Even though we love designer bags (obviously), we’re all big believers in the idea that shoppers don’t need to spend four figures (or anywhere near it) in order to get a beautiful, well-made, expensive-looking bag that will serve them well for the season and beyond.
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.
It doesn’t happen that often, but sometimes I come across a bag while working on something and just can’t get it out of my head. That’s the case with the Kara Tie Shoulder Bag; I discovered it while looking for a handful of affordable black everyday bags, and it struck me as a particularly great option.
The rich textures that make up a cold-weather wardrobe are undeniably more luxurious than the thin textiles and woven straws of the summer months, but anything that luxe comes with a price. Because we believe in looking for good values even when shopping high-end things, we’re big fans of shearling, and this winter’s crop of bags is full of it.