MILAN — The world economy and political scene may be murky and unstable, but spring handbag trends at Mipel were crisp and clear: ethnic themes, an earth-color palette, and styles loaded with studs, stitching, fringes and wood or horn details.

Last season’s bestsellers by design houses such as Balenciaga, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Bottega Veneta served as inspirations for many of the exhibitors. For example, versions of Bottega Veneta’s famous intrecciato signature, made with interwoven leather strips, was displayed at many booths.

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