Ahhh…the beautiful thought of designer handbags! There is a feeling that washes over us whenever we hold a new, beautiful designer handbag in our eager hands. It is a feeling of being trendy with current fashion, newness, and an overall sense of prestige. Yes, there is no denying it; we just tend to feel better about ourselves whenever the newest bags of the season come into our possession. We feel much better having known that we have paid a hefty amount for a wonderful designer handbag than only forking over a fraction of the cost for some inauthentic, cheap handbag.
Designer handbags have special features, beautiful packaging, and are made with the highest quality materials. They are well thought out, highly detailed and designed, and leave a lasting impression on those who admire from afar, and our bank accounts.
Yes, even more so than the way that a designer handbag looks, the high price point sets it apart and ensures that these masterpieces are in a completely different category than “regular” handbags. They are beyond special and worthy of every glance they get.
There are many strategic factors that impact the price point of a designer bag, such as markup, shipping, etc, that really can’t be avoided. However, overall, many designers truly try hard to cater to their customers as well as their fans that can't afford the super extravagant bag by creating a less expensive handbag collection. For example, the well known designer Michael Kors sells his high-end handbags under the Michael Kors label, while he has a less expensive collection sold under the MICHAEL by Michael Kors label.
The biggest impact on price comes from the quality of the materials used, so you could get a bag with a designer label that isn't as rare in materials as some of the others. Lastly, costs can be cut with packaging. The designer handbags are mostly sold with a special cloth bag to keep them safe, while their less expensive line may not.
10 Longchamp, Le Pliage Large Tote: $145
Let’s face it; this bag is a classic and a fan favorite year after year. They are great for travel, bringing to the beach, or carrying everything that you need to bring to the office day after day. You might even say it’s a miracle bag! It is water resistant, lined with a little bit of leather bearing the Longchamp logo, and can be easily folded up and snapped close for storage. This bag is currently being sold in bright spring colors, but can also be found in the classics.
9 Kate Spade New York, Cedar Street—Monday Crossbody Bag: $148
We all know and love Kate Spade New York, as they produce fantastic wardrobe staples as well as embellished pieces that add just the right touch of sparkle to your wardrobe season after season. This Cedar Street Monday Crossbody is the perfect bag to wear out running errands, or do more shopping—without breaking the bank! It is simple, sophisticated, and offers a hands free approach to carrying a handbag. The compact design comes in bright hues and is crafted from lustrous crosshatched leather leaving you the feeling of being polished and poised.
8 Rebecca Minkoff, Mini MAC Crossbody Bag: $195
It may be mini in size, but certainly not in style! These crossbody bags helped Rebecca Minkoff make her name well-known in the industry and they have truly made their mark in our hearts and closets! This bag comes in a plethora of colors ranging from brights to neutrals, and can be worn with or without the gold chain for versatility. All leather with a print lining and an over-sized clip lock certainly makes this a big buy for a little cost.
7 Tory Burch, Ella Neoprene Logo Tote: $225
This vibrant handbag by the very well known Tory Burch is a great piece to have in your closet if you are obsessed with designer labels. Being a Tory bag, you know that it is great quality. This one specifically is lined in leather, embellished with a perforated logo, and gives off a very sporty vibe. It is fully lined to keep your possessions safe, and has been a brand favorite for years. How could you go wrong with a bag coming from a brand you already trust?
6 Furla, Satchel—Candy: $248
Unique in design and definitely a fashion forward bag, Furla has created a very specific eye candy that everyone is after this season. It is a super playful satchel that will add a pop of color or a flirty feel to every ensemble that you style together. It is a very sophisticated shape, but mixed with bold rubber colors that are a huge step in the direction of bold accessories! It featured double handles, top zip closure, and is available in very fun colors that are sure to win the heart of every fashionista that spots it.
5 Coach, Bleecker Mini Preston Satchel In Pebbled Leather: $258
Coach is a great designer brand known for working with leather and leather accessories to create fantastic designs. They design everything from minis to cross-bodies, satchels, and travel bags. Recently, they launched their collection Poppy, which is geared towards their younger clientele. The Bleeker Mini Preston Satchel is a smaller version of their bigger style, but fantastic nonetheless! Coming in pebbled leather, you are still getting a great quality handbag at a wonderful price point, packed with function and beautifully designed.
4 Marc by Marc Jacobs, What’s The T Tote Bag: $298
Similarly to the Michael Kors brand mentioned before, Marc Jacobs has also created a collection that is valued at a lesser price point, making it more accessible, but still bearing the Marc Jacobs name. This tote bag is a great carry all, year round, constructed of pebbled leather and featuring gold hardware. It has a seven inch drop, making it big enough to carry all of your essentials. Last but not least, it showcases a stamped logo at the bottom of the bag. Just what we want from Mr. Jacobs and more.
3 Cole Haan, Village Hobo: $298
If you are on the prowl for a designer handbag that is super classic in design, durable, and amazing quality, then this Village Hobo from Cole Haan is perfect for you! Known as fine crafters of leather goods, Cole Haan is on point again. It is a very streamlined bag with an overall chic appeal that will work with your day to evening looks and everything in between. Crafted from leather, oversized, and lined, this is the perfect addition to your wardrobe.
2 Michael Michael Kors, Hamilton Striped Canvas Tote: $298
If this bag doesn't have spring written all over it then I don't know what does! Michael Kors dropped their price point on this bag by mixing the striped canvas material at a lower price point with the leather trim, instead of having it completely covered in expensive leather. It featured the signature logo and gold hardware, plus their signature Hamilton body screams Michael Kors. Finished with protective metal feet, interior pockets, and a magnetic closure makes this bag a true winner.
1 B Brian Atwood, Juliette Party Chain Strap Backpack: $350
The B Brian Atwood label is the less expensive version of the original Brian Atwood brand, making it more easily available to Brian Atwood fans. This season, they delved into the backpack trends and have created a version that is making everyone long for adding this trend into their life. It is a modern transformation of the classic backpack design but have revolutionized it to appeal to today’s woman. The glamorous design is on trend as it seamlessly glides from day to night, is made of leather, fully lined, and features gold hardware along the flap closure.