As much as we love to ogle the most expensive handbags and accessories on the planet, those of us on the PurseBlog team understand that moderation is important. For almost all bag lovers, including us, going bananas and buying a bunch of four-figure (or higher) bags per season is just not a wise idea when you consider all the other things vying for our wallets’ attention. That’s why, at least once a season, we sit down and find The Best Bags Under $600.
Even though $600 still isn’t much of a bargain to a lot of people, it is something of a magic number that divides the handbag market. Save for a few premium-contemporary lines like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim, most contemporary lines top out at about $600 for their everyday bags. Below that price point exists enough options to flesh out a full bag wardrobe and then some, and if you choose carefully, a lot of the designs look way more expensive than you might expect. Check out our picks for Fall 2012 after the jump.
We’ll start with what I think is the best contemporary debut of the season – the Tory Burch Priscilla Frame Satchel, and the entire Tory Burch Priscilla line in general. If you had shown me a picture of this bag without brand details, I would have guessed it were Chloe or maybe Marni. It also comes in black and a great brick red. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $595.