Choosing a Western Bag

You’ve got the perfect shoes, a showstopping fit, and you’re about to head out the door. There’s just one thing missing before you’re ready to face the day—a Western bag.

Topping off your favorite outfit with the right Western bag allows you to carry everything you need from day to night with confidence and style. That’s why we compiled some of our favorite bags that add just the right amount of western flare to any look. These flashy handbags are made and designed by the best in the western industry, so don’t pass up these selections.

Sonora Crossbody

Western bag
Photo courtesy MJ Leather Designs
Western bag
Photo courtesy MJ Leather Designs

MJ Leather Designs creates handmade, one-of-a-kind leather bags with a variety of accents and materials. The Sonora #10 crossbody is made from black leather with 13” of dangly fringe and a colorful cotton serape print across the front. Carry all your favorite accessories in this roomy bag with an adjustable shoulder strap. Shop at

Buckskin Chisholm Handbag

Photo courtesy Espuela Design Co.

The handcrafted cream leather chap bag from Espuela Design Co. is an elegant piece. It’s made with exclusive Espuela metal hardware and a tight, hand-braided handle wrap. Chocolate brown leather fringe accents one side of the bag, and buckstitch pops against the dark leather. This bag makes a fun, handheld piece, but metal rings on the side allow you to add an optional braided leather strap. Shop at

Howdy Clutch

Photo courtesy Lov Leathers

Say Howdy to your favorite new cowhide clutch! This hot little number from Lov Leathers is available in a variety of colors. Due to the nature of cowhide, each clutch is unique. The bags all come with a detachable leather strap, and additional customizations are available as well—choose from Yeehaw, Rodeo, and Giddy Up! Shop at

Feelin the Sparks Canteen Purse

Photo courtesy Haute Southern Hyde

Haute Southern Hyde’s canteen-style purse features a tooled leather design with a pop of turquoise and center hide that varies from bag to bag. A leather shoulder strap makes this the perfect bag for a lady on the go. Shop at

Horse and Bit Crossbody Bag

Photo courtesy Wild Lake Beadwork

Fall in love with the gorgeous details on this crossbody from Wild Lace Beadwork. A brown bit-embossed leather flap folds over tricolor cowhide leather with a horse flap keeper. The adjustable buckle strap keeps up the snaffle bit theme. The bag is topped off with fringe on three sides. Shop at

Mini Designer

Photo courtesy Holy Cow Couture

Holy Cow Couture’s cowhide Mini Designer puts a twist on a classic hide bag with a pop of colorful fringe. Uniquely numbered with a Holy Cow Couture ear tag, the mini series is versatile enough for all of your errands. It comes with a beautifully detailed, thick, purple strap as well as simple leather strap so you can vary your look. Shop at

Kickin’ Around Mini Crossbody

Photo courtesy Mary Frances

A colorful kaleidoscope of beadwork by Mary Frances makes this little accessory perfect for an evening out. It’s big enough to hold a cell phone and has a back pocket for cash or credit cards, so everything has a spot in this tiny bag. Shop at

The Kennedy Crossbody by Kurtmen

Photo by Kurtmen Design

Add a pop of color to your look with this handmade bag by Kurtmen Design. The beautiful print is accented with soft leather knotted fringe and punch edge rivets. A center concho has fringe tassels and a turquoise stone to top it off. Shop at

This article about choosing for a Western bag appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of Western Life Today. Click to subscribe!

Raquel Lynn

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