatility tick from us.