Best-Bags-Under-600

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.


This purple python-embossed Rebecca Minkoff MAB Bombe Bag was easily my favorite from Rebecca’s Fall 2012 runway show, and the subtle differences in the colors of the pieced faux python (plus the contrasting green trim) makes this a very special version of the bag that made Minkoff famous. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $525.


I first explained my love for the Cole Haan Crosby Tote a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t get enough of this turquoise suede version either, which also comes in pink and chartreuse. This bag is such a useful shape and comes in so many colors and materials that you really can’t beat it for the price. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $348.


With the amazing orange color and the simple, workmanlike construction, the IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Duane Crossbody has a bit of an Hermes-esque aesthetic to it, but without the Hermes price tag. Buy through Nordstrom for $158.


Naturally, the Coach Legacy Leather Duffel is totally essential. The price is insanely good for such a large, functional leather bag, and it comes in every color imaginable, almost literally. (For example: Not one, but two shades of purple.) Buy through Coach for $348.


Embellished bags are huge for fall, and although they can be hard to find at a reasonable price point because of the extra work involved in making them, you can still get a similar look with a bold printed style like the Kate Spade A La Vita Rory Shoulder Bag. Tuck the strap inside and it becomes a super chic oversized clutch! Buy through Neiman Marcus for $278.


After a spring and summer filled with so many brights, treat yourself to some mixed neutrals via the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spot On Crossbody. Buy through Nordstrom for $348.


Fall means that the holidays are coming, and for most people, that means travel of some sort. Treat yourself to a carry-on like the Pendleton The Portland Collection Large Travel Bag to make up for those long security lines that you’ll be standing in. Buy through ShopBop for $168.


Black bags are a big deal for fall, and the angular, ladylike Z Spoke Zac Posen Posen Leather Satchel (yes, that’s really its name) is unlike anything else we’ve seen at a comparable price point. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $525.

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  • AddisonDewitt

    all ugly except the Coach

  • blackbeltshopper

    The best was the Tory Burch bag

  • Eli

    Everything was beautiful and inexpensive! Tory Burch is TDF! :)

  • SandiG

    The Coach bag is a nice surprise!! Very Classy

  • http://twitter.com/Shop_Bestshoes Bestshoes

    good

  • skippy

    I think Coach had the best one out of the whole lot.

  • Norma Jeane Monroe

    I don’t know what it is but I really like the purple python-embossed Rebecca Minkoff MAB. The colors seem a bit funky/odd paired together which is probably why I’m so drawn to it.

  • Shay

    The worst bag on this list is the Pendleton the Portland Collection Large Travel Bag. The colors are all over the place. The Zac Posen satchel is oddly shaped. The Tory Burch Priscilla Frame Satchel is by far the best. I have to agree with Norma Jean there is something a bit funky or odd about the Minkoff Bag. I have two bags by RM one in the color purple and the other in what she calls eggplant and this bag is closer to eggplant (aubergine) color. I guess it’s a mute point because both are still the color purple just different shades. I’m not a fan of Cole Hann or Grysons Joy Gryson, line although I do own the Gryson Cybelle in beige. The Coach is too plain. I love Kate Spade. I have the Melinda satchel in black patent and gold but I’m just not a fan of Zebra print. Marc Jacobs has had much better designs then this “spot on” crossbody bag. I’ve got two great options here the Tory Burch and the Rebecca Minkoff. Both appear to be great bags. The worst bag on this list is the Pendleton the Portland Collection Large Travel Bag. The colors are all over the place. The Zac Posen satchel is oddly shaped. The Tory Burch Priscilla Frame Satchel is by far the best. I have to agree with Norma Jean there is something a bit funky or odd about the Minkoff Bag. I have two bags by RM one in the color purple and the other in what she calls eggplant and this bag is closer to eggplant (aubergine) color. I guess it’s a mute point because both are still the color purple just different shades. I’m not a fan of Cole Hann or Grysons Joy Gryson, line although I do own the Gryson Cybelle in beige. The Coach is too plain. I love Kate Spade. I have the Melinda satchel in black patent and gold but I’m just not a fan of Zebra print. Marc Jacobs has had much better designs then this “spot on” crossbody bag. I’ve got two great options here the Tory Burch and the Rebecca Minkoff. Both appear to be great bags.

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