Over the past few years, a new handbag market has emerged. It’s not exactly contemporary, but it’s more attainable and casual than premiere designer, and it’s probably most accurately referred to as “premium contemporary.” It offers the same sophisticated finish that comes with much pricier bags, and pioneering premium contemporary brands like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim have found a market flush with consumers looking for a particular mix of style and ubstance.

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Circle in Square Quilted Satchel

Price:$628 via Bloomingdale’s

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the midst of a total revamp, but this bag reminds us of exactly what we love about the brand. With a functional shape and subtle quilted details, this carry-anywhere tote looks much more expensive than it is.

With each passing season, finding a beautiful, reasonably priced bag becomes more and more difficult. Handbag prices are ever on the rise, and although we do our best to bring you a weekly dose of bags that won’t break the bank, the prospect of finding the perfect contemporary bag can still feel daunting. Today, we’re here to demystify the season’s bag selection and offer up 20 potentially perfect bags to get your season started.

If you felt a bit of warmth in the air this weekend, you know it’s coming. No, not just spring (although yay, spring!), but wedding season. If you’re in your 20s or 30s (and, to a lesser but still significant extent, living and breathing at all), you’ve probably received a Save the Date or six in the mail so far.

If you’re a fan of the Coach Borough Bag, spring is going to be super exciting for you. Coach’s lookbook showed up in our inbox last week, and not only is it full of striped and patchwork takes on the bag, but the Borough now comes in sizes ranging from weekender to micro-mini. The bag’s handles also get translated to a slightly simpler bag, the Coach Town Tote, for those who found the Borough’s many compartments a bit daunting.

Now that the frenzy of New York Fashion Week has been gone for a while, we’ve had an opportunity to look back at the collections we saw and handbags we’ve drooled over, and we’ve found another one that we think you need to see: Kate Spade’s Fall 2014 Handbags. The brand’s bags always manage to straddle the divide between affordable and editorial with aplomb, and for fall, it’s taken on everything from faux fur to faux Chinese food takeout boxes.

Few brands create a buying frenzy like Mansur Gavriel does these days. The young brand’s minimal, sophisticated bags retail at contemporary prices and sell out almost immediately upon delivery, and until now, it’s been impossible to place a simple online pre-order for them like you can with bigger brands that retail at places like Neiman Marcus or Saks. Today, that’s changes – Mansur Gavriel Fall 2014 handbags are available for pre-order at Moda Operandi, which may very well be the only way to ensure you get one.

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