Juicy Couture Black Star Satchel, $348 via ShopBop
If you hate bags like the Juicy Couture Black Star Satchel and wish they’d go away, blame Proenza Schouler for the astronomical success of the brand’s PS1 satchel. Since its debut, a passel of imitators both high-end and low have come along to give consumers a similar structure with a slightly different flair, and from that group has come some great bags, most notably the Mulberry Alexa.
I, on the other hand, adore these bags. They’re roomy, functional and classic without being stuffy or dated, and the sub-$400 price point on this bag in particular makes it a good fit for women who want to get the look without shelling out a huge amount of money for the original. This bag is still unique enough that it’s nowhere near a direct copy, and that’s always what I prefer when I’m in search of a “look for less” option.
Between these two colorways, I naturally gravitate toward the black-on-black option, which is another holdover from the wildly successful Proenza Schouler design. I think that the tonal hardware gives the bag a level of sophistication slightly above those with contrasting hardware, which is why the black PS1 has always been my favorite even though I usually go for brighter bags. Buy through ShopBop for $348.