Depending on your age, odds are that you automatically associate Coach with one of two things: solid-color leather bags in basic shapes, or logo canvas bags with lots of luggage tags and other attendant doodads. While both of those things are still readily available from Coach for the brand’s huge, diverse customer base, many of you have likely noticed that there’s a big middle ground between those two extremes at which Coach has become quite skilled.
Savvy Bags on a Budget
In my heart of hearts, I know that literally any type of bag can be executed well. Despite my own personal tastes and biases, there is a “best” version of everything, and more often than not, that version is objectively quite attractive and will look great when styled appropriately. Before today, I might have told you that the exception to those rules was belt bags, but now that I’ve seen the Rachel Zoe Belt Bag and B-Low The Belt Tassel Belt Bag, I’m feeling more open-minded.
If you haven’t thought about California contemporary brand Linea Pelle in a while, it might be time you seek out the brand’s bags once again. They’re casual, made of wonderful, soft leather, and best of all, they won’t absolutely empty your bank account – everything on the brand’s website currently retails for less than $400, all the way from mini crossbody bags to large, carry-everything tote bags.
The contemporary market is full of cute little crossbody bags, and for good reason – not only are they functional weekend pieces for the market’s young customers, but because of their diminutive sizes, they’re at the lower end of the brand’s price range, which helps entice new customers to check out the brand’s wares. The problem, though, is that not all designers are particularly creative when it comes to these pieces – there are a lot of zipper-topped rectangles out there right now.
If you haven’t taken a look at Furla handbags recently, it might be time to take note. We were lucky enough to attend the Furla Fall 2013 Handbag Preview recently, and the attainably priced line is looking more luxe than ever. Fine leathers, rich, bright calf hairs, metal embellishments here and there – the collection strikes just the right note between trendy and traditional, yielding a set of bags that won’t drain your bank account while still looking current for seasons to come.
For a trend that’s going to be very easily identifiable as “so last season” in a year’s time, holographic bags are expensive. With brands like Celine, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler leading the way into a more iridescent future, getting the look for a price that feels commensurate with the trend’s staying power (or probable lack thereof) has been challenging.
We introduced you to the Juicy Couture Beach Print Clutches last month, and the combination of a fun photo print and an affordable price tag meant that they were quite well-received. After all, who doesn’t want to carry a little bit of summer with them wherever they go? Even if you can’t be at the beach, at least you can gaze upon one of these fun beach print bags.
Not only do we love a scrappy upstart in the handbag world, but we also love a bold jewelry line, which means that Mawi Fall 2013 Handbags are right up our alley. The London-based brand was originally launched a decade ago as a jewelry upstart, and based on the clutch above, we’re betting you can guess what kind of jewelry Indian-born designer Mawi makes – big, statement-making, incredibly shiny.
Contemporary bag designers walk a very precarious line every day. The people who buy their bags pay attention to fashion and lust after bags that cost well into the four figures, and if buying one of their bags feels like a huge step down in style and quality, customers will go elsewhere. Customers will also go elsewhere, though, if a contemporary brand spends too much money on fancy leather and hardware, thereby driving up the prices of its bags.
A few weeks ago, I realized I hadn’t bought a new bag in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love bags; at this point, though, my collection is expansive and I’m surrounded by bags every single day, both of which help curb my consumerism. However, I started to get an itch and realized it was because I wanted a new bag.