When I think of a bag I’d call a “best bet,” it’s a useful, simple design that could fit into a lot of different women’s lives and that comes at a reasonable price for what you get.
It’s exceedingly rare that I peruse a fashion retailer’s new arrivals and think to myself, “Whoa, that’s a good deal.” Even when it comes to contemporary designs, bags usually look more or less as expensive as they are, and when they don’t, we try to document the fashion world’s rare good values in as much detail as possible.
There aren’t many brands that hit the sweet spot of delivering good value for your money without becoming wildly overexposed, but somehow, Furla has managed to do that for years. The Italian brand’s bags are sophisticated without being stuffy and they hit at a solidly “contemporary” price point, which makes Furla an ideal place to find both a work bag and a cute little weekend option.
You may have heard about Kendall and Kylie Jenners’ recently launched shoe line, aptly named Kendall + Kylie; the youth-focused (but not cheap) collection landed in some huge retailers, including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Handbags were conspicuously absent from the mix, especially for two sisters who love them so much, but that won’t be true much longer: Women’s Wear Daily reports that for fall, the sisters’ handbags will debut in stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks.
When Mansur Gavriel came along a couple years ago and exposed a glaring blind spot in the contemporary market for sophisticated, modern bags at a relatively reasonable price point, retailers reacted quickly. Not only did basically every store imaginable try to stock the brand, but plenty of retail buyers went out looking for new or previously overlooked designers who could cater to similar tastes.
Even though our interests tend to linger at the top end of the handbag price continuum, those of us here at PurseBlog consider ourselves practical people. (Sometimes.) An extremely fancy bag isn’t always in the financial cards, and for plenty of people who adore fashion, it’s completely unimaginable.
Not every piece of fashion gets an official name, but handbags almost always do. Because bags are more consumer-centric than, say, ball gowns, naming a bag helps a design’s fans latch onto it, discuss it amongst themselves (often on our PurseForum) and more easily reference it when shopping in stores or searching online.
Coach’s evolution under creative director Stuart Vevers has been a topic of interest around the PurseBlog offices since he arrived at the brand in 2013, and we’re always excited to see what he and his team are working on for upcoming seasons.