Milly Paige Mini Shoulder Bag, $265 via Net-a-Porter
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Milly’s handbags have genuinely surprised me in the best way possible. The contemporary bag market has quickly become crowded with too many designers doing too few interesting things, and even in that environment, Milly has distinguished itself as a line that’s got very distinct design ideas and knows what to do with them.
Perhaps the second most important thing to know about Milly is that you won’t probably miss rent if you buy a bag like the Milly Paige Mini Shoulder. Most of the line’s similarly-priced competitors would be charging more (some of them, a lot more) for a comparable design.
Even though this bag isn’t huge, the amount of thought put into the design is easily enough that it looks like a bag that would retail somewhere between $295-$395. Crimson suede with aubergine leather trim? Gleaming gold hardware? A red suede lining for the bag’s top flap? The bag ticks a lot of the important fall trend boxes without looking super trendy, and the price makes it an absolute no-brainer. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $265.