Forget spending mortgage money on a designer handbag; a recent wave of countless new designers has emerged making stylish, trend-lead accessories for under the £500 mark. From the Instagram favourites to the practical designs our fashion team love, here are 6 brands to know for an affordable update…
Style: Top-handle, everyday bags in spring-ready pastel shades.
Fans include: Bloggers Caro Daur, Blanca Miro, Millie Mackintosh and the inimitable Eva Chen.
Price point: From €370.
Added extras: Every bag has practical long strap, and we love how butter soft leather means we can fit all our everyday essentials.
Style: A mix of polished leather bucket bags, totes, drawstring styles and crossbodies.
Fans include: Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo, The Sartorialist creative director Jenny Walton, Sienna Miller and Gigi Hadid have all been spotted with variations.
Price point: From £260.
Added extras: We love the brand’s now iconic caramel leather pieces, but for something more fashion forward put your name on the waitlist for the impossibly cool pleated bucket styles.
Style: Boxy, top-handle pieces with quirky details; think red croc finishes, circular shapes and even the odd bit of feather trimming.
Fans include: The fashion pack, from Alexa to Harley Viera Newton.
Price point: From £160.
Added extras: The brand made its name with its macramé and leather bucket styles, but these days it offers much more than just that cult hit. One of those ‘if you know, you know’ labels, all the coolest girls are fans.
Style: Eclectic – designed by Tory Birch’s stepdaughters, the brand aims to be fearless, bold and strong with their statement accessories.
Price point: From £260.
Added extras: The brand offers a host of different options; from fringing to chain detail, caged designs to bucket styles, there’s something for everyone.
Style: Famed for making the winged bag format more accessible, the Dutch brand’s bags tread the line between on-trend and functional.
Fans include: The coolest editors – this month we’ve spotted it on the cover of Vogue Netherlands and the arm of NET-A-PORTER’s Elizabeth Von Der Goltz.
Price point: From £335.
Added extras: This season it’s no longer just about the recognisable winged design – fans looking for something a little different will love the boxy tote alternatives.
Style: Seriously trend-lead – pastel-coloured belt bags, slouchy oversized totes and mock croc crossbodies characterise the new collection.
Fans include: A glittering roster of influencers; Pernille Taesbaek, Loulou de Saison, Song of Style and Lucy Williams all love the brand.
Price point: From €320.
Added extras: It’s not just great handbags – Nanushka offers stylish ready-to-wear and even more killer footwear and accessories, making it a name to know.